Seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly

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Seventy-second Session of the United Nations General Assembly
← 71st 12 September 2017 – 18 September 2018 73rd →
Miroslav Lajcak 2014 (11981540724).jpg
President of the 72nd General Assembly
Miroslav Lajcak
Host country United Nations
Venue(s)United Nations Headquarters
CitiesNew York City
ParticipantsMember States of the United Nations
Websitewww.un.org/en/ga/

The Seventy-second Session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on 12 September 2017. The President of the United Nations General Assembly was from the Eastern European Group.

Organisation for the session[edit]

President[edit]

Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak was elected as President of the General Assembly on 31 May 2017.[1][2]

Vice-presidents[edit]

There were twenty-one Vice-Presidents for the 72nd Session. They were: [2]

The five permanent members of the Security Council:

As well as the following nations:

Committee bureaus[edit]

The following were elected as Chairs and officers of the General Assembly committees for the 73rd Session:

First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) [3]

Name Country Position
H.E. Mr. Mohammad Hussein Ali Bahr Aluloom  Iraq Chairperson
Mr. Georg Sparber  Liechtenstein Vice-Chair
Ms. Terje Raadik  Estonia Vice-Chair
Mr. Alfredo Toro Carnevalli Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Vice-Chair
Ms. Martin Ngundze  South Africa Rapporteur

Second Committee (Economic and Financial) [4]

Name Country Position
H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson  Estonia Chairperson
Mr. Menelaos Menelaou  Cyprus Vice-Chair
Ms. Kimberly Louis  Saint Lucia Vice-Chair
Ms. Cristiana Mele  Italy Vice-Chair
Ms. Theresah Chipulu Luswili Chanda  Zambia Rapporteur

Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) [5]

Name Country Position
H.E. Mr. Einar Gunnarsson  Iceland Chairperson
Mr. Nebil Idris  Eritrea Vice-Chair
Ms. Alanoud Qassim M. A. Al-Temimi  Qatar Vice-Chair
Ms. Dóra Kaszás  Hungary Vice-Chair
Mr. Edgar Andrés Molina Linares  Guatemala Rapporteur

Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) [6]

Name Country Position
H.E. Mr. Rafael Darió Ramírez Carreño Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) Chairperson
Mr. Yasser Halfouni  Morocco Vice-Chair
Ms. Ceren Hande Őzgür  Turkey Vice-Chair
Mr. Ahmed Abdelrahman Ahmed Almahmoud  United Arab Emirates Vice-Chair
Mr. Angel Angelov  Bulgaria Rapporteur

Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) [7]

Name Country Position
H.E. Mr. Tommo Monthe  Cameroon Chairperson
Mr. Abbas Yazdani (Sep 2017 - 22 Mar 2018) Iran (Islamic Republic of) Vice-Chair
Mr. Haseeb Zohar (7 May 2018 - 18 September 2018)  Pakistan Vice-Chair
Ms. Julie O'Brien  Ireland Vice-Chair
Ms. Anda Grinberga  Latvia Vice-Chair
Mr. Felipe Garcia Landa  Mexico Rapporteur

Sixth Committee (Legal) [8]

Name Country Position
H.E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor  Singapore Chairperson
Mr. Duncan Laki Muhumuza  Uganda Vice-Chair
Mr. Angel Horna  Peru Vice-Chair
Ms. Carrie McDougall  Australia Vice-Chair
Mr. Peter Nagy  Slovakia Rapporteur

Seat allocation[edit]

As is tradition before each session of the General Assembly, Secretary-General António Guterres drew lots to see which Member State would occupy the first seat in the General Assembly Hall for the session, with the other Member States following according to the English translation of their name. The same order is followed in the six main committees.[9] For this session the Czech Republic was chosen to take the first seat of the General Assembly Chamber.[1]

General debate[edit]

Most states had a representative speak about issues concerning their country and the hopes for the coming year regarding the actions of the General Assembly. The general debate serves as an opportunity for Member States to declare which international issues are most pressing to them. The General Debate occurred from 19–25 September 2017, with the exception of the intervening Sunday.[10]

The theme for the session's debate was chosen by President Miroslav Lajcak as "Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet."[10]

The speaking order for the general debate was as follows: [11]

  • The President of the General Assembly: Called the meeting to order
  • The Secretary-General: Introduced the “Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization”
  • The President of the General Assembly: Opened the general debate and made a speech
  • Brazil, as per tradition, was the first Member State to speak in the general debate
  • The United States of America, as the host country, was the second Member State to speak
  • All other full Member States (speaking order is based on the level of representation, preference and other criteria such as geographic balance)
  • Only the Holy See, the State of Palestine and the European Union are invited to participate in the general debate (speaking slots are determined by the level of representation)

A voluntary 15-minute time limit for statements is to be observed in the general debate. According to the rules in place for the General Debate, the statements should be in one of the United Nations official languages of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish, and will be translated by the United Nations translators.

Resolutions[edit]

Resolutions came before the UNGA between October 2017 and summer 2018.

The tenth emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly was held in continuation during the tenure of this session on 21 December 2017 in regards to the status of Jerusalem.[12] United Nations General Assembly resolution ES-10/L.22 passed by 128 votes to nine against with 21 absentees and 35 abstentions.

Elections[edit]

The election of non-permanent members to the Security Council for 2019–2020 was held on 8 June 2018, in which South Africa, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Germany and Belgium were elected.[13]

An election to choose 18 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council for a three-year term will take place.[when?]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United Nations (31 May 2017). "General Assembly Elects Slovakia Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák President of Seventy-Second Session, while Selecting Bureaux for Main Committees". United Nations. United Nations. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand (2018). United Nations Handbook 2018–19 (PDF) (56th ed.). Wellington: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand. p. 22. ISSN 0110-1951.
  3. ^ United Nations General Assembly C.1 (n.d.). "Bureau of the 72nd Session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ United Nations General Assembly C.2 (n.d.). "Bureau of the 72nd Session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ United Nations General Assembly C.3 (n.d.). "Bureau of the 72nd Session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ United Nations General Assembly C.4 (n.d.). "Bureau of the 72nd Session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  7. ^ United Nations General Assembly C.5 (n.d.). "Bureau of the Fifth Committee of the 72nd session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. ^ United Nations General Assembly C.6 (n.d.). "Bureau". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  9. ^ Dag Hammarskjöld Library (26 September 2018). "How are member states seated in the General Assembly?". Dag Hammarskjöld Library. United Nations. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  10. ^ a b International Institute for Sustainable Development (n.d.). "72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)". International Institute for Sustainable Development. International Institute for Sustainable Development. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  11. ^ United Nations General Assembly (n.d.). "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  12. ^ http://vestnikkavkaza.net/news/UN-General-Assembly-rejects-Trump-s-Jerusalem-move.html
  13. ^ "Security Council Monthly" (PDF). www.reliefweb.int. June 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.

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