President of the United Nations General Assembly
|President of the |
United Nations General Assembly
|United Nations General Assembly|
|Member of||General Assembly|
|Residence||United Nations Headquarters|
|Seat||New York City, New York, United States|
|Term length||One year|
|Constituting instrument||Charter of the United Nations|
|Inaugural holder||Paul-Henri Spaak|
The President of the United Nations General Assembly is a position voted for by representatives in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on a yearly basis. The President is the chair and presiding officer of the General Assembly.
On 17 June 2020, Volkan Bozkır of Turkey was elected the President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly and later succeeded Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, whose term officially ended in September 2020.
The session of the assembly is scheduled for every year starting in September—any special, or emergency special, assemblies over the next year will be headed by the President of the UNGA.
Because of their powerful stature globally, some of the largest, most powerful countries have never held the presidency, such as the People's Republic of China, France, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In particular, it is customary that no permanent member of the United Nations Security Council ever serves as UNGA president.
The only countries that had a national elected as President of UNGA twice are Argentina, Ecuador and Nigeria; all the other member states had been represented only once by their nationals holding this office. This does not include special and emergency special sessions of UNGA.
List of presidents
- COS: Commonwealth Seat
- EAS: Eastern European and Asian Seat
- LAS: Latin American Seat
- MES: Middle Eastern Seat
- WES: Western European Seat
- Since 1966
- Africa: African Group
- Asia-Pacific: Asian Group, since 2011 the Asia-Pacific Group
- EEG: Eastern European Group
- GRULAC: Latin American and Caribbean Group
- WEOG: Western European and Others Group
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