Bangladesh elected vice-president of 76th UNGA Session

Diplomatic Correspondent

9 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has been elected as vice-president of the upcoming 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from the Asia Pacific Region for a one-year term beginning from September next.

The election was held at the UNGA on Monday where Bangladesh was elected unanimously. Along with Bangladesh, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Philippines were also elected as vice-presidents from the Asia Pacific Region.

“Bangladesh is a flag bearer of multilateralism and believes in the leadership of the UN in addressing the complex challenges facing the current world. Bangladesh maintains principled and constructive position in various global discourses in the field of development, peace and security and human rights. The election demonstrates the trust that the international community reposes on Bangladesh in the multilateral fora,” said Ambassador Rabab Fatima, the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, after the election. 

Abdulla Shahid, the foreign minister of the Maldives, has been elected as president of the 76th UNGA Session.

The 76th UNGA Session would be of particular significance as the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and its multidimensional impacts.

The UNGA consists of all the 193 member states and serves as the main deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the UN for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.

It meets under its president in annual sessions, which generally starts from September, at the UN headquarters in New York.

It may be mentioned that Bangladesh last time served as vice-president during the 71st session in 2016-2017.