QUITO – Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said on Wednesday that her country’s candidacy to preside over the United Nations General Assembly during its upcoming session is “very solid.”
Ecuador and Honduras are vying for the position, which will be decided on June 5.
“The most important thing about the campaign is the good record that a country has, its activities in the multilateral world and in the United Nations. That letter of introduction is very solid in the case of Ecuador, which is a country that contributes and has done so in an ongoing manner,” said Ecuador’s top diplomat at a meeting with a small group of journalists in Quito.
Ecuador aspires to preside over the Assembly during the international body’s 73rd session, which begins in September.
Espinosa expounded on the international agenda that Ecuador has pursued regarding human rights, the disabled, international tax law, immigration and refugee issues and discussed Quito’s recently holding the presidency of the G77+China group and its ability to “create consensus and agreements on the most important issues.”
On Feb. 21, Ecuador made a surprise presentation of Espinosa’s candidacy, which sparked a row with Honduras, who two years ago had proposed its own diplomat, Mary Elizabeth Flores, for the post and argues that it – unlike Ecuador – has never presided over the General Assembly.
Regarding her chances of being elected, Espinosa said she was “optimistic,” but she added that understanding that “it’s a secret, worldwide vote, one must always be prepared for the final result.”
Espinosa said that holding the presidency of the General Assembly “is a post that has a significant importance not just for Ecuador, but also for strengthening multilateralism and the UN.”