Seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly

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Seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly
← 75th 14 September 2021 – 13 September 2022 77th →
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President of the 76th General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid
Host country United Nations
Venue(s)United Nations Headquarters
CitiesNew York City, United States
ParticipantsUnited Nations Member States
PresidentAbdulla Shahid
Websitewww.un.org/eng/ga

The Seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly is the ongoing session of the United Nations General Assembly which was opened on 14 September 2021. The President of the UN General Assembly is from Asia-Pacific Group.

Organisation for the session

President

On 7 June 2021, Maldivian politician and diplomat, and current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid was elected to the position of President of the General Assembly.[1]

In his vision statement, Shahid laid out some of his priorities for the session. Specifically, a stronger and more effective United Nations to inspire unity and solidarity, and above all hope. His "Five Rays of Hope” include recovering from COVID-19, rebuilding sustainably, responding to the needs of the planet, respecting the rights of all and revitalising the united nations. He also pledged that his team would be gender balanced, multi-national and geographical diverse. Finally he pledged to uphold the rules of procedure of the General Assembly for him, his team and the entire Assembly.[2][3]

Vice-Presidents

The General Assembly elected the following countries as the vice-presidents of the 76th session:

The five permanent members of the Security Council:[4]

As well as the following nations:[3]

Committees

The following were elected Chairs and Officers of the General Assembly's Main Committees for the 76th Session:[3]

First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)
Name Country Position
H.E. Omar Hilale  Morocco Chair
Vacant, Latin American and Caribbean Group Vice-chair
Amir Hamzah Mohd Nasir  Malaysia Vice-chair
Saša Milanović  Bosnia and Herzegovina Vice-chair
Sanna Leena Orava  Finland Rapporteur
Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization)
Name Country Position
H.E. Egriselda Aracely González López  El Salvador Chair
Angelito Ayong  Philippines Vice-chair
Lukáš Peter Prvý  Slovakia Vice-chair
Matthew Edbrooke  Liechtenstein Vice-chair
Youssouf Aden Moussa  Djibouti Rapporteur
Second Committee (Economic and Financial)
Name Country Position
H.E. Vanessa Frazier  Malta Chair
Nadja Micael  Eritrea Vice-chair
Karolina Krywulak  Poland Vice-chair
Claudia Larue  Dominican Republic Vice-chair
Prathma Uprety    Nepal Rapporteur
Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Issues)
Name Country Position
Mohamed Siad Doualeh  Djibouti Chair
Joongil Shin Republic of Korea Vice-chair
Devita Abraham  Trinidad and Tobago Vice-chair
Hanne Carlé  Belgium Vice-chair
Maria‑Iuliana Niculae  Romania Rapporteur
Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary Committee)
Name Country Position
H.E. Mher Margaryan  Armenia Chair
Ahmed Mohamed Ismail Elmahs  Egypt Vice-chair
Mike Ammann   Switzerland Vice-chair
Mohammed Abdulaziz Alateek  Saudi Arabia Vice-chair
Megayla Austin  Guyana Rapporteur
Sixth Committee (Legal)
Name Country Position
H.E.Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani  Qatar Chair
Ahmed Abdelaziz  Egypt Vice-chair
Justina Krutulyté  Lithuania Vice-chair
Ricardo García López  Spain Vice-chair
Ana L. Villalobos  Costa Rica Rapporteur

Seat allocation

As is tradition before each session of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General drew lots to see which member state would occupy the first seat in the General Assembly Chamber, with the other member states following according to the English translation of their name. For the 76th Session, Suriname was selected to sit in the first seat by Secretary-General António Guterres. This same order is followed in the six main committees, as well as other United Nations bodies.[3][5][6]

Agenda

The agenda for the 76th session, will be approved by the General Committee prior to the opening of the Session.

General debate

Each member of the General Assembly will have a representative speaking about issues concerning their country and the hopes for the coming year as to what the UNGA will do. This is an opportunity for the member states to opine on international issues of their concern.

The order of speakers is given first to member states, then observer states and supranational bodies. Any other observers entities will have a chance to speak at the end of the debate, if they so choose. Speakers will be put on the list in the order of their request, with special consideration for ministers and other government officials of similar or higher rank. According to the rules in place for the General Debate, the statements should be in of the United Nations official languages of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish, and will be translated by the United Nations translators. Each speaker is requested to provide 350 advance copies of their statements to the conference officers to facilitate translation and to be presented at the podium.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Election of the 76th President of the General Assembly". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  2. ^ "A Presidency of Hope: Vision statement by H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Maldives, candidate for the Presidency of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly" (PDF). United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Electing Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid President of Seventy-Sixth Session, General Assembly Selects Main Committee Bureaus, Economic and Social Council Members". United Nations Meetings Coverage and Press Releases. United Nations. 7 June 2021. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b Ruder, Nicole; Nakano, Kenji; Aeschlimann, Johann (2017). Aeschlimann, Johann; Regan, Mary (eds.). The GA Handbook: A Practical Guide to the United Nations General Assembly (PDF) (2nd ed.). New York: Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. pp. 17, 86–88. ISBN 978-0-615-49660-3.
  5. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 75 Memorandum 1. Organization of the seventy-fifth regular session of the General Assembly, adoption of the agenda and allocation of items A/BUR/75/1 page 5. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  6. ^ "63rd Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme: Information Note" (PDF). United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. United Nations. n.d. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 June 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2019.