Cameroun’s former Prime Minister elected President of the 69th UN General Assembly


Cocorioko Report

The United Nations had a new President of the 79th Session of the General Assembly today —He is H.E Philemon Yang, the former Prime Minister of Cameroun. He was elected today by acclamation .


In the other photo , the Secretary General of the UN, H.E. Antonio Guterres , is seen congratulating Mr. Yang for his election.

The current President of this seventy-eighth session is Dennis Francis of Trinidad and Tobago .

In a statement, Mr . Yang said : “Diversity is a part of life … I am convinced that through dialogue, through consensus, talking together and looking to the future together, we can solve problems”.

Secretary General Guterres said :

” As President-elect Yang arrives to lead the seventy-ninth General Assembly, he does so at a challenging moment. Conflicts continue to rage. Climate catastrophe is deepening. Poverty and inequality are rife. Mistrust and division are pulling people apart. The Sustainable Development Goals are dramatically off-track. And developing countries are left without the support they need to invest in their people.”

“In the face of these challenges, we must not lose sight of our objective of a more peaceful and sustainable world. Like his predecessor, President-elect Yang will play an important role in achieving this objective.”

“He brings a vital voice to this Hall. He has a wealth of experience representing his country as a diplomat and public servant, as well as his work with the African Union and at the highest levels of Government — including as Prime Minister of Cameroon.”

He is also a proud African dedicated to the future of his continent. African countries like Cameroon are bursting with potential. Realizing this potential requires rallying around African countries — and indeed, supporting developing countries around the world.

“I look forward to working closely with him as he unites Member States around collaborative solutions that can deliver justice to Africa and to the developing world.”

“Across all of this important work, this Assembly and its President can count on my full support.”


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