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President of the
United Nations General Assembly
""Emblem of the United Nations.svg
""Flag of the United Nations.svg
""Miroslav Lajcak 2014 (11981540724).jpg
"Slovakia "Miroslav Lajčák

since 12 September 2017
"United Nations General Assembly
"Style "His Excellency
Status Presiding officer
Member of "General Assembly
"Residence "United Nations Headquarters
"Seat "New York City, "New York, "United States
Appointer "General Assembly
"Term length one year
Inaugural holder "Belgium "Paul-Henri Spaak
Formation 1946
Website un.org/en/ga/

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 presides over the sessions of the General Assembly.

"Miroslav Lajčák of "Slovakia has been elected as the United Nations General Assembly President of its 72nd session beginning in September 2017.



A map of the world showing the home countries of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly up until the 69th session of the General Assembly in 2014-15, with historical member states in inset.

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 UN General Assembly.

The presidency rotates annually between the five "geographic groups: "African, "Asia-Pacific, "Eastern European, "Latin American and Caribbean, and "Western European and other States.[1]

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 General Assembly president.

The only country that had a national elected as President of the United Nations General Assembly twice is "Argentina; 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 the General Assembly.

List of presidents[edit]

Year elected Name of President[2] UN member state Region Sessions
1946 "Paul-Henri Spaak  "Belgium WES "First
1947 "Oswaldo Aranha  "Brazil LAS First special
1948 "José Arce  "Argentina LAS Second special
1948 "Herbert Vere Evatt  "Australia COS Third
1949 "Carlos P. Romulo  "Philippines EAS "Fourth
1950 "Nasrollah Entezam  "Iran EAS Fifth
1951 "Luis Padilla Nervo  "Mexico LAS Sixth
1952 "Lester B. Pearson  "Canada COS Seventh
1953 "Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit  "India COS Eighth, First woman president
1954 "Eelco van Kleffens  "Netherlands WES Ninth
1955 "José Maza Fernández  "Chile LAS Tenth
1956 Rudecindo Ortega (de)  "Chile LAS "First emergency special
Second emergency special
1956 "Wan Waithayakon  "Thailand EAS Eleventh
1957 "Leslie Munro  "New Zealand COS Twelfth
Third emergency special
1958 "Charles Malik  "Lebanon MES Thirteenth
1959 "Víctor Andrés Belaúnde  "Peru LAS Fourteenth
Fourth emergency special
1960 "Frederick Boland  "Ireland WES Fifteenth
Third special
1961 "Mongi Slim  "Tunisia MES Sixteenth
1962 "Muhammad Zafarullah Khan  "Pakistan COS Seventeenth
Fourth special
1963 Carlos Sosa Rodríguez (es)  "Venezuela LAS Eighteenth
1964 "Alex Quaison-Sackey  "Ghana COS Nineteenth
1965 "Amintore Fanfani  "Italy WES Twentieth
1966 "Abdul Rahman Pazhwak  "Afghanistan Asia Twenty-first
Fifth special
Fifth emergency special
1967 "Corneliu Mănescu  "Romania EEG Twenty-second
1968 "Emilio Arenales Catalán  "Guatemala GRULAC Twenty-third
1969 "Angie Brooks  "Liberia Africa Twenty-fourth
1970 "Edvard Hambro  "Norway WEOG Twenty-fifth
1971 "Adam Malik  "Indonesia Asia Twenty-sixth
1972 "Stanisław Trepczyński  "Poland EEG Twenty-seventh
1973 "Leopoldo Benites  "Ecuador GRULAC Twenty-eighth
Sixth special
1974 "Abdelaziz Bouteflika  "Algeria Africa Twenty-ninth
Seventh special
1975 "Gaston Thorn  "Luxembourg WEOG Thirtieth
1976 "Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe  "Sri Lanka Asia Thirty-first
1977 "Lazar Mojsov  "Yugoslavia EEG Thirty-second
