Remarks by Ambassador Chris Lu at the Election of the President of the General Assembly for the 78th Session

Chris Lu
U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform
New York, New York
June 1, 2023


As host country of the United Nations, the United States extends our sincere congratulations to Dennis Francis upon his election as President of the 78th session of the General Assembly.

Mr. President-Elect, your campaign promised a vision focused on peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability. We appreciate your calls to hold fast to the principles and values of the UN Charter and to repudiate force. We also share your commitment to promoting and protecting human rights, particularly for women and girls and marginalized populations, as well as combatting climate change.

The success of your agenda will rest upon our collective commitment to revitalize the General Assembly and to ensure that all voices are heard. This means keeping the doors of the UN open to multistakeholder participation, especially civil society. We look forward to supporting your work.

On this special occasion, we also commend President Csaba Korosi for his dedicated service and hard work over this past year.

Mr. President, we have valued your leadership through extraordinary events and initiatives during the 77th session, including the management of the Emergency Special Session on Ukraine.

We have appreciated your management of Our Common Agenda. The productive consultations you convened with Member States were critical to prioritizing our resources to address the greatest and most pressing global needs, including accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We applaud your focus on the importance of data and science in decision-making, as well as your call for transformative action and leadership to manage the complexities of this year’s High-Level week. Your presidency will leave an indelible mark on this organization and the way its Member States operate.

As the Host Country, the United States applauds the lifetime commitment to public service that the President and President-Elect exemplify, and we look forward to working collaboratively with them to uphold the principles of the UN Charter. Thank you.