President of the
United Nations General Assembly
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Incumbent
Maldives Abdulla Shahid

since 14 September 2021
United Nations General Assembly
StyleHis Excellency
StatusPresiding officer
Member ofGeneral Assembly
ResidenceUnited Nations Headquarters
SeatNew York City, New York, United States
AppointerGeneral Assembly
Term lengthOne year
Constituting instrumentCharter of the United Nations
Inaugural holderBelgium Paul-Henri Spaak
Formation1946
Websiteun.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 is the chair and presiding officer of the General Assembly.

Abdulla Shahid is the current president since 14 September 2021. On 7 June 2021, he was elected as the 76th president of the United Nations General Assembly with an overwhelming three-fourth majority, with 143 in favour, 48 against and no abstentions and no invalid votes.[1]

Election

A map of the world showing the home countries of presidents of the United Nations General Assembly up until the 72nd session of the General Assembly in 2017–18, with historical member states in inset.
A map of the world showing the home countries of presidents of the United Nations General Assembly up until the 72nd session of the General Assembly in 2017–18, 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 UNGA.

The presidency rotates annually between the five geographic groups: African, Asia-Pacific, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean, and Western European and other States.[2]

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 modern countries that had a national elected as president of UNGA twice are Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Nigeria; all the other member states had been represented only once by their nationals holding this office, and Germany had a national elected once as Federal Republic of Germany and once as German Democratic Republic. This does not include special and emergency special sessions of UNGA.

