Maldive's Abdulla Shahid won the Presidency of the 76th UNGA
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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.
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
The election to the UNGA presidential post is held on an annual basis, rotated amongst various regional groupings.
The 76th UNGA session (2021-22) was the turn of the Asia-Pacific group.