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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 presides over the sessions of the General Assembly.

President of the
United Nations General Assembly
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Slovakia Miroslav Lajčák

since 12 September 2017
United Nations General Assembly
Status Presiding officer
Member of General Assembly
Residence United Nations Headquarters
Seat New York City, New York, United States
Appointer General Assembly
Term length one year
Inaugural holder Belgium Paul-Henri Spaak
Formation 1946

Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia has been elected as the United Nations General Assembly President of its 72nd session beginning in September 2017.



A map of the world showing the home countries of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly up until the 69th session of the General Assembly in 2014-15, 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 UN General Assembly.

The presidency rotates annually between the five geographic groups: African, Asia-Pacific, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean, and Western European and other States.[1]

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 General Assembly president.

The only country that had a national elected as President of the United Nations General Assembly twice is Argentina; 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 the General Assembly.

List of presidentsEdit

Year elected Name of President[2] 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
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 (de)   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
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
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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
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Twentieth special
1998 Didier Opertti   Uruguay GRULAC Fifty-third
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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
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2002 Jan Kavan   Czech Republic EEG Fifty-seventh
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2003 Julian Hunte   Saint Lucia GRULAC Fifty-eighth
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2004 Jean Ping   Gabon Africa Fifty-ninth
2005 Jan Eliasson   Sweden WEOG Sixtieth
2006 Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa   Bahrain Asia Sixty-first
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2007 Srgjan Kerim   Republic of 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[3]   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
2015 Mogens Lykketoft   Denmark WEOG Seventieth
2016 Peter Thomson   Fiji Asia-Pacific Seventy-first (election)
2017 Miroslav Lajčák   Slovakia EEG Seventy-second
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Since 1966

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