Cambodia has been elected as one of the vice-presidents of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday that the UN has elected Cambodia and 15 other countries to serve as vice-presidents of the UNGA.
The vice-presidency consists of the five permanent members of the Security Council (China, France, Russian Federation, the UK, and the US) and 16 non-permanent members elected by the General Assembly.
Cambodia will occupy this position from September 2018 to September 2019.
The ministry added that Cambodia received formal endorsement by countries of the Asia-Pacific Group to serve as vice-president in February.
It was also announced yesterday that Cambodia will be part of the General Committee, whose functions include considering the provisional agenda and the supplementary list, making recommendations to the General Assembly.
Cambodia was first elected as vice-president of the 56th session of UNGA in 2001.
Yang Peou, secretary-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, applauded the appointment as a success for Cambodia.
“This move shows the prestige of Cambodia in the international arena,” he said.