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The outgoing President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, looked back over her yearlong tenure and ahead to continuing her commitment to the core issues on the global agenda. Expressing her strong faith in the value of the United Nations and in particular its General Assembly, she pledged to continue advancing the international community’s shared goals for a better world. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. United Nations Headquarters

16 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“Everything that I do in the future is going to be connected to the United Nations, multilateralism, gender parity, empowerment of women; the work that I have been doing for so many years, and, of course, climate and the environment.”
4. Med shot, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“I think that the United Nations were very clear in this area of sanctions. It is a prerogative of the Security Council in general, and unilateral sanctions really do affect security, the right to development for all peoples. It is clearly established that unilateral sanctions are not part of the scope of the United Nations, and unilateral sanctions do affect the right to development for peoples and their ability to enjoy all the benefits of development. Often, such sanctions polarize or hinder agreements or consensus and sustained peace processes in some cases. In the case of Cuba, well, it’s very clear. I think the General Assembly has pronounced itself over decades on this in a very emphatic way.”
6. Med shot, press briefing room podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“Some very critical voices of the United Nations, they tell us: ‘You know, you’re a talk shop. It is a talk shop.’ I’m a huge defender of the talking the talk part. We need to have a conversation. We need to have a dialogue. We need to take wise and informed decisions and the policy-making and the norm-setting that our parliament does, which is our General Assembly, happens because of dialogue. And of course one of the main challenges is to translate language, narrative, political commitment, policy advice into action at the ground level.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

The outgoing President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, on Monday (16 Sept) looked back over her yearlong tenure and ahead to continuing her commitment to the core issues on the global agenda. Expressing her strong faith in the value of the United Nations and in particular its General Assembly, she pledged to continue advancing the international community’s shared goals for a better world.

The General Assembly President extolled the value of dialogue through the United Nations. She said, “We need to have a conversation. We need to have a dialogue. We need to take wise and informed decisions and the policy-making and the norm-setting that our parliament does, which is our General Assembly, happens because of dialogue.”

Asked about the imposition of sanctions, she said, “It is clearly established that unilateral sanctions are not part of the scope of the United Nations, and unilateral sanctions do affect the right to development for peoples and their ability to enjoy all the benefits of development. Often, such sanctions polarize or hinder agreements or consensus and sustained peace processes in some cases.”

Looking ahead to her future assignments, she pledged to continue advancing the ideals of the United Nations.

During the 73rd Session, the Assembly adopted more than 340 resolutions ranging over 178 agenda items – the highest number since 2001. Among the highlights were support for the global campaign against plastic, high-level events on Women in Power, and work to advance the multilateral agenda.
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