Since his election in June 2021, President of the General Assembly H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid 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 14 September 2020, H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid 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 Shahid 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. Though eligible, President Shahid has also pledged not to travel First Class during his tenure as President of UN General Assembly during the 76th session.

President Shahid had participated in the Financial Disclosure Programme, which helps to maintain and enhance public trust in the United Nations. On 24th September 2021, Deloitte LLP which was engaged by the United Nations Ethics Office to assist with the Financial Disclosure Programme Review has reviewed President Shahid’s financial declaration and determined that there has been no conflict of interest.  (See attached letter).

 

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 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 General Assembly reduced the 2021 Regular Budget allocation to the OPGA to 210,800 USD. 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 76 will report publicly on contributions made to the trust 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 76th session

As of 14 October 2021, the Trust Fund had received contributions and pledges of 870,000 USD . Unspent contributions from previous sessions of $726,631.96 USD have been made available to PGA 76.

 

Date

Contributor

Project

Commitment USD

August 2021

Government of Ireland

General administrative, logistical and management support

 150,000 USD

September  2021

Government of the State of Qatar General administrative, logistical and management support  200,000 USD
September  2021 Government of the State of Qatar PGA Fellowship programme  100,000 USD
September  2021 Government of Italy PGA Fellowship Programme as well as general administrative, logistical and management support  50,000 USD
September  2021 Government of the State of Kuwait PGA Fellowship Programme as well as general administrative, logistical and management support  150,000 USD
September  2021 Government of India General administrative, logistical and management support 150,000 USD
October 2021 Government of Hungary General administrative, logistical and management support  20,000 USD

October 2021

November    2021

 

 

 

Government of the Kingdom of  Morocco                                                     

 Government of China                                                                     

General administrative, logistical and management support

50,000 USD                                      

 

ddInformation on Travel

The President of the General Assembly discloses information about any official visits he undertakes overseas.

October 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to attend “Expo Dubai 2020”, 1-5 October (supported by the Government of the United Arab Emirates).

Male, Maldives at the invitation of the President of Maldives,  6-9 October (supported by the Government of the Maldives).

Belgrade, Serbia to participate at the “High-level Commemorative Meeting to mark the 60th Anniversary of the First Conference of Non-Aligned Countries”, 10-12 October.

Glasgow, United  Kingdom to participate at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), 31 October – 2 November

November 2021

China, at the invitation of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, 23-27 November (supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China).

 

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. 

 

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

 

GA Session

Contributor  Project Commitment

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

75th session

(Sep 2020 – Sep 2021)

Philippines  General administrative, logistical and management support USD 10,000
Japan Activities related to the General Assembly agenda, especially the Sustaining Peace and SDGs, as well as general administrative, logistical and management support USD 26,205
Ukraine General administrative, logistical and management support USD 10,000
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia General administrative, logistical and management support USD 50,000
Portugal General administrative, logistical and management support USD 6,131 (estimated exchange)
Togo General administrative, logistical and management support USD 2,500
State of Kuwait General administrative, logistical and management support USD 150,000
Republic of  Azerbaijan General administrative, logistical and management support USD 100,000
Austria United Nations Summit on Biodiversity USD 11,862 (estimated exchange)
The People’s Republic of China General administrative, logistical and management support USD 200,000
The People’s Republic of China In support of poverty eradication programmes USD 100,000
Turkey General administrative, logistical and management support USD 600,000
Ireland General administrative, logistical and management support USD 156,627 (estimated exchange)
Hungary General administrative, logistical and management support USD 20,000
State of Qatar General administrative, logistical and management support USD 500,000

 

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