Antigua and Barbuda diplomat elected President of General Assembly

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John William Ashe

The General Assembly on Friday elected Ambassador John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda President of its 68th session which starts in September this year.

Ambassador Ashe, who holds a Ph.D in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, was elected by acclamation.

Addressing the General Assembly following his election, Ambassador Ashe said the United Nations must reflect on the new and emerging development challenges with attention to two main goals.

He identified the goals as overcoming poverty and insecurity and ensuring sustainable development.

"Both time-bound global goals and national level targets with measurable indicators will need to be developed. New and revised partnerships as well as bold political leadership at all levels are paramount. We must skillfully integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability and we must balance the practical with the aspirational." (28")

Ambassador Ashe said the United Nations commitment to a world of opportunity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace, principles of the Millennium Declaration of 2000 should not just be reaffirmed but must also be re-energized.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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