Sierra Leone gets massive lift at the UN : Country will serve as one of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly next session
The Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, Ambassador Shekou M. Touray, will be one of the Vice-Presidents of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly. Sierra Leone and the other 20 countries who will serve as Vice-President were elected by acclamation and will serve for one year. The other countries are : Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, China, Congo, France, Ghana, Honduras, Israel, Lebanon, Nepal, Netherlands, Palau, Peru, Russian Federation, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, the United States.
In the absence of the President of the General Assembly, one of the VPs would be called upon to serve as Acting President with the same mandate and responsibility of the President. .However , VPs representing the 5 permanent members do not serve as Acting President. All the V-Ps are members of the General Committee responsible for procedural and organizational issues for a GA
When She would have served as VP, Sierra Leone may well bid for position in UN Security Council next year.The last time Sierra Leone served as a non-permanent member of the Security Council was during the 1969/70 Session during the incumbency of the late Dr. Davidson Nicol , who was the Permanent Representative.
IN OTHER UN news, the General Assembly has elected Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremic, as the President of the upcoming 67th session of the Assembly. Out of a total of 190 ballots cast , Mr. Jeremic obtained 99 votes, while the other candidate, Ambassador Dalius Cekuolis of Lithuania polled 85 votes.