Qatar Diplomat Elected UN Assembly President

Gulf Times25.06.2011 Qatar
Qatar Diplomat Elected UN Assembly President

Qatar Diplomat Elected UN Assembly President

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The UN General Assembly elected as its next President Veteran Qatari Diplomat Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser.

Nasser, who has been Qatar’s Ambassador to the UN since 1998, will replace Joseph Deiss of Switzerland.

Previously Qatar’s envoy to Canada, Brazil, Cuba and other countries, he will take over the UN job in mid-September.

Nasser told the 192-nation General Assembly after his unanimous election that he would act as a bridge between developed, developing and least-developed nations.

He said that he would focus on “building consensus on major global challenges facing the world today”. He said those included armed conflicts, climate change, tackling the financial crisis, poverty and responding to natural disasters.

Nasser said he would advance UN programs to end famine and strengthen co-operation among developing countries.

“I believe that my selection is aimed at strengthening the role of the UN.”

The post of President of the General Assembly has little real power but a high profile in chairing the annual September gathering of world leaders in New York. He also represents the assembly on foreign tours.

UN Diplomats say Nasser is a competent Diplomat who will likely follow in the footsteps of Deiss.

Deiss followed two men both noted for their strong views on the Middle East: Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Miguel D’Escoto who held the post from 2008-2009, and Ali Treki of Libya who was Assembly President from 2009-2010.

The General Assembly job rotates between geographic areas. This year it is the turn of the Asia Group, which includes countries in Asia and the Middle East.


Source: Gulf Times



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