Woman elected as head of UN General Assembly for fourth time in 73 years

Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador, newly-elected President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, addesses Member States.
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Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador, newly-elected President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, addesses Member States.
María Fernanda Espinosa Garces is only the fourth woman in the 73-year history of the United Nations has been elected as President of the General Assembly, the UN’s main deliberative and policy-making body. She is the Foreign Minister of Ecuador.
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Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador, newly-elected President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, addresses Member States.
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In 1953, India’s Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, pictured at UN Headquarters alongside the then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, was elected as the 8th and first woman President of the General Assembly.
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The PGA is the most senior UN official with a range of different duties, including presiding over concerts held in the UN General Assembly Hall. In 1953, a recital was held by the UN Metropolitan Opera of New York.
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Liberia’s Angie Brooks became the second PGA in 1969. In this photo taken at the UN before she was elected she confers on the issue of self-governing territories in South West Africa with a Haitian colleague.
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A young Liberian woman takes notes at a 2010 meeting at the centre on women, peace and security.
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Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain became the third woman PGA in 61st session of the General Assembly in 2006.
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She was only the third woman in six decades to preside over the General Assembly. Here she is pictured at the end of her term with the then Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
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All 193 Member States of the UN have equal representation in the General Assembly and work together on a wide range of international issues. In September each year, world leaders gather for the annual General Debate.
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