President of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly
On 13 June 2016, the United Nations General Assembly elected Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji to serve as President of its seventy-first session, which runs from September 2016 to September 2017. Ambassador Thomson took office in New York as Fijiís Permanent Representative to the United Nations in February 2010, serving concurrently as Fijiís Ambassador to Cuba until assumption of his duties as President of the UN General Assemblyís seventy-first session. Ambassador Thomson held office as Vice-President of the UN General Assembly in 2011-2012. He was elected as President of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authorityís 2011-2012 session and then as President of the Council of the Authorityís 2015-2016 session. For the duration of 2013, he chaired the United Nationsí largest negotiating bloc, the Group of 77 and China. From January 2014 to January 2015, he served as President of the Executive Board of UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support (UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS).

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