How are member states seated in the General Assembly?
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019     Views: 18667

Member states are seated by country name in the General Assembly. On the day of the election of the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General draws lots to determine which delegation will occupy the first seat in the General Assembly Hall (at the right end of the front row as seen from the podium). The seating order then follows the English alphabetical order of country names. It is valid for the whole session and also applies to the formal meetings of the Main Committees. 

During the 74st session, the first seat was occupied by the delegation of Ghana.

The information of who is in the first seat is provided each year in the Delegates Handbook.

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