Diplomacy

Peter Thomson elected as President of UN General Assembly’s 71st session

Fiji’s Ambassador to the UN in New York, Peter Thomson was elected as President of the General Assembly’s 71st Session earlier this morning. Ambassador Thomson’s candidacy was put forward by Fiji and eleven other Pacific Small Island Developing States at the UN. He was in a two‑way contest with Andreas Mavroyiannis of Cyprus. All 193 Member […]

Salote Qalubau

June 14, 2016 9:15 am

Fiji’s Ambassador to the UN in New York, Peter Thomson was elected as President of the General Assembly’s 71st Session earlier this morning.

Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations Peter Thomson speaks at a news conference after being elected as U.N. General Assembly President for the 71st session at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, New York. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations Peter Thomson speaks at a news conference after being elected as U.N. General Assembly President for the 71st session at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, New York. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Ambassador Thomson’s candidacy was put forward by Fiji and eleven other Pacific Small Island Developing States at the UN.

He was in a two‑way contest with Andreas Mavroyiannis of Cyprus.

All 193 Member States of the United Nations were eligible to participate in the simple‑majority, secret‑ballot election, with Ambassador Thomson receiving 94 votes and the candidate from Cyprus receiving 90 votes.

During his address, Ambassador Thomson said that he was grateful to the Fijian Government for electing him as Fiji’s ambassador.

THOMPSON: “I’d like to thank the Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fiji ambassadors overseas and the staff of the permanent mission of Fiji of the United Nations…while this is G77 supported presidency I want to assure everyone that this is a Presidency for the whole house.”

Ambassador Thomson congratulated Mr Mavroyiannis for the honourable manner in which the contest had been contested.

He expressed his deep appreciation to those who had given their support in today’s ballot and thanked the Government of Fiji and the Pacific Small Island Developing States for putting his name forward for the Presidency.

He gave special words of thanks to the hundreds of Fijians serving in the blue helmets and blue berets of UN peacekeeping in the world’s trouble-spots.

He said due to the Pacific Islands providing a new perspective he would be vocal during the 71st session regarding issues pertaining to climate change and its massive impacts on small developing Pacific Islands.

Ambassador Thomson said by the end of the 71st Session, the General Assembly must be able to show real progress on all seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.

As President-elect for the 71st Session, Ambassador Thomson pledged to serve the General Assembly, “in a spirit of fidelity and commitment to the common good, always in accord with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”

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