Denmark’s Mogens Lykketoft elected as President of UN General Assembly

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Mogens Lykketoft from Denmark was elected as President of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Lykketoft was only the nominee put forward by the WEOG (Western Europe and other group).

  • Lykketoft replaces Sam Kutesa from Uganda who was President of 69th session of UNGA. Lykketoft will preside over the 193-member UNGA in its upcoming 70th session for one-year term.
  • Since 2011, Lykketoft is President (speaker) of Denmark’s Parliament. Earlier he had served as Cabinet Minister in Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen led government.
  • During 1993 to 2000, Lykketoft had held portfolios such as Finance Minister and Foreign Minister from 2000 to 2001.
  • President of UNGA presides over the sessions of the General Assembly which is starts begins every year in September.
  • In 1953, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was first and only Indian to serve as President of UNGA. She was also the first woman President of UNGA.
  • The President is elected annually on rotational basis between the five geographic groups namely African, Asian, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean and Western European and other States.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 24, 2015