The Kingdom of Cambodia and 15 other countries from different regional groups were elected to serve together with the 5 permanent members of the Security Council as Vice Presidents of 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
, in the General Assembly Hall of the UN Headquarters in New York on June 5.
According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cambodia will hold this position from September 2018 to September 2019.
At the instruction of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Royal Government, in the spirit of enhancing the national prestige and honour on the international arena, proposed in January 2017 its candidature for the position of Vice-President of 73rd Session of UNGA.
In February 2018, the candidatures of Cambodia and of the other four countries received the formal endorsement by the countries of the Asia-Pacific Group to serve as Vice-Presidents of 73rd Session of the UNGA.
As Vice-President of the UNGA, Cambodia will have the opportunity to chair the Session of the UNGA on behalf and at the request of the President. Moreover, Cambodia will also be part of the General Committee whose functions include considering the provisional agenda and the supplementary list, making recommendations to the General Assembly and assisting the President and the General Assembly in drawing up the agenda for each plenary meeting, and in the general conduct of the work of the General Assembly.
It is worth noting that Cambodia was first elected as Vice President of 56th Session of the UNGA for the period 2001-2002.
Cambodia is one of the 193 sovereign state members of UN. The country has become a member of UN since Dec. 14, 1955.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press