On June 22, in an informal virtual meeting of the UN, the newly-elected Turkish UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Volkan Bozkir said that he would represent the UN membership as a whole. He added that he would serve “the best interests of the UN and its Member States”.
He thanked the current Assembly President, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, for his “wisdom and calm”, leading Member States through the “unexpectedly challenging session” that continues, which has been hugely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Bozkir said that he would work in collaboration with the Secretary-General’s agenda and priorities, to be “as effective as we can”, and communicate closely with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) also, to “harmonize” the essential work.
“Consensus building will be at the core of my efforts. I will use to the extent possible moral authority and the soft power of the President of the General Assembly. The guiding principles of my Presidency will be impartiality, effectiveness, transparency and non-discrimination,” Bozkir added.
Volkan Bozkir has been elected as the President of the UNGA ahead of the 75th General Debate in September. In a secret ballot, Bozkir, who ran unopposed, received 178 votes from the body, with 11 abstentions.