United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his gratitude for the efforts made by Turkish Ambassador Volkan Bozkir during his presidency of the United Nations General Assembly, which ends Tuesday.
This was stated by Amy Contrell, spokeswoman for the President of the General Assembly, during a press conference held on Monday at the United Nations Permanent Headquarters in New York.
“Last Friday, President Volkan Bozkir held his last meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,” the spokeswoman said.
He added: “The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude for the support Bozkir provided to the General Assembly during his tenure and for his efforts in shaping the role of the United Nations.
so that they are fit for the purpose for which they were established, and in a manner that meets the needs of the people they serve.”
The UN spokeswoman explained that “Bozkir will deliver his last statement on Tuesday at the closing session of the 75th session of the General Assembly, where he will present his recommendations to the members of the General Assembly (193 countries).”
On Tuesday, former Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid is scheduled to take over the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly from Bozkir.
This is after taking the constitutional oath to officially start the work of the 76th session of the Assembly.
Bozkir was elected President of the General Assembly on June 17, 2020, with the support of 178 countries, making him the first Turkish diplomat to hold the position.
The many functions of the President of the General Assembly include organizing events such as high-level meetings.
It also negotiates final documents and holds consultations on international issues.