Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has been elected President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the 76th session, marking a historic first time Maldives has held such a position on the international stage
Minister Shahid won the poll with 143 votes, defeating former Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, who earned only 48 votes.
Following the historic victory, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih congratulated Minister Shahid, saying it was a great honor for the country. “I have no doubt Minister Shahid will do us all proud as UNGA President,” he added.
Minister Shahid said that it is a top responsibility to ensuring that the United Nations is efficient and effective in responding to the demands and priorities of its membership and that while this is a time of crisis, it is also an opportunity to restart and do better.
He further stated that his team will be gender-balanced, multi-national, and geographically diverse, with members from both developed and developing countries.
The position of President of the United Nations General Assembly is voted on annually by representatives in the UNGA. The President serves as the General Assembly’s chair and presiding officer.