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Post at: Sep 07 2021

Maldive's Abdulla Shahid won the Presidency of the 76th UNGA

Why in News?

  • Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid won the Presidency of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 7 June, 2021.
  • This is for the first time in the history of the United Nations (UN), Maldives will hold the office of President at the UNGA.

About UNGA

  • Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations.
  • It comprises all 193 members of UN.
  • Each of the 193 Member States in the Assembly has one vote.
  • Votes taken on designated important issues- such as recommendations on peace and security, the election of Security Council and Economic and Social Council members, and budgetary questions - require a two-thirds majority of Member States, but other questions are decided by a simple majority.
  • President of UNGA
  1. The election to the UNGA presidential post is held on an annual basis, rotated amongst various regional groupings.
  2. The 76th UNGA session (2021-22) was the turn of the Asia-Pacific group.

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