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President of the
United Nations General Assembly
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Dennis Francis

since 5 September 2023
United Nations General Assembly
Style His Excellency
Member of General Assembly
Residence New York City ( International Territory)
Seat United Nations Headquarters
Appointer Member states of General Assembly
Term length One year
Constituting instrument Charter of the United Nations
Inaugural holder Paul-Henri Spaak
Formation 1946

The president of the United Nations General Assembly is a position voted by representatives in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on a yearly basis. The president is the chair and presiding officer of the General Assembly.


UNGA President states
A map of the world showing the home countries of presidents of the United Nations General Assembly up until the 72nd session of the General Assembly in 2017–18, with historical member states in inset.

The session of the assembly is scheduled for every year starting in September—any special, or emergency special, assemblies over the next year will be headed by the president of the UNGA.

The presidency rotates annually between the five geographic groups: African, Asia-Pacific, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean, and Western European and other States.

Because of their powerful stature globally, some of the largest, most powerful countries have never held the presidency, such as the People's Republic of China, France, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In particular, it is customary that no permanent member of the United Nations Security Council ever serves as UNGA president.

The only modern countries that had a national elected as president of UNGA twice are Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Hungary and Nigeria; all the other member states had been represented only once by their nationals holding this office, and Germany had a national elected once as Federal Republic of Germany and once as German Democratic Republic. This does not include special and emergency special sessions of UNGA.

In addition to the president, a slate of 21 vice-presidents are elected for each General Assembly session. The vice-presidents have the same powers and duties as the president, and the president may designate one of them to cover his absence from any meeting or part thereof.

