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11/07/2015

The New President of the UN General Assembly

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

The election of Mogens Lykketoft as the new President of the United Nations General Assembly has opened the door to the solution of several of world’s most pressing problems. For example, it may now be possible to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention by a direct majority vote.

**Danish politician Mogens Lykketoft | Author: Knud Winckelmann | Wikimedia Commons

**Mogens Lykketoft | Author: Knud Winckelmann | Wikimedia Commons

On June 15, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously elected Mogens Lykketoft, Denmark’s former parliament speaker and foreign minister, as president of its 70th anniversary session.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that this anniversary year offers Lykketoft “an extraordinary opportunity to shape history”.

In September, just before the annual General Assembly ministerial meeting, world leaders will hold a special summit to adopt new goals.

Their aims will be to further reduce poverty, promote economic development, and tackle the roots of climate change.

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