How is the President of the General Assembly elected?
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019
The presidency of the UN General Assembly changes each session and has - in recent years - followed a pattern of geographical rotation.
Article 21 of the Charter of the United Nations states:
The General Assembly shall adopt its own rules of procedure. It shall elect its President for each session.
Rule 30 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly provides more information on how the President is elected each session:
Unless the General Assembly decides otherwise, the General Assembly shall elect a President and twenty-one Vice-Presidents at least three months before the opening of the session over which they are to preside. The President and the Vice-Presidents so elected will assume their functions only at the beginning of the session for which they are elected and shall hold office until the close of that session. [Rule based directly on a provision of the Charter (Art. 21, second sentence)]...
The annex to General Assembly resolution 33/138, which amends Rule 30, addresses the equitable geographical rotation of the office of President of the General Assembly.
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