Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kahamba Kutesa on 11 June 2014 was elected as the President of 69th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The theme for the 69th session is Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.
He was the only candidate nominated for the Presidency for the 69th session from African Union since it was the Africa Group's turn to have the Presidency.
He replaced the present John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda, who led the 68th session of the 193-member UNGA.
For each session of UNGA, which is held every year, UNGA elects a President and 21 Vice-President on the equal geographical rotation basis from each region.
From India, it was Vijayalaxmi Pandit who was elected as the President of the Eighth Session of UNGA.
Powers of the President
• The President will be elected by the General Assembly for a term of one year. The President shall declare the opening and closing of each plenary meeting of the session.
• He directs the discussions in plenary meeting, ensure observance of these rules, accord the right to speak, put questions and announce decisions.
• He shall rule on points of order and, subject to these rules, shall have complete control of the proceedings at any meeting and over the maintenance of order thereat.
• The President can give limitation of time to the speakers, the limitation of the number of times each representative may speak, the closure of the list of speakers or the closure of the debate during the discussion of an item.
• He may also propose the suspension or the adjournment of the meeting or the adjournment of the debate on the item under discussion.
When: 11 June 2014