John Ashe elected UN General Assembly President


  • The United Nations General Assembly is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and the only one in which all member nations have equal representation.
  • The General Assembly meets under its president or Secretary-General in regular yearly sessions, the main part of which lasts from September to December and resumed part from January until all issues are addressed.
  • The presidency rotates annually between the five geographic groups: African, Asian, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean (GRULAC), and Western European and other States.
  • The sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly will open in September 2013.
  • On 14th June, 2013, Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador John W Ashe was elected as President of the UN General Assembly for its 68th session.
  • John William Ashe was chosen as the consensus candidate by all 33 GRULAC member states to be the president of the United Nations General Assembly thus not necessitating an election.
  • Apart from being the ambassador to the United Nations for Antigua and Barbuda, John Ashe is also his country’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and has ministerial responsibility for WTO and sustainable development matters.

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