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June 18, 2020

Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir elected President of the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly; Ireland, India, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway elected new non-permanent members of the Security Council for 2021-2023.

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Photo: The General Assembly holds elections by secret ballot without a plenary meeting. Elections took place for 75th President of the General Assembly, new non-permanent members of the Security Council, and new members of the Economic and Social Council.

Mr. Volkan Bozkir from Turkey was elected President of the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Assembly elected Ireland, India, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway as new non-permanent members of the Security Council for 2021-2023.

Mirgul Moldoisaeva (front row), Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations, and delegates behind her prepare their ballots during the General Assembly elections. June 17, 2020. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: The General Assembly holds elections by secret ballot without a plenary meeting. Elections took place for 75th President of the General Assembly, new non-permanent members of the Security Council, and new members of the Economic and Social Council.

Mr. Volkan Bozkir from Turkey was elected President of the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Assembly elected Ireland, India, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway as new non-permanent members of the Security Council for 2021-2023.

A delegate casts his vote for the next President of the General Assembly during the General Assembly elections. June 17, 2020. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, New York | June 17, 2020 — Wearing facemasks and practicing physical distancing, ambassadors from 192 UN Member States filed into the iconic General Assembly Hall to cast their ballots during pre-determined time slots: an added layer of protection in the COVID-19 era.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all had to work under extraordinary conditions to overcome the myriad of challenges facing us,” the current General Assembly President, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, said ahead of the elections.

“Indeed,” he added, “(they) represent our common commitment to ensuring the uninterrupted continuation of the important work of the United Nations, following the values and principles of the United Nations Charter.”

Mr. Volkan Bozkir from Turkey was elected President of the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Mr. Bozkir, a veteran diplomat and parliamentarian, will preside over the landmark 75th session of the UN General Assembly, which opens in September. He was the sole candidate for the post.

The General Assembly elected Ireland, India, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway as the new non-permanent members of the Security Council for 2021-2023.

Ambassadors of UN member states voted for five new countries to join the UN Security Council as non-permanent members.

The Council comprises five permanent members - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States - and ten non-permanent members, who serve for two-year periods.

While three countries vied for two seats allocated to African and Asia-Pacific States, only India was confirmed. Djibouti and Kenya face a second round of voting to on Thursday.

A similar race occurred for the Western European and other States group, where Canada did not secure the required two-thirds majority or 128 votes.

Norway and Ireland will begin their terms starting in January, as will Mexico, the representative for the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Eighteen countries will also occupy vacant seats in the Economic and Social Council, another of the UN’s six principal organs.

They are Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal, the Solomon Islands, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

Preparing for September

While this year’s General Assembly falls during the UN’s 75th anniversary, the pandemic adds to its historical significance, and the need to maintain safety measures.

Plans are in motion for the annual high-level week, where Heads of State address the world from the dais in the General Assembly Hall.

Mr. Muhammad-Bande, the current President, has written to the Member States about a scenario that foresees his successor’s and UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s presence in the Hall for the official opening. The world leaders will deliver their speeches via pre-recorded video statements.

Source: United Nations, New York

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