UN General Assembly elects new President

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Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa meets UN Secretary-General in April 2014
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Foreign Minister of Uganda says he will push forward the Post-2015 development agenda as the newly elected President of the 69th Session of the General Assembly.

Sam Kutesa, was elected by the 193 UN Member States on Wednesday and will serve for a period of one year from September.

He was chosen unanimously by the General Assembly as the only candidate for the presidency.

In his acceptance speech he said the Post-2015 development agenda was a top priority.

"We shall have to address the means of implementation, in terms of financial resources, technology development, transfer and capacity-building. This will require a strengthened global partnership. Our ultimate objective should be to formulate a transformative agenda that supports global solutions, guides national development efforts, and empowers people to improve their livelihoods and determine their own future."

The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations.

The 69th Session will open on 16 September and will be followed a week later by the General Debate, the largest annual meeting of world leaders and senior government officials.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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