List of presidents

Year elected Image Name of president
UN member state Region Sessions
1946 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-39998-0427, Paul-Henri Spaak.jpg Paul-Henri Spaak
 Belgium WES First
1947 Osvaldo Euclides de Sousa Aranha, Ministro das Relações Exteriores..tif Oswaldo Aranha
 Brazil LAS First special
1948 José Arce.jpg José Arce
 Argentina LAS Second special
1948 Herbert V. Evatt.jpg Herbert Vere Evatt
 Australia COS Third
1949 Carlos P. Romulo (1949 UN photo).jpg Carlos P. Romulo
 Philippines EAS Fourth, First Asian president
1950 Nas entezam.jpg Nasrollah Entezam
 Iran EAS Fifth
1951 Luis Padilla Nervo in Paris (1951 UN photo) (cropped).jpg Luis Padilla Nervo
 Mexico LAS Sixth
1952 Lester B. Pearson 1957.jpg Lester B. Pearson
 Canada COS Seventh
1953 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit 1965b.jpg Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
 India COS Eighth, First woman president
1954 Eelco van Kleffens 1945.jpg Eelco van Kleffens
 Netherlands WES Ninth
1955 José Maza Fernández (1955 UN photo).jpg José Maza Fernández
 Chile LAS Tenth
1956 Rudecindo Ortega Mason (cropped).png Rudecindo Ortega (es)
 Chile LAS First emergency special
Second emergency special
1956 นราธิปพงศ์ประพันธ์.jpg Wan Waithayakon
 Thailand EAS Eleventh
1957 Sir Leslie Munro (1957 UN photo).jpg Leslie Munro
 New Zealand COS Twelfth
Third emergency special
1958 Dr Charles Malik Emergency Session (1958 UN photo).jpg Charles Malik
 Lebanon MES Thirteenth
1959 Víctor Andrés Belaúnde.jpg Víctor Andrés Belaúnde
 Peru LAS Fourteenth
Fourth emergency special
1960 Frederick H. Boland (cropped).png Frederick Boland
 Ireland WES Fifteenth
Third special
1961 Mongi Slim portrait (1957 UN photo).jpg Mongi Slim
 Tunisia MES Sixteenth, First African president
1962 Muhammad Zafarullah Khan (1961).jpg Muhammad Zafarullah Khan
 Pakistan COS Seventeenth
Fourth special
1963 Blank.png Carlos Sosa Rodríguez (es)
 Venezuela LAS Eighteenth
1964 Alex Quaison Sackey (portrait).jpg Alex Quaison-Sackey
 Ghana COS Nineteenth
1965 Amintore Fanfani 1965.jpg Amintore Fanfani
 Italy WES Twentieth
1966 Abdul Rahman Pazhwak
 Afghanistan Asia Twenty-first
Fifth special
Fifth emergency special
1967 Corneliu Manescu (1967 UN photo).jpg Corneliu Mănescu
 Romania EEG Twenty-second
1968 Blank.png Emilio Arenales Catalán
 Guatemala GRULAC Twenty-third
1969 Françoise Foliot - Togo - 035 - Angie Brooks-Randolph.jpg Angie Brooks
 Liberia Africa Twenty-fourth
1970 Edvard Hambro
 Norway WEOG Twenty-fifth
1971 Adam Malik 1970.jpg Adam Malik
 Indonesia Asia Twenty-sixth
1972 Blank.png Stanisław Trepczyński
 Poland EEG Twenty-seventh
1973 Leopoldo Benites (cropped).jpg Leopoldo Benites
 Ecuador GRULAC Twenty-eighth
Sixth special
1974 Abdelaziz Bouteflika 1975 (cropped 3x4).jpg Abdelaziz Bouteflika
 Algeria Africa Twenty-ninth
Seventh special
1975 Gaston Thorn (cropped).jpg Gaston Thorn
 Luxembourg WEOG Thirtieth
1976 Blank.png Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe
 Sri Lanka Asia Thirty-first
1977 Lazar Mojsov (1977 UN photo).jpg Lazar Mojsov
 Yugoslavia EEG Thirty-second
Eighth special
Ninth special
Tenth special
1978 Indalecio Liévano Aguirre.jpg Indalecio Liévano
 Colombia GRULAC Thirty-third
1979 Salim.JPG Salim Ahmed Salim
(born 1942)
 United Republic of Tanzania Africa Thirty-fourth
Sixth emergency special
Seventh emergency special
Eleventh special
1980 Rudiger Freiherr von Wechmar (1974 UN photo).jpg Rüdiger von Wechmar
 Federal Republic of Germany WEOG Thirty-fifth
Eighth emergency special
1981 Blank.png Ismat T. Kittani
 Iraq Asia Thirty-sixth
Seventh emergency special—Continuation
Ninth emergency special
Twelfth special
1982 Hollai Imre.jpg Imre Hollai
 Hungary EEG Thirty-seventh
1983 Jorge Illueca 1984 (cropped).jpg Jorge Illueca
 Panama GRULAC Thirty-eighth
1984 Paul J. F. Lusaka
 Zambia Africa Thirty-ninth
1985 Blank.png Jaime de Piniés
 Spain WEOG Fortieth
Thirteenth special
1986 Humayun Rashid Choudhury
 Bangladesh Asia Forty-first
Fourteenth special
1987 Peter Florin (cropped).jpg Peter Florin
 German Democratic Republic EEG Forty-second
Fifteenth special
1988 Dante Caputo 1984.jpg Dante Caputo
 Argentina GRULAC Forty-third
1989 Joseph Nanven Garba 2.jpg Joseph Nanven Garba
 Nigeria Africa Forty-fourth
Sixteenth special
Seventeenth special
Eighteenth special
1990 Guido de Marco 2003 crop.jpg Guido de Marco
