PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
Good afternoon, everyone!
I will begin with a travel announcement.
PGA TO START OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINA ON MONDAY
The President of the General Assembly will travel tomorrow evening to pay an official visit to the Peoples’ Republic of China.
Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa will be received by the Prime-Minister, H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, and the Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Wang Yi.
The PGA’s meeting with Chinese authorities will focus on cooperation with the United Nations, implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and her working agenda on the seven priorities for the current session.
On Tuesday 18 June, Ms. Espinosa is expected to hold an interactive dialogue with the academic community and meet with representatives of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation.
The PGA’s delegation will include a political adviser, a communications specialist and a personal assistant. All travel costs will be covered by the Government of China.
The President of the General Assembly will return to New York on 20 June.
More information in the coming days on our website: www.un.org/pga/73
GA HOLDS ELECTION FOR NEW 18 ECOSOC MEMBERS
The General Assembly met this morning to elect 18 new members to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). At the start of the meeting, Spain was granted a seat following a by-election.
One of the six main bodies of the United Nations, the ECOSOC is the Organization’s “central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development.”
Benin, Botswana, Republic of the Congo and Gabon contested for the four seats allocated for the African States. The Asia-Pacific States had also four seats available. Bangladesh, China, Republic of Korea and Thailand presented themselves as candidates for this region.
Latvia, Montenegro and Russian Federation were candidates for the Eastern European States with three seats in total. Latin American and the Caribbean also had three seats with Colombia, Nicaragua and Panama as candidates.
Finally, Western European and Other States were allocated four seats with Australia, Finland, Norway and Switzerland running as candidates.
Update: Following a vote by the General Assembly, all 18 candidates were elected for a period of three years.
This morning the PGA started her day by presiding over the plenary election of members of ECOSOC. She later met with the Foreign Minister of Thailand in her office and then held separate bilateral meetings with Human Rights Special Rapporteurs.
This afternoon, Ms. Espinosa will discuss details of the high-level week with representatives of ECOSOC and the Deputy Secretary-General.
PGA will also meet the Permanent Representatives of the G-4 which includes Brazil, Germany, India and Japan, before attending reception to mark the anniversary of the Independence of the Philippines.
This is all for today. Do you have any questions?