In 2017 the General Assembly decided to establish a new process for the selection of the President of the General Assembly. In its resolution 71/323, entitled “Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly”, the Assembly decided to conduct informal interactive dialogues with candidates for the position of President of the General Assembly, thus contributing to the transparency and inclusivity of the process. Furthermore, the General Assembly called upon candidates to present to the Assembly their vision statements.

The new process was carried out in full respect of the established principle of geographical rotation and General Assembly resolution 33/138 of 19 December 1978. Consequently, the President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly was to be elected from the Latin American and Caribbean Group.

In line with the new process, the President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly convened informal interactive dialogues with the candidates on 4 May 2018.

Further information on the interactive informal dialogues can be found here.

In accordance with Rule 30 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, the Assembly shall elect a President and twenty-one Vice-Presidents at least three months before the opening of the session over which they are to preside. The election of the President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly took place in the General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, 5 June 2018.

H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés was elected as President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly. She is the fourth woman to hold this position.

Republic of Honduras

21 February 2018

Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake

Permanent Representative of Honduras to the United Nations

Vision Statement


21 February 2018

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador

Vision Statement