UN chief lauds ‘skills, vision and dedication’ of outgoing Assembly President
Today, the 76th session of the General Assembly was brought to its close.
But hope must live on!
— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) September 12, 2022
“As we close this session and look ahead to the next, let us all renew our commitment to co-operation, and the eternal tools of diplomacy, dialogue and debate,” he concluded. “Let’s work as one to forge a better, more peaceful future for all”.
In delivering his final speech as Assembly President, Mr. Shahid spoke about the “unprecedented journey” of his presidency of challenges and triumphs; twists and turns; and laughter and friendship.
He described it as “a journey of renewed hope,” that would have been impossible “without the support, the friendship, and the guidance of all Member States”.
I thank you, dear Ambassadors. You made me feel like part of the family from day one. Despite the difficult times we have endured, we have celebrated many occasions over the past year. We celebrated unity, camaraderie, and hope, together, as a family.
The outgoing Assembly President urged those present “not lose hope and give into cynicism” or “turn our backs on those who look to us at the United Nations for solutions”.
“Let us use the instruments at our disposal to secure global peace and justice…[and] tell the next generation that their aspirations, their futures, their planet, are worth fighting for,” he underscored.
“We owe it to ourselves, to our peers, to our children, to our grandchildren, to humanity, to choose hope”.
He welcomed President-elect Csaba Korosi and wish him “the very best,” in leading the 77th session.
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