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5 August 2019

The President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa, is visiting London between 4 and 7 August. 

Ms Espinosa is visiting the UK as a guest of the YMCA. UNA-UK are working alongside the Office of the President of the General Assembly to raise awareness of the visit and to increase engagement with civil society.

To find out more about her visit, please see the press release issued by her office, or follow her on twitter. To find out more about the role of the President of the General Assembly please see the briefing we wrote for the 2018 General Assembly on the occasion of Ms. Espinosa's appointment.

An itinerary, taken from Ms. Espinosa's press release, is available below:

On Monday 5 August,  Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa will deliver the keynote speech at an event to mark the 175th Anniversary of the YMCA.

The event will be attended by approximately five thousand young people from over 100 countries. Ms. Espinosa will speak about her priorities including; “Youth, Peace and Security”, the future of work, climate change, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) alongside other topics and will engage in an interactive dialogue with participants.

She will hold bilateral meetings with the YMCA Secretary-General, Mr. Carlos Sanvee, and President, Ms. Patricia Pelton.

Ms. Espinosa also will hold other meetings on the upcoming High-Level Week of the UN General Assembly, and on climate change, gender equality, environmental action, sustainable development, action to tackle hate speech and General Assembly revitalisation.

On Tuesday 6 August, the PGA will travel to Buckinghamshire, to open the Centre for United Nations Studies at the University of Buckingham, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. She will subsequently meet representatives of academia, civil society, and women’s groups, and take part in a roundtable discussion hosted by the United Nations Association - UK.

The PGA will also visit Central Hall Westminster, where the GA held its first meetings in 1946. Whilst in London, Ms. Espinosa will grant interviews to national and international media outlets.

She will depart from London on Wednesday 7 August.

Photo: President of the General Assembly Espinosa. Credit: UN_PGA via twitter