No: 60, 29 February 2020, Press Release Regarding The Endorsement Of The Candidature Of Ambassador Volkan Bozkır For The Presidency Of The 75th Session Of The United Nations General Assembly By The Western European And Others Group

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 29.02.2020

Turkey presented the candidature of Ambassador Volkan Bozkır, former EU Minister and Chief Negotiator, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for the Presidency of the 75th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly from the Western European and Others Group (WEOG), of which Turkey is a member.

In view of the high qualifications of our candidate and Turkey’s effective campaign, Ambassador Bozkır’s candidature was endorsed by WEOG as of 27 February 2020.

Ambassador Bozkır is expected to be elected as the President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly at the meeting of the General Assembly of 12 June 2020 and formally assume his duties for the duration of one year on 15 September 2020.

Turkey is a strong advocate of multilateral diplomacy and the rules-based global order. UN General Assembly, where all UN member states are represented on an equal footing is at the center of this order.

In this framework, Presidency of the General Assembly is the highest ranking position in the UN system.

It is also important that Ambassador Bozkır will assume this prestigious position, as a candidate for the first time from Turkey and at a period when the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2020.

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