 Malta WEOG Forty-fifth
1991 Blank.png Samir Shihabi
 Saudi Arabia Asia Forty-sixth
1992 Blank.png Stoyan Ganev
 Bulgaria EEG Forty-seventh
1993 Rudy Insanally 2006.jpg Rudy Insanally
 Guyana GRULAC Forty-eighth
1994 Essy.jpg Amara Essy
(born 1944)
 Côte d'Ivoire Africa Forty-ninth
1995 Freitas do Amaral, XV Cimeira Ibero-Americana - Salamanca, Espanha (cropped).jpg Diogo de Freitas do Amaral
 Portugal WEOG Fiftieth
1996 Tan Sri Razali Ismail (cropped).jpg Razali Ismail
(born 1939)
 Malaysia Asia Fifty-first
Tenth emergency special
Nineteenth special
1997 Hennadiy Udovenko.jpg Hennadiy Udovenko
 Ukraine EEG Fifty-second
Tenth emergency special—Continuation
Twentieth special
1998 Opertti.jpg Didier Opertti
(born 1937)
 Uruguay GRULAC Fifty-third
Tenth emergency special—Continuation
Twenty-first special
1999 Theo-Ben Gurirab (cropped) 01.jpg Theo-Ben Gurirab
 Namibia Africa Fifty-fourth
Twenty-second special
Twenty-third special
Twenty-fourth special
2000 Holkeri-2.jpg Harri Holkeri
 Finland WEOG Fifty-fifth
Tenth emergency special—Continuation
Twenty-fifth special
Twenty-sixth special
2001 Closeup Han Seung-soo.jpg Han Seung-soo
(born 1936)
 South Korea Asia Fifty-sixth
Tenth emergency special—Continuation
Twenty-seventh special
2002 Jan Kavan, IEIS conference «Russia and the EU the question of trust»-101.jpg Jan Kavan
(born 1946)
 Czech Republic EEG Fifty-seventh
Tenth emergency special—Continuation
2003 Julian Hunte.jpg Julian Hunte
(born 1940)
 Saint Lucia GRULAC Fifty-eighth
Tenth emergency special—Continuation
2004 Jean Ping 080202-F-1644L-081 0YWDF.jpg Jean Ping
(born 1942)
 Gabon Africa Fifty-ninth
Twenty-eighth special
2005 Jan Eliasson at Tällberg Forum 2009 cropped.jpg Jan Eliasson
(born 1940)
 Sweden WEOG Sixtieth
2006 Haya Rashed Al Khalifa (cropped).jpg Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa
(born 1952)
 Bahrain Asia Sixty-first
Tenth emergency special—Continuation
2007 Dr. Srgjan Kerim (cropped).jpg Srgjan Kerim
(born 1948)
 North Macedonia EEG Sixty-second
2008 Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann2.jpg Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann
 Nicaragua GRULAC Sixty-third
2009 Ali Treki.JPG Ali Treki
 Libya Africa Sixty-fourth
2010 Joseph Deiss.gif Joseph Deiss
(born 1946)
 Switzerland WEOG Sixty-fifth
2011 Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser.jpg Nassir Al-Nasser
(born 1952)
 Qatar Asia-Pacific Sixty-sixth
2012 Vuk-Jeremic-cirsd-2014.jpg Vuk Jeremić
(born 1975)
 Serbia EEG Sixty-seventh (election)
2013 John William Ashe.jpg John William Ashe
 Antigua and Barbuda GRULAC Sixty-eighth
2014 Sam Kutesa - 2018 (32521275868) (cropped).jpg Sam Kutesa
(born 1949)
 Uganda Africa Sixty-ninth
Twenty-ninth special
2015 Mogens Lykketoft-2011-09-03.jpg Mogens Lykketoft
(born 1946)
 Denmark WEOG Seventieth
Thirtieth special
2016 Peter Thomson at IMO Headquarters in London - 2017 (37102010524) (cropped).jpg Peter Thomson
(born 1948)
 Fiji Asia-Pacific Seventy-first (election)
2017 Miroslav Lajcak 2014 (11981540724).jpg Miroslav Lajčák
(born 1963)
 Slovakia EEG Seventy-second
Tenth emergency special—Continuation
2018 Entrevista de Canciller María Fernanda Espinosa (36388035054) (cropped).jpg María Fernanda Espinosa
(born 1964)
 Ecuador GRULAC Seventy-third
2019 Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (48791461812) (cropped).jpg Tijjani Muhammad-Bande
(born 1957)
 Nigeria Africa Seventy-fourth
2020 Volkan Bozkır April 2016 (26358127551) (cropped).jpg Volkan Bozkır
(born 1950)
 Turkey WEOG Seventy-fifth
2021 Abdulla Shahid April 2021.png Abdulla Shahid
(born 1962)
 Maldives Asia-Pacific Seventy-sixth
Eleventh emergency special
2022 Csaba Kőrösi 20230217.jpg Csaba Kőrösi
(born 1958)
 Hungary EEG Seventy-seventh
2023 Dennis Francis 20240215.jpg Dennis Francis
(born 1956)
 Trinidad and Tobago GRULAC Seventy-eighth


Since 1966
  • Africa: African Group
  • Asia-Pacific: Asian Group, since 2011 the Asia-Pacific Group
  • EEG: Eastern European Group
  • GRULAC: Latin American and Caribbean Group
  • WEOG: Western European and Others Group

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Presidente de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas para niños

  • President of the United Nations Security Council
  • President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
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