New UN General Assembly President elected

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Mogens Lykketoft, newly elected President of the General Assembly for its 70th session. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN General Assembly has elected a President for its 70th session beginning in September.

Mogens Lykketoft is the former Speaker of Parliament of Denmark.

He says that as the newly elected President he will seek to reflect successes and shortcomings of the General Assembly during the last 70 years, while looking to the future.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Mogens Lykketoft, elected by the 193 UN Member States on Monday, will serve for a period of one year.

The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations, where each nation has an equal vote.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Lykketoft said the theme of his term will be "the United Nations at 70 – a new commitment to action".

Today's decision-makers must acknowledge that 2015 is the time to make a new commitment to action for the sake of generations to come.  That is the signal we should send from the 70th session of this, the world's most representative, deliberative, multilateral body. We will have to find ways to achieve sustainable growth, where the distance between rich and poor nations and peoples does not become larger but smaller.

Mr Lykketoft added that in a world where the 92 wealthiest dollar-billionaires own more than the poorest half of humanity, all nations must strengthen resource mobilization efforts to meet development needs.

He is succeeding Sam Kutesa, the former Foreign Minister of Uganda.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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