Eighth special
Ninth special
Tenth special
1978 "Indalecio Liévano  "Colombia GRULAC Thirty-third
1979 "Salim Ahmed Salim  "United Republic of Tanzania Africa Thirty-fourth
"Sixth emergency special
"Seventh emergency special
Eleventh special
1980 "Rüdiger von Wechmar  "Federal Republic of Germany WEOG Thirty-fifth
Eighth emergency special
1981 "Ismat T. Kittani  "Iraq Asia Thirty-sixth
"Seventh emergency specialContinuation
Ninth emergency special
Twelfth special
1982 "Imre Hollai  "Hungary EEG Thirty-seventh
1983 "Jorge Illueca  "Panama GRULAC Thirty-eighth
1984 "Paul J. F. Lusaka  "Zambia Africa Thirty-ninth
1985 "Jaime de Piniés  "Spain WEOG Fortieth
Thirteenth special
1986 "Humayun Rashid Choudhury  "Bangladesh Asia Forty-first
Fourteenth special
1987 "Peter Florin  "German Democratic Republic EEG Forty-second
Fifteenth special
1988 "Dante Caputo  "Argentina GRULAC Forty-third
1989 "Joseph Nanven Garba  "Nigeria Africa Forty-fourth
Sixteenth special
Seventeenth special
Eighteenth special
1990 "Guido de Marco  "Malta WEOG Forty-fifth
1991 "Samir Shihabi  "Saudi Arabia Asia Forty-sixth
1992 "Stoyan Ganev  "Bulgaria EEG Forty-seventh
1993 "Rudy Insanally  "Guyana GRULAC Forty-eighth
1994 "Amara Essy  "Ivory Coast Africa Forty-ninth
1995 "Diogo de Freitas do Amaral  "Portugal WEOG Fiftieth
1996 "Razali Ismail  "Malaysia Asia Fifty-first
"Tenth emergency special
Nineteenth special
1997 "Hennadiy Udovenko  "Ukraine EEG Fifty-second
"Tenth emergency specialContinuation
Twentieth special
1998 "Didier Opertti  "Uruguay GRULAC Fifty-third
"Tenth emergency specialContinuation
Twenty-first special
1999 "Theo-Ben Gurirab  "Namibia Africa Fifty-fourth
Twenty-second special
Twenty-third special
Twenty-fourth special
2000 "Harri Holkeri  "Finland WEOG Fifty-fifth
"Tenth emergency specialContinuation
Twenty-fifth special
Twenty-sixth special
2001 "Han Seung-soo  "South Korea Asia Fifty-sixth
"Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2002 "Jan Kavan  "Czech Republic EEG Fifty-seventh
"Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2003 "Julian Hunte  "Saint Lucia GRULAC Fifty-eighth
"Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2004 "Jean Ping  "Gabon Africa Fifty-ninth
2005 "Jan Eliasson  "Sweden WEOG Sixtieth
2006 "Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa  "Bahrain Asia Sixty-first
"Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2007 "Srgjan Kerim  "Republic of Macedonia EEG Sixty-second
2008 "Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann  "Nicaragua GRULAC Sixty-third
2009 "Ali Treki  "Libya Africa Sixty-fourth
2010 "Joseph Deiss   "Switzerland WEOG Sixty-fifth
2011 "Nassir Al-Nasser[3]  "Qatar Asia-Pacific "Sixty-sixth
2012 "Vuk Jeremić  "Serbia EEG "Sixty-seventh ("election)
2013 "John William Ashe  "Antigua and Barbuda GRULAC "Sixty-eighth
2014 "Sam Kutesa  "Uganda Africa "Sixty-ninth
2015 "Mogens Lykketoft  "Denmark WEOG "Seventieth
2016 "Peter Thomson  "Fiji Asia-Pacific "Seventy-first ("election)
2017 "Miroslav Lajčák  "Slovakia EEG "Seventy-second
"Tenth emergency specialContinuation


Since 1966

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UN: About the General Assembly". Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  2. ^ Presidents of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Un.org. Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  3. ^ United Nations document GA/11105
  4. ^ "Asian Group of nations at UN changes its name to Asia-Pacific Group", Radio New Zealand International, 31 August 2011.

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