Peter Thomson elected new President of UN

United Nations: Peter Thomson has been elected as President of United Nation General Assembly on Tuesday. Thomson whose origin is from Fiji will be choosing successor of Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

In a very close and keenly contested election, Thomson who got 94 votes has closely defeated Andreas Mavroyiannis of Cyprus; by just a difference of four votes as he has secured 90 votes in his pocket.

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Basically, during this election for selection of President of United Nations General Assembly, it was a turn of Asia-Pacific region’s to hold the post as this is just a system of regional rotational.

This time the lack of a consensus sent election to a ballot by the 193-member General Assembly.

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Peter will look for the successor of Ban-Ki Moon and will elect next Secretary General of General Assembly.

Thomson could play an essential role in reviving his watch, if the Security Council reforms process does not pass the current session that ends in September.

He has in the past criticised the slow pace of Security Council reforms and assures for a greater efforts by UN members to deal such issues.

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Prime Minster of Fijian Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has said that his country strongly defends support for India’s bid for a permanent seat on the Security Council.

Soon after the election, Thomson told the General Assembly that his priorities will be the promotion of UN Sustainable Development Goals to enhance human welfare and climate change given that his island nation is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels from global warming. “We bring special perspectives on climate change and on oceans issues,” he said. “You can expect me to be vocal on these issues.”


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