President of the United Nations General Assembly

The president of the United Nations General Assembly is a position voted for by representatives in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on a yearly basis. The president is the chair and presiding officer of the General Assembly.

President of the
United Nations General Assembly
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Maldives Abdulla Shahid

since 14 September 2021
United Nations General Assembly
StyleHis Excellency
StatusPresiding officer
Member ofGeneral Assembly
ResidenceUnited Nations Headquarters
SeatNew York City, New York, United States
AppointerGeneral Assembly
Term lengthOne year
Constituting instrumentCharter of the United Nations
Inaugural holderBelgium Paul-Henri Spaak

Abdulla Shahid is the current president since 14 September 2021. On 7 June 2021, he was elected as the 76th president of the United Nations General Assembly with an overwhelming three-fourth majority, with 143 in favour, 48 against and no abstentions and no invalid votes.[1]


A map of the world showing the home countries of presidents of the United Nations General Assembly up until the 72nd session of the General Assembly in 2017–18, with historical member states in inset.

The session of the assembly is scheduled for every year starting in September—any special, or emergency special, assemblies over the next year will be headed by the President of the UNGA.

The presidency rotates annually between the five geographic groups: African, Asia-Pacific, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean, and Western European and other States.[2]

Because of their powerful stature globally, some of the largest, most powerful countries have never held the presidency, such as the People's Republic of China, France, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In particular, it is customary that no permanent member of the United Nations Security Council ever serves as UNGA president.

The only countries that had a national elected as president of UNGA twice are Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Nigeria; all the other member states had been represented only once by their nationals holding this office. This does not include special and emergency special sessions of UNGA.

