UN Assembly President Gives Lecture In Accra

Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces

THE PRESIDENT of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Maria
Fernanda Espinosa Garces is scheduled to give a lecture in Accra on May 10.

The lecture is being hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations
– Ghana (CFR-Ghana).

Ms. Espinosa would speak on the topic: “Responding to global
challenges in a fast changing world: The case for strengthening
multilateralism.” In *2018* she became the fourth woman to be elected to the
presidency of the General Assembly. 

Her address, Daily Guide understands, would cover important
issues facing societies in the 21st century, such as automization and the
future of work, cyber security, globalization, reform of the UN General
Assembly, the Security Council and multilateral rules, and the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).

Ms. Espinosa is the third speaker of the Distinguished Speakers
Series of CFR-Ghana, an independent, non-governmental and non-profit foreign
affairs think tank, since it was inaugurated in February this year.

Ms. Espinosa was elected as President of the General Assembly in
June 2018.  She has more than 20 years experience in international
negotiations, defence, gender equality and sustainable development.

The two previous CFR-Ghana Distinguished Guests speakers
were British politician and diplomat Baroness Amos and Dr. Mohamed ibn Chambas,
the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa and the
Sahel.

Ms. Espinosa had previously been minister of *Foreign Affairs* ,
Minister of National Defence, and Co-ordinating Minister of Natural and
Cultural Heritage. She was special adviser to the President of the Constituent
Assembly that drafted the 2008 constitution of Ecuador.

Before taking up politics and diplomacy, she was an academic and researcher, with post graduate qualifications in Social Sciences, Amazonian Studies, Anthropology and Political Science. 

BY Melvin Tarlue



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