Cyprus’ Ambassador to UN elected Vice President of the General Assembly

Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou, the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations, was elected Vice President of the 73d session of the UN General Assembly. Korneliou will assume his duties as Vice President during the UN General Assembly this September.

According to an announcement, distributed by PIO, the candidate from Ecuador, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, was elected Tuesday President of the UN General Assembly, with 128 votes. The other candidate, Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake from Honduras, received 62 votes.

According to the announcement, this is the first woman to take this position for more than 10 years and the fourth in the history of the UN General Assembly.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulated the new President and expressed hope that her election will open the way for more progress on gender equality matters, both within and beyond the UN.

Speaking after her election, Espinosa said that all countries win from this election and noted the interactive dialogue with all candidates that took place for the first time before the election.

Today I become the fourth woman ever elected in this position, in the 73 years the United Nations exist she said and added that she is also the first woman from Latin America and the Caribbean, elected to chair the General Assembly.

In total, the 21 Vice Presidents elected come from Cyprus, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Guyana, Iraq, Japan, Namibia, Panama, Qatar, San Marino, Spain, Sudan and Ukraine, as well as from the five Security Council permanent members, China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Source: Cyprus News Agency