June 9, 2021

PH has been chosen as the 76 vice president of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

The Philippines has been voted as one of the vice presidents of the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) forthcoming 76th Session, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The Philippines will be represented at the session by Ambassador Enrique Manalo, the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations, from 2021 to 2022.

Bangladesh, Kuwait, and Laos were also voted as vice-presidents to represent the Asia-Pacific Group’s (APG) 54 member nations at the election conducted on Monday.

Last May 12, the APG supported the four countries’ nomination using the so-called silent mechanism, a decision-making technique that avoids the necessity for in-person meetings at the UN headquarters.

“As Vice-President of the 76th Session, I am looking forward to working with the President of the General Assembly and representing the Philippines. “I will work cooperatively with colleagues, along with the other Vice-Presidents, to contribute effectively to tackling the UN’s difficult concerns,” Manalo stated.

Meanwhile, Abdullah Shahid, the Maldives’ foreign minister, was voted as the session’s president.

Other areas, such as the African Group (AG), the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC), the Western European and Other States Group (WEOG), and the Eastern European Group (EEG), each have 18 vice-presidents chosen (EEG).

The General Assembly, which was established in 1945 under the United Nations Charter, is the UN’s primary deliberative, policymaking, and representation entity.

It is made up of all 193 UN members and serves as a platform for multilateral debate on international problems covered by the Charter. It also has a considerable impact on the development of international standards and the formulation of international law.

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