List of presidentsEdit

Year elected Image Name of President[3] UN member state Region Sessions
1946   Paul-Henri Spaak   Belgium WES First
1947   Oswaldo Aranha   Brazil LAS First special
1948   José Arce   Argentina LAS Second special
1948   Herbert Vere Evatt   Australia COS Third
1949   Carlos P. Romulo   Philippines EAS Fourth, First Asian president
1950   Nasrollah Entezam   Iran EAS Fifth
1951   Luis Padilla Nervo   Mexico LAS Sixth
1952   Lester B. Pearson   Canada COS Seventh
1953   Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit   India COS Eighth, First woman president
1954   Eelco van Kleffens   Netherlands WES Ninth
1955   José Maza Fernández   Chile LAS Tenth
1956   Rudecindo Ortega (es)   Chile LAS First emergency special
Second emergency special
1956   Wan Waithayakon   Thailand EAS Eleventh
1957   Leslie Munro   New Zealand COS Twelfth
Third emergency special
1958   Charles Malik   Lebanon MES Thirteenth
1959   Víctor Andrés Belaúnde   Peru LAS Fourteenth
Fourth emergency special
1960   Frederick Boland   Ireland WES Fifteenth
Third special
1961   Mongi Slim   Tunisia MES Sixteenth, First African president
1962   Muhammad Zafarullah Khan   Pakistan COS Seventeenth
Fourth special
1963   Carlos Sosa Rodríguez (es)   Venezuela LAS Eighteenth
1964   Alex Quaison-Sackey   Ghana COS Nineteenth
1965   Amintore Fanfani   Italy WES Twentieth
1966 Abdul Rahman Pazhwak   Afghanistan Asia Twenty-first
Fifth special
Fifth emergency special
1967   Corneliu Mănescu   Romania EEG Twenty-second
1968   Emilio Arenales Catalán   Guatemala GRULAC Twenty-third
1969   Angie Brooks   Liberia Africa Twenty-fourth
1970   Edvard Hambro   Norway WEOG Twenty-fifth
1971   Adam Malik   Indonesia Asia Twenty-sixth
1972   Stanisław Trepczyński   Poland EEG Twenty-seventh
1973   Leopoldo Benites   Ecuador GRULAC Twenty-eighth
Sixth special
1974   Abdelaziz Bouteflika   Algeria Africa Twenty-ninth
Seventh special
1975   Gaston Thorn   Luxembourg WEOG Thirtieth
1976   Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe   Sri Lanka Asia Thirty-first
1977   Lazar Mojsov   Yugoslavia EEG Thirty-second
Eighth special
Ninth special
Tenth special
1978   Indalecio Liévano   Colombia GRULAC Thirty-third
1979   Salim Ahmed Salim   United Republic of Tanzania Africa Thirty-fourth
Sixth emergency special
Seventh emergency special
Eleventh special
1980   Rüdiger von Wechmar   Federal Republic of Germany WEOG Thirty-fifth
Eighth emergency special
1981   Ismat T. Kittani   Iraq Asia Thirty-sixth
Seventh emergency specialContinuation
Ninth emergency special
Twelfth special
1982   Imre Hollai   Hungary EEG Thirty-seventh
1983   Jorge Illueca   Panama GRULAC Thirty-eighth
1984   Paul J. F. Lusaka   Zambia Africa Thirty-ninth
1985   Jaime de Piniés   Spain WEOG Fortieth
Thirteenth special
1986   Humayun Rashid Choudhury   Bangladesh Asia Forty-first
Fourteenth special
1987   Peter Florin   German Democratic Republic EEG Forty-second
Fifteenth special
1988   Dante Caputo   Argentina GRULAC Forty-third
1989   Joseph Nanven Garba   Nigeria Africa Forty-fourth
Sixteenth special
Seventeenth special
Eighteenth special
1990   Guido de Marco   Malta WEOG Forty-fifth
1991   Samir Shihabi   Saudi Arabia Asia Forty-sixth
1992   Stoyan Ganev   Bulgaria EEG Forty-seventh
1993   Rudy Insanally   Guyana GRULAC Forty-eighth
1994   Amara Essy   Ivory Coast Africa Forty-ninth
1995   Diogo de Freitas do Amaral   Portugal WEOG Fiftieth
1996 Razali Ismail   Malaysia Asia Fifty-first
Tenth emergency special
Nineteenth special
1997   Hennadiy Udovenko   Ukraine EEG Fifty-second
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
Twentieth special
1998   Didier Opertti   Uruguay GRULAC Fifty-third
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
Twenty-first special
1999   Theo-Ben Gurirab   Namibia Africa Fifty-fourth
Twenty-second special
Twenty-third special
Twenty-fourth special
2000   Harri Holkeri   Finland WEOG Fifty-fifth
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
Twenty-fifth special
Twenty-sixth special
2001   Han Seung-soo   South Korea Asia Fifty-sixth
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
Twenty-seventh special
2002   Jan Kavan   Czech Republic EEG Fifty-seventh
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2003   Julian Hunte   Saint Lucia GRULAC Fifty-eighth
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2004   Jean Ping   Gabon Africa Fifty-ninth
Twenty-eighth special
2005   Jan Eliasson   Sweden WEOG Sixtieth
2006   Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa   Bahrain Asia Sixty-first
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2007   Srgjan Kerim   North Macedonia EEG Sixty-second
2008   Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann   Nicaragua GRULAC Sixty-third
2009   Ali Treki   Libya Africa Sixty-fourth
2010   Joseph Deiss    Switzerland WEOG Sixty-fifth
2011   Nassir Al-Nasser[4]   Qatar Asia-Pacific Sixty-sixth
2012   Vuk Jeremić   Serbia EEG Sixty-seventh (election)
2013   John William Ashe   Antigua and Barbuda GRULAC Sixty-eighth
2014   Sam Kutesa   Uganda Africa Sixty-ninth
Twenty-ninth special
2015   Mogens Lykketoft   Denmark WEOG Seventieth
Thirtieth special
2016   Peter Thomson   Fiji Asia-Pacific Seventy-first (election)
2017   Miroslav Lajčák   Slovakia EEG Seventy-second
Tenth emergency specialContinuation
2018   María Fernanda Espinosa   Ecuador GRULAC Seventy-third
2019   Tijjani Muhammad-Bande   Nigeria Africa Seventy-fourth
2020   Volkan Bozkır   Turkey WEOG Seventy-fifth
2021   Abdulla Shahid   Maldives Asia-Pacific Seventy-sixth


Since 1966

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Maldives' FM Abdulla Shahid elected as President of UN General Assembly". 7 June 2021.
  2. ^ "UN: About the General Assembly". Retrieved 2009-09-16.
  3. ^ Presidents of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  4. ^ "Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar Elected President of General Assembly's Sixty-Sixth Session; Vice-Presidents, Main Committee Chairs Also Named | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases".
  5. ^ "Asian Group of nations at UN changes its name to Asia-Pacific Group", Radio New Zealand International, 31 August 2011.

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