Brazil continues tradition of opening the UN General Assembly

Brazil continues tradition of opening the UN General Assembly

Chamber Articles Category: Economic News Post Date: 09/25/18 Source: BrazilGovNews By: BrazilGovNews
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Traditionally, as has been the case since 1949, Brazil will open the general debate session of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York on Tuesday (25 September). A founding member of the UN, Brazil was represented for the first time in the presidency of the UNGA in 1947 by renown diplomat Oswaldo Aranha - who, two years later, would also deliver Brazil's first opening address for the general debate.

According to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, the choice was made in the context of the Cold War. Faced with disputes between the United States and the Soviet Union over who would open the floor, the organization saw in Brazil a choice of compromise. Since then, the practice has come to symbolise the special bond between Brazil and the United Nations and the positive image of the country before the organisation.

More than 30 years later, Brazilian presidents started delivering the opening remark, beginning with João Figueiredo in 1982. "Brazil is one of the first to speak, a tradition that comes from the very early years [of the UN] and is a very important position. We always make a very important contribution to the UN, conveying the basic values of our foreign policy of promotion of international law and multilateralism," explained Mauro Vieira, Brazilian ambassador to the UN. Read Full Article