List of presidents

Year elected Image Name of president[3] UN member state Region Sessions
1946
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Paul-Henri Spaak  Belgium WES First
1947
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Oswaldo Aranha  Brazil LAS First special
Second
1948
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José Arce  Argentina LAS Second special
1948
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Herbert Vere Evatt  Australia COS Third
1949
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Carlos P. Romulo  Philippines EAS Fourth, First Asian president
1950
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Nasrollah Entezam  Iran EAS Fifth
1951
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Luis Padilla Nervo  Mexico LAS Sixth
1952
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Lester B. Pearson  Canada COS Seventh
1953
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Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit  India COS Eighth, First woman president
1954
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Eelco van Kleffens  Netherlands WES Ninth
1955
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José Maza Fernández  Chile LAS Tenth
1956
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Rudecindo Ortega (es)  Chile LAS First emergency special
Second emergency special
1956
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Wan Waithayakon  Thailand EAS Eleventh
1957
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Leslie Munro  New Zealand COS Twelfth
Third emergency special
1958
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Charles Malik  Lebanon MES Thirteenth
1959
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Víctor Andrés Belaúnde  Peru LAS Fourteenth
Fourth emergency special
1960
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Frederick Boland  Ireland WES Fifteenth
Third special
1961
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Mongi Slim  Tunisia MES Sixteenth, First African president
1962
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Muhammad Zafarullah Khan  Pakistan COS Seventeenth
Fourth special
1963
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Carlos Sosa Rodríguez (es)  Venezuela LAS Eighteenth
1964
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Alex Quaison-Sackey  Ghana COS Nineteenth
1965
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Amintore Fanfani  Italy WES Twentieth
1966 Abdul Rahman Pazhwak  Afghanistan Asia Twenty-first
Fifth special
Fifth emergency special
1967
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Corneliu Mănescu  Romania EEG Twenty-second
1968
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Emilio Arenales Catalán  Guatemala GRULAC Twenty-third
1969
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Angie Brooks  Liberia Africa Twenty-fourth
1970
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Edvard Hambro  Norway WEOG Twenty-fifth
1971
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Adam Malik  Indonesia Asia Twenty-sixth
1972
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Stanisław Trepczyński  Poland EEG Twenty-seventh
1973
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Leopoldo Benites  Ecuador GRULAC Twenty-eighth
Sixth special
1974
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Abdelaziz Bouteflika  Algeria Africa Twenty-ninth
Seventh special
1975
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Gaston Thorn  Luxembourg WEOG Thirtieth
1976
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Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe  Sri Lanka Asia Thirty-first
1977
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Lazar Mojsov  Yugoslavia EEG Thirty-second
Eighth special
Ninth special
Tenth special
1978
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Indalecio Liévano  Colombia GRULAC Thirty-third
1979
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Salim Ahmed Salim  United Republic of Tanzania Africa Thirty-fourth
Sixth emergency special
Seventh emergency special
Eleventh special
1980
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Rüdiger von Wechmar  Federal Republic of Germany WEOG Thirty-fifth
Eighth emergency special
1981
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Ismat T. Kittani  Iraq Asia Thirty-sixth
Seventh emergency specialContinuation
Ninth emergency special
Twelfth special
1982
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Imre Hollai  Hungary EEG Thirty-seventh
1983
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Jorge Illueca  Panama GRULAC Thirty-eighth
1984
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Paul J. F. Lusaka  Zambia Africa Thirty-ninth
1985
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Jaime de Piniés  Spain WEOG Fortieth
Thirteenth special
1986
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Humayun Rashid Choudhury  Bangladesh Asia Forty-first
Fourteenth special
1987
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Peter Florin  German Democratic Republic EEG Forty-second
Fifteenth special
1988
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Dante Caputo  Argentina GRULAC Forty-third
1989
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Joseph Nanven Garba  Nigeria Africa Forty-fourth
Sixteenth special
Seventeenth special
Eighteenth special
1990
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Guido de Marco  Malta WEOG Forty-fifth
1991
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Samir Shihabi  Saudi Arabia Asia Forty-sixth
1992
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Stoyan Ganev  Bulgaria EEG Forty-seventh
1993
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Rudy Insanally  Guyana GRULAC Forty-eighth
1994
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Amara Essy  Ivory Coast Africa Forty-ninth
1995
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Diogo de Freitas do Amaral  Portugal WEOG Fiftieth
1996 Razali Ismail  Malaysia Asia Fifty-first
Tenth emergency special
Nineteenth special
1997
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Hennadiy Udovenko  Ukraine EEG Fifty-second
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Twentieth special
1998
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Didier Opertti  Uruguay GRULAC Fifty-third
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Twenty-first special
1999
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Theo-Ben Gurirab  Namibia Africa Fifty-fourth
Twenty-second special
Twenty-third special
Twenty-fourth special
2000
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Harri Holkeri  Finland WEOG Fifty-fifth
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Twenty-fifth special
Twenty-sixth special
2001
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Han Seung-soo  South Korea Asia Fifty-sixth
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Twenty-seventh special
2002
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Jan Kavan  Czech Republic EEG Fifty-seventh
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2003
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Julian Hunte  Saint Lucia GRULAC Fifty-eighth
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2004
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Jean Ping  Gabon Africa Fifty-ninth
Twenty-eighth special
2005
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Jan Eliasson  Sweden WEOG Sixtieth
2006
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Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa  Bahrain Asia Sixty-first
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2007
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Srgjan Kerim  North Macedonia EEG Sixty-second
2008
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Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann  Nicaragua GRULAC Sixty-third
2009
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Ali Treki  Libya Africa Sixty-fourth
2010
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Joseph Deiss   Switzerland WEOG Sixty-fifth
2011
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Nassir Al-Nasser[4]  Qatar Asia-Pacific Sixty-sixth
2012
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Vuk Jeremić  Serbia EEG Sixty-seventh (election)
2013
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John William Ashe  Antigua and Barbuda GRULAC Sixty-eighth
2014
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Sam Kutesa  Uganda Africa Sixty-ninth
Twenty-ninth special
2015
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Mogens Lykketoft  Denmark WEOG Seventieth
Thirtieth special
2016
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Peter Thomson  Fiji Asia-Pacific Seventy-first (election)
2017
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Miroslav Lajčák  Slovakia EEG Seventy-second
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2018
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María Fernanda Espinosa  Ecuador GRULAC Seventy-third
2019
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Tijjani Muhammad-Bande  Nigeria Africa Seventy-fourth
2020
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Volkan Bozkır  Turkey WEOG Seventy-fifth
2021
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Abdulla Shahid  Maldives Asia-Pacific Seventy-sixth
Eleventh emergency special

Abbreviations

Pre-1966
Since 1966

See also

References

  1. ^ Abdulla, Lamya (7 June 2021). "Maldives' FM Abdulla Shahid elected as President of UN General Assembly". The Edition. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  2. ^ "About the General Assembly". United Nations. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Past Presidents". General Assembly of the United Nations. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar Elected President of General Assembly's Sixty-Sixth Session; Vice-Presidents, Main Committee Chairs Also Named". United Nations. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Asian Group of Nations at UN Changes Its Name to Asia-Pacific Group". Radio New Zealand. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2022.