The chancellor of Ecuador, María Fernanda Espinosa, was elected today as the new president of the UN General Assembly, a position she will hold for a year starting next September.
Espinosa is the fourth woman elected president of the General Assembly of the UN and the first Latin American.
“I deeply appreciate the vote of confidence that you have placed in Ecuador today to preside over this Assembly,” said the Ecuadorian minister in a speech immediately after the vote.
Espinosa dedicated his election “to all the women in the world who participate in politics today” and who face “attacks” and “machismo and discrimination.”
The General Assembly is one of the main organs of the United Nations and in it sits the 193 member states of the organization.
Espinosa will occupy the presidency during the 73rd session and replace the Slovak Miroslav Lajcak in the post.
The Presidency of the General Assembly corresponds each year, in turn, to a specific region and this time it falls to Latin America and the Caribbean.