PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
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GA ELECTS FIVE NON-PERMANENT MEMBERS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL FOR 2020-2021
The General Assembly has elected five non-permanent members to the Security Council, earlier today.
There were seven candidates running for five seats: Viet Nam for the Asia-Pacific Group, Niger and Tunisia for the African Group, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and El Salvador for the Latin American and the Caribbean Group, Estonia and Romania for the Eastern European Group.
The result of the secret ballot is as follows: Viet Nam received 192 votes, Niger: 191, Tunisia: 191, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: 185 votes, and Estonia: 132 votes.
The election went on a second round for the seat of the Eastern European Group contested by Estonia and Romania.
All five non-permanent members of the Security Council will start their mandate on 1 January 2020 for a period of two years.
They will replace Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial-Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland whose mandates expire on 31 December 2019.
More information on our website: www.un.org/pga/73
PGA TO TRAVEL TO GENEVA TO TAKE PART IN INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE
President Espinosa will be travelling to Geneva, Switzerland, to take part in the 108th International Labour Conference.
The PGA will deliver opening remarks at the event, which starts on Monday, and aims to find solutions to the challenges related to the future of work.
The session is also celebrating the centenary of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Whilst in Geneva, Ms. Espinosa will hold bilateral meetings with Heads of State and Government and will take part in the official luncheon hosted by the Director-General of ILO, Mr. Guy Ryder.
She will also grant interviews to international media outlets before heading back to New York on Tuesday afternoon.
Her delegation includes a political adviser, a communication specialist and her personal assistant. All travel costs are being covered by the PGA’s Office Trust Fund.
MS. ESPINOSA PRAISES SCHOOLCHILDREN WHO RAISED MONEY FOR THE VICTIMS OF CYCLONE IDAI IN MOZAMBIQUE
The PGA has today written a thank you letter to the Primary School children of St. Mary’s School, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, on the island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic.
She praised them ‘for their great work in raising 889.45 British Pounds for the victims on Cyclone Idai in Mozambique’.
Ms. Espinosa has also sent her best wishes to the headmaster and staff of St. Mary’s School and to all people on the island.
Tristan da Cunha is one of the most isolated islands in the world.
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