Mogens Lykketoft Appointed Next President of the GA

16 June 2015

 Yesterday the UN General Assembly elected Mr. Mogens Lykketoft (Denmark) as the President of the 70th session of the General Assembly. Lykketoft, who was approved by the Western European and Others Group, was elected by acclamation. 

 Following the election, Lykketoft described his approach to the office, emphasizing his commitment to achieving "pragmatic and action-oriented outcomes". He highlighted global poverty, sustainable development, human rights, and global peace and security as particular concerns. 

In his remarks, Lykketoft also touched on two major reform issues this year: Security Council reform and the appointment of the next UN Secretary-General. He noted that many member states have expressed interest in a process which allows candidates to be presented in a more official way.  

The 1 for 7 Billion campaign, a civil society network advocating for improvements to the appointment process for the Secretary-General, responded to the news in an online statement.

Mr. Lykketoft will assume the post when the next session of the General Assembly begins in September. For more information, see the UN's press release.