UN / PGA ESPINOSA PRESSER

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Upon being sworn in as the 73rd President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés the first woman from Latin America to hold the position, vowed to “strengthen multilateralism” and said, “the only way to solve the global problems is through a collective, cooperative approach.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

17 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

2. Wide shot, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés walks up to press encounter
3. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, 73rd President, United Nations General Assembly:
“I am proud and happy to become the first woman in Latin America and the Caribbean to preside over the General Assembly. In my work here, we intend to strengthen multilateralism. There is only, the only, I would say, way to solve the global problems is through a collective, cooperative approach. That’s what we need.”
4. Wide shot, Espinosa at podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, 73rd President, United Nations General Assembly:
“There is an existing resolution called ‘Uniting for Peace,’ which allows the General Assembly to take over issues that for one reason or another are not being, you know, addressed and solved by the Security Council. And I stand ready to take these issues on, according to decisions taken also by member states.”
6. Wide shot, Espinosa at podium
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, 73rd President, United Nations General Assembly:
“We have a duty to strengthen the multilateral system. We have a mandate to represent our peoples in a way according to their needs. The main message here is that this is still the most important venue of the multilateral system.”
9. Wide shot, Espinosa walks away
10. Wide shot, General Assembly
11. Wide shot, Espinosa walks up to podium
12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, 73rd President, United Nations General Assembly:
“I solemnly declare that I shall truthfully perform my duties as I exercise the functions entrusted to me as President of the general Assembly of the United Nations in all loyalty, discretion, and conscience. And that I shall discharge these duties and regulate my conduct with the interest of the United Nations only in view. And that in accordance to the Charter of the United Nations and the code of ethics for the President of the General Assembly without seeking or accepting any instruction in regard to the performance of my duties from any governments or other source external to the organization.”
13. Wide shot, Espinosa walks away
14. Med shot, Espinosa receives General Assembly Gavel from 72nd GA President Miroslav Lajčák

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Upon being sworn in as the 73rd President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the first woman from Latin America to hold the position, vowed to “strengthen multilateralism” and said, “the only way to solve the global problems is through a collective, cooperative approach.”

Espinosa said “the only, I would say, way to solve the global problems is through a collective, cooperative approach. That’s what we need.”

Asked about the role of the General Assembly and how it relates to the parallel work of the UN Security Council, Espinosa said, “there is an existing resolution called ‘Uniting for Peace,’ which allows the General Assembly to take over issues that for one reason or another are not being, you know, addressed and solved by the Security Council. And I stand ready to take these issues on, according to decisions taken also by member states.”

She stressed that “we have a duty to strengthen the multilateral system” as well as a “mandate to represent our peoples in a way according to their needs.”

The main message, she said, “is that this is still the most important venue of the multilateral system.”

Earlier, upon being sworn in, Espinosa received the General Assembly Gavel from outgoing President Miroslav Lajčák and was greeted by Secretary-General António Guterres.

She will be only the fourth woman overall to preside over UN General Assembly
Espinosa had served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, Minister of Defence, and Coordinating Minister of Cultural and Natural Heritage.

She was the first woman to be named Permanent Representative of Ecuador in New York, after having served as Ambassador in Geneva.

As a writer and poet, Ms. Espinosa has published more than 30 academic articles on the Amazon River, culture, heritage, development, climate change, intellectual property, foreign policy, integration, defence and security. She has also published five volumes of poetry and received the Ecuadorian National Poetry Prize in 1990.
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