United Nations, 11 September 2017 – H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák was sworn in today as the President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Placing his hand on the Charter of the United Nations, the President said, “I solemnly declare that I shall truthfully perform my duties and exercise the functions entrusted to me as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations in all loyalty, discretion and conscience, and that I shall discharge these functions and regulate my conduct with the interest of the United Nations only in view and in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the code of ethics for the President of the General Assembly, without seeking or accepting any instruction in regard to the performance of my duties from any Government or other source external to the Organization.”

Mr. Lajčák became the second President of the General Assembly to take this oath of office, which was established by General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/305 on 13 September 2016. The resolution, entitled “Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly”, also established a code of ethics for the President.

The President, a national of the Republic of Slovakia, has served as his country’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs since 2012. His priorities for the 72nd session include peace and conflict prevention; migration; a sustainable planet; human dignity; and modernizing the United Nations.

The first official meeting of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly will be held on Tuesday, 12 September 2017.

 

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Brenden Varma, Spokesperson for the President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly, +1-347-556-3433, varmab@un.org

Oath of Office