Solidarity, sustainability, science will set the agenda of the new president of the General Assembly — Global Issues

Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi, Director of Environmental Sustainability in the Office of the President of Hungary, will lead the UN’s main consultative and policy-making body from September.

He was elected by acclamation by the General Assembly, which includes all 193 UN member states.

Mr Kőrösi promised to make ‘Solutions through Solidarity, Sustainability and Science’ the motto for his 77th session.

He highlighted the “ominous challenges” facing countries, including food and energy shortages, as well as debt, the climate emergency, biodiversity loss and urgent humanitarian and conservation needs.

Find integrated solutions

Together with the war in Ukraine and other armed conflicts, they will create a “perfect storm” and unprecedented instability for years to come, he warned.

“By choosing me, you have reaffirmed the assessment that the geopolitical risks and the risks arising from the unsustainable way of our development have merged and reinforced each other,” he said.

“That’s why we need to look for integrated solutions to the systemic challenges. There is no going back to the old normal. The only way out of our current predicament is through continuous reform and transformation of this organization and strengthening our cooperation. We need to do much better to deliver on our commonly agreed goals, commitments and commitments.”

Adhering to UN Principles

Mr Kőrösi outlined priorities to address the complex global challenges while upholding the UN’s key pillars of peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.

These include adhering to the core principles of the UN Charter, making significant and measurable progress in “sustainable transformation”, strengthening the role of science in decision-making and promoting greater solidarity.

“We live in times that are the foundation on which this organization is built. With multiple crises looming, nothing less than the credibility of the UN is at stake,” Mr Kőrösi told his fellow ambassadors.

Reflecting on the founding of the UN, he recalled that 77 years ago, member states showed that lasting peace can be built on the axis of war.

“We need the same determination today to face the challenges that threaten international peace and security and our sustainable future on this planet,” he said.

Promoting the work of the UN

UN Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the President-elect and emphasized the crucial role of the General Assembly in a world in peril.

He said Mr Kőrösi has a broad view of the position, namely familiarity with the United Nations, expertise in environmental sustainability and steadfast commitment to multilateral action.

“I welcome his presidency’s focus on ‘solutions through solidarity, sustainability and science’, and I am counting on him to help us move forward across the spectrum of our work,” the UN chief said.

“We look forward to working with him as we seek sustainable solutions, pursue our shared goals and defend our common values.”

Pass the baton

The current Speaker of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives, expressed his willingness to fully support his successor, adding that the drive for a smooth transition has already begun.

He praised Mr Kőrösi’s nearly 40 years of diplomacy, including serving as Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York and, more recently, his tenure as Deputy Under Secretary of State with responsibility for security policy, multilateral diplomacy and human rights.

“I am confident that, with his extensive experience both here at the UN and around the world, the General Assembly will be in good hands for the next session,” he said.

Mr Shahid also spoke about the work that still needs to be done in the General Assembly before he leaves office, including measures for the follow-up process for Our common agendathe UN report on the future of global cooperation.

Countries come together again in July for the Moment for nature event to address structural barriers impacting the environmental agenda, sustainable development and recovery from COVID-19.

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