Bangladesh has been elected unanimously as the vice-president of the upcoming 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), agencies report. Earlier, the candidature of Bangladesh for the position of Vice President of 71 session of UNGA was endorsed by the Asia-Pacific Group (APG).
Besides Bangladesh, 15 other countries from different regional groups were elected as vice presidents. As per rules, all the P-5 countries of United Nations Security Council are also the vice presidents of the UNGA session.
The term of 71 session will begin in September at the commencement of the 71st General Assembly session. The UNGA also elected Peter Thomson, the Permanent Representative of Fiji, as the president of its upcoming 71st session. Thomson will replace current UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft from Denmark.
Thomson, got elected, defeating Andreas D. Mavroyiannis from Cyprus through voting conducted by secret ballot. As the vice president of 71st session of UNGA, Bangladesh will be able to augment its active participation in the work of the United Nations.