Since his election in June 2020, President Bozkir has committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability during his Presidency.

Member States worked in close contact with the Presidency of the General Assembly in order to strengthen the accountability, transparency and institutional memory of the Office. Resolution 70/305 on the Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly and its annexes, adopted on 13 September 2016, have been welcomed as a milestone and breakthrough on this process.

On 15 September 2020, H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir took an oath of office in which he solemnly declared to truthfully perform the duties and exercise the functions entrusted to him as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations in all loyalty, discretion and conscience, and to discharge these functions and regulate his conduct with the interest of the United Nations only in view and in accordance with the United Nations Charter and the Code of Ethic for the Presidency of the General Assembly, without seeking or accepting any instruction in regard to the performance of his duties from any Government or other source external to the Organization.

The President of the General Assembly is committed to openness and transparency with respect to the financing of his office. President Bozkir will finance his official activities and those of his Office solely through the United Nations regular budget and the Trust Fund of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), thus increasing transparency.

President Bozkir participates in the Financial Disclosure Programme, which helps to maintain and enhance public trust in the United Nations. President Bozkir submitted all required documentation to the United Nations Ethics Office. This information is being reviewed by the Office and the President intends to make it public both at the beginning and end of his term.

Code of Ethics

In the understanding that a Code of Ethics for the President of the General Assembly is an important part of the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly, and that such a Code of ethics will strengthen the capacity of the President of the General Assembly to exercise his or her duties and responsibilities whilst enhancing his or her moral authority, integrity and credibility, Annex 2 of Resolution 70/305 on the Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly contains the Code of Ethics for the President of the General Assembly. The President has requested the members of his office to abide by the same principles and obligations and to bear its content in mind during the discharging of their mandate in the service of the General Assembly.

 

Code of Ethics for the President of the General Assembly

1. The President of the General Assembly (hereinafter referred to as “the President”) in performing his or her duties and responsibilities as an elected official, fully in line with the United Nations Charter and the General Assembly Rules of Procedure, shall at all times from the date of election observe the highest standards of ethical conduct.

2. The President shall perform his or her duties and responsibilities in an impartial and equitable manner and in full honesty and good faith.

3. The President shall avoid any action which might result in or create the appearance of:

a) The use of the office of the Presidency or resources attached thereto for private gain;
b) Giving unwarranted preferential treatment to any state, organization or person;
c) Impeding the work of the Organization, or taking a preferential, biased or prejudged approach;
d) Affecting adversely the confidence of Member States in the integrity of the work of the Organization.

4. The President shall engage with Member States in a consultative and cooperative manner, while at the same time refraining from receiving or accepting instructions from any individual, governmental or non-governmental organization or group whatsoever.

5. The President shall avoid any situation involving a conflict between his or her own personal or private interest and the interests of the Presidency or the United Nations.

6. The President shall ensure the greatest possible transparency in the utilization of property, premises, services, and resources made available for the discharge of the functions of the office, and ensure that they are used only for the official business of the Presidency, and not for other purposes.

7. The President shall ensure the greatest possible transparency in any external activities, or any commercial dealings, to protect against conflict of interest. Holding of any commercial office during his or her term in office is not compatible with the post of the President.

8. In the event that the President considers that a conflict of interest may arise, he or she shall recuse himself or herself from handling the matter and, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, appoint an Acting President in relation to that matter or meeting.

9. In the fulfilment of his or her mandate the President is accountable to the General Assembly.

10. Any reference to the President in this Code shall also include members of his or her office while in the exercise of their functions as members of the Office of the President of the General Assembly.

11. Nothing in this Code shall preclude the President or members of his or her office from being seconded from their government or from retaining the privileges, immunities and diplomatic status granted by a Member State.

Information on Finances

UN Regular Budget

Member States have allocated 307,800 USD in the 2020 UN Regular Budget to the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) to cover hospitality, official travel and other expenditures relating to the President’s official responsibilities. The budget allocation for the OPGA in the Regular Budget for 2021 will be decided by the General Assembly during the main part of its 75thsession. Expenditures from the regular budget are managed on behalf of the OPGA by the Executive Office of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations.

 

Donations in support of OPGA

Donors can directly support the work of the PGA through contributions channeled through the UN system, including to the dedicated OPGA Trust fund, which is regulated by UN Financial Regulation and Rules. PGA 75 will report publicly on contributions made to the fund upon receipt.
 
