ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday December 2, 2011 – This country’s Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. John Ashe has been endorsed as the President of the Sixty-eight Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 68), when that position rotates to the region in September 2013.
Dr Ashe was unanimously endorsed this week by the 33 UN member states of the Latin American and Caribbean Group, GRULAC.
In a statement delivered to the GRULAC, Ambassador Ashe said: “I am indeed humbled and deeply honoured by the confidence you have placed in me by endorsing me to this office. And I will do everything possible to live up to the expectations that accompany this office…”
He recalled that his CARICOM colleagues, Ambassador Samuel Insanally of Guyana served as President of the 48th session of the General Assembly in 1993, while St. Lucian Ambassador Julian Hunte was the President of the 58th session of the GA in 2003.
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has congratulated Ambassador Ashe on his achievement, noting that the early endorsement by the GRULAC was an indication of the group’s confidence in his ability.
“The citizens of this nation can be proud of this singular achievement that has been bestowed on our UN Ambassador by the countries of the Latin American and Caribbean region. I have no doubt that Ambassador Ashe can and will provide the necessary leadership during his tenure as President of the 68th session of the General Assembly,” he said.
The GRULAC endorsement represents the final step before the pro forma election of Ambassador Ashe as PGA by the UN General Assembly in June 2013.
The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations, and is composed of representatives of all 193 member states of the United Nations, each of which has one vote.