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On September 13, 2016, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, former Speaker of the Danish Parliament, completed his one-year term as President of the 70th General Assembly and passed the baton to his successor, Ambassador Peter Thomson from Fiji. Mr. Lykketoft was the first ever Dane to hold the position as President of the General Assembly.
In his closing statement Mr. Lykketoft outlined his own views on the 70th session and looked ahead on the tasks facing the 71st UN General Assembly. The 70th session was kicked off in September last year with the largest Summit in UN history and a historic adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that will set the stage for the work of UN and the General Assembly over the next fifteen years.
A significant achievement by President Mr. Lykketoft was his persistent efforts to promote principles of transparency and openness in the working methods of the Presidency as well as the UN and its principal bodies. In this regard one successful outcome was increased transparency in the selection process of the next UN Secretary-General. For the first time Member States officially nominate candidates for the position as Secretary-General, and these candidates are invited to participate in public hearings in the General Assembly.
Mr. Lykketoft will now return to his duties as member of the Danish Parliament.
Find more information and read the closing statement by Mr. Lykketoft, here.