It should also be noted that General Assembly Resolution 71/323“Stresses the importance of the contributions of Member States to the trust fund in support of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, and in this regard notes with appreciation the contributions that have been made to the fund, and encourages Member States to continue to contribute to the fund and to allow for unspent contributions from previous sessions to be made available for succeeding term”
 

Contributions to the OPGA Trust Fund for the 75th session

 

DATE

CONTRIBUTOR

PROJECT

COMMITMENT

October 2020

General administrative, logistical and management support

USD 150,000
October 2020
of  Azerbaijan

General administrative, logistical and management support

USD 100,000
September 2020
Austria

United Nations Summit on Biodiversity                                       

USD 11,862 (estimated exchange)
September 2020

General administrative, logistical and management support

USD 200,000
September 2020

In support of poverty eradication programmes

USD 100,000
August 2020 Turkey General administrative, logistical and management support USD 600,000
August 2020 Ireland General administrative, logistical and management support USD 156,627 (estimated exchange)
July 2020 Hungary General administrative, logistical and management support USD 20,000
July 2020 State of Qatar General administrative, logistical and management support USD 500,000
 
Contributions to the Trust Fund are reported after receipt. This section will be updated periodically.

Information on Travel

The President of the General Assembly discloses information about any official visits he undertakes overseas. To date, the President has traveled on official visits to:  

From June 2020 (election) to 15 September 2020 (assumption of office)

  • Pakistan, 9-10 August, (supported by the Governments of Turkey of Pakistan)

 

Information on the staff of the Office of the President 

The staff of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) are identifiable through their biographies on the website. The overall composition of the Office is as follows: 

The Office currently has 36 team members (including the President), of which 21 are women and 15 are men.

17 staff are seconded from Member States 

1 staff is seconded from the European Union 

6 staff are provided for by the regular UN budget (1 from the Senior Executive Team, 2 Team Leaders, 1 Senior Adviser and 2 Administrative Assistants) 

7 staff are recruited through voluntary contributions to the OPGA Trust Fund 

3 staff are deployed from the UN system – Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM); Department of Global Communications (DGC); and UNICEF

1 staff provided through the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme, funded by Germany. 

Respect for balanced gender and geographical representation 

The President of the 75th session of the General Assembly is committed to upholding full respect for balanced gender and geographical representation in the Office, with the aim of securing equal opportunities for women and men from all regional groups and bearing in mind the need to secure the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. 

Information on the Trust Fund of previous sessions of the General Assembly

GA Session

Contributor

 Project

Commitment

64th session

(Sep 2009 – Sep 2010)

Government of Norway

Thematic Debate on Disarmament

USD 50,134

Government of Algeria

Thematic Debate on Disarmament

USD 10,000

Government of Egypt

Thematic Debate on Disarmament

USD 10,000

65th session

(Sep 2010 – Sep 2011)

Government of the Republic of Korea Staffing USD 126,500
Government of Italy Staffing USD 265,000
Government of Slovenia Thematic Debates during 65th session, including on Least Developed Countries USD 7,060
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Thematic Debates for the preparation of 4th Least Developed Countries Conference (including other thematic debates during the 65th session) USD 59,700
MacArthur Foundation Thematic Debate on International Migration and Development USD 37,178

67th session

(Sep 2012 – Sep 2013)

 Government of Qatar    USD 100,000
Government of Luxembourg For initiatives in the area of the reform and revitalization of the UN USD 12,872
Government of People’s Republic of China General administrative, logistical and management support USD 300,000
Government of Turkey General administrative, logistical and management support USD 60,000
Government of Japan   USD 6,471

68th session

(Sep 2013 – Sep 2014)

Government of Italy To support Post-2015 Development Agenda USD 50,000
Government of Antigua and Barbuda Concert USD 47,164

69th session

(Sep 2014 – Sep 2015)

 Government of United Arab Emirates  General administrative, logistical and management support  USD 50,000
Government of South Africa General administrative, logistical and management support USD 50,000

70th session

(Sep 2015 – Sep 2016)

Government of Turkey High-Level Thematic Debates USD 50,000
Government of People’s Republic of China General administrative, logistical and management support USD 300,000
Government of Ireland Staffing USD 114,038
Government of Denmark High-Level Thematic Debates USD 365,593
Government of Germany General administrative, logistical and management support USD 56,150
Government of Kazakhstan High-Level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace and Security USD 15,207

71st session

(Sep 2016 – Sep 2017)

