– As delivered –

Statement by H.E. Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

15 September 2020

 

Distinguished Delegates,

I am deeply honored to address you all for the first time as the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

As a national of a founding Member State, it is a privilege to hold this Office for the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. And I want to thank you for entrusting me with this duty.

Ladies and gentlemen, next week, more Heads of State will address the General Debate than ever before. The crucial High-Level meetings, over two weeks, will guide our work for the session. I am confident that their impact will not be compromised by the circumstances.

The context in which we are working serves to remind us of the necessity of the multilateral system and inspires us all to make full use of the UN Charter to address our collective challenges. I will do my utmost to support and lead, with your fruitful participation, the high-level meetings to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN; the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women; a high-level plenary meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, and the Biodiversity Summit, in addition to the General Debate.

As long as the health conditions allow, I intend to continue physical meetings of the General Assembly, taking the necessary mitigation measures to protect the health and safety of delegates and UN staff. In our business of diplomacy, there is no substitute to meeting counterparts face-to-face, to build long-term understanding of each other’s’ positions and forge compromise

Volkan Bozkir

President of the UN General Assembly

During the 75th Session, we will hold two General Assembly Special Sessions, one on COVID – the first Special Session convened to discuss a pandemic – and the second against corruption.

I will also work with you to successfully implement the various mandates entrusted to me, including, but not limited to:

  • Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
  • Commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development
  • Preparations for the for the Fifth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries
  • High-level meeting regarding water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda
  • Oceans Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14
  • As well as the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly and Security Council reform

As long as the health conditions allow, I intend to continue physical meetings of the General Assembly, taking the necessary mitigation measures to protect the health and safety of delegates and UN staff. In our business of diplomacy, there is no substitute to meeting counterparts face-to-face, to build long-term understanding of each other’s’ positions and forge compromise. 

Thank you and now let’s go to work!