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  • Ecuador's Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa at the U.N. General Assembly.

    Ecuador's Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa at the U.N. General Assembly. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 June 2018

It has been 45 years since Ecuador presided over the United Nations General Assembly.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa assumed Tuesday the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly in its 73rd session, which will begin in September later this year.

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Espinosa defeated Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake of Honduras by 128 votes to 62, with two abstentions. Espinosa will become the fourth woman ever to hold the UNGA presidency and the first since Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa, from Bahrain, in 2006-2007. It was the turn for Latin America and the Caribbean to nominate the assembly president based on a preset geographical rotation.

According to Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, it has been 45 years since the country has presided over the General Assembly, while for 19 years no South American nation has done so.

"I assume with a deep commitment the presidency of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It is a great honor for Ecuador to represent all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean before the Universal System. Thanks to all the states for their support."
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