Government of the Republic India General administrative, logistical and management support USD 250,000
Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan General administrative, logistical and management support USD 25,000
Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste Support for SDGs, Oceans, Climate Change USD 200,000
Government of People’s Republic of China General administrative, logistical and management support USD 300,000
Government of United Arab Emirates General administrative, logistical and management support USD 100,000
Government of State of Qatar General administrative, logistical and management support USD 250,000
Government of the State of Kuwait General administrative, logistical and management support USD 150,000
Government of the Republic of Turkey General administrative, logistical and management support USD 100,000
Government of the Slovak Republic General administrative, logistical and management support USD 10,423

72nd session

(Sep 2017 – Sep 2018)

Government of India General administrative, logistical and management support USD 250,000
Government of Hungary General administrative, logistical and management support USD 56,970
Government of Turkey General administrative, logistical and management support USD 60,000
Government of the Slovak Republic General administrative, logistical and management support USD 178,500
Government of the United Arab Emirates General administrative, logistical and management support USD 300,000
Government of the State of Qatar General administrative, logistical and management support USD 500,000
Government of the State of Kuwait General administrative, logistical and management support USD 150,000
Government of Georgia To support funding of the position of Consultant for Legal Affairs USD 30,000
Government of Luxembourg To support initiatives on prevention and mediation in sustaining peace, including the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on sustaining peace foreseen in April 2018 USD 11,783
Government of Ireland General administrative, logistical and management support USD 152,917
Government of the People’s Republic of China General administrative, logistical and management support USD 300,000
Government of Cyprus General administrative, logistical and management support USD 8,330
Government of the Federal Republic of Germany To support initiatives on prevention and mediation in sustaining peace, including the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on sustaining peace foreseen in April 2018 USD 300,000
Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain General administrative, logistical and management support USD 100,000
Government of Japan To support initiatives on prevention, mediation, sustaining peace, Sustainable Development Goals, and to provide general administrative, logistical and management support USD 50,454
Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain General administrative, logistical and management support USD 100,000

73rd session

(Sep 2018 – Sep 2019)

India General administrative, logistical and management support USD 250,000
Hungary General administrative, logistical and management support USD 50,000
Kingdom of Morocco General administrative, logistical and management support USD 10,000
Georgia General administrative, logistical and management support USD 86,910
State of Qatar General administrative, logistical and management support USD 500,000
United Arab Emirates General administrative, logistical and management support USD 300,000
State of Kuwait General administrative, logistical and management support USD 150,000
People’s Republic of China General administrative, logistical and management support USD 300,000
Republic of Turkey General administrative, logistical and management support USD 60,000
Italy General administrative, logistical and management support USD 150,000
Pakistan General administrative, logistical and management support USD 10,000
Nigeria General administrative, logistical and management support USD 10,000
Republic of Cyprus General administrative, logistical and management support USD 5,700
Ireland General administrative, logistical and management support EUR 130,000
Portugal General administrative, logistical and management support EUR 10,000
Principality of Monaco Campaign against plastic pollution EUR 20,000
Sultanate of Oman General administrative, logistical and management support USD 50,000
Japan Sustaining Peace, SDGs, and general administrative, logistical and management support USD 49,554
Republic of Korea Promoting the rights of persons with disabilities USD 30,019.42
The Russian Federation General administrative, logistical and management support USD 20,000

74th session

(Sep 2019 – Sep 2020)

Ireland General administrative, logistical and management support USD 143,403.00
India General administrative, logistical and management support USD 100,000.00
People’s Republic of China General administrative, logistical and management support USD 300,000.00
Hungary General administrative, logistical and management support USD 65,000.00
State of Qatar General administrative, logistical and management support USD 350,000.00
United Arab Emirates General administrative, logistical and management support USD 300,000.00
State of Libya General administrative, logistical and management support USD 10,000.00
Kingdom of Morocco General administrative, logistical and management support USD 50,000.00
Algeria General administrative, logistical and management support USD 25,000.00
Federal Republic of Nigeria General administrative, logistical and management support USD 3,000.000.00
Republic of Cyprus General administrative, logistical and management support USD 5,550.00
Turkey General administrative, logistical and management support USD 70,000.00
Portugal Sustaining peace, SDGs, general administrative, logistical and management support of OPGA USD 11,169.00
Kuwait Sustaining peace, SDGs, general administrative, logistical and management support of OPGA USD 150,000.00
Japan Sustaining peace, SDGs, general administrative, logistical and management support of OPGA USD 32,800.00