Shahid gifts UN SG Maldivian Boduberu in farewell call

President of the 76th UNGA and Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid (R) gifts UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) with a Maldivian Boduberu on September 7, 2022.

Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid’s term as the President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is set to expire in one week.

Shahid was elected President of the UNGA on September 14, 2021 – becoming the first Maldivian to hold the post. His one-year term is set to expire on Wednesday, September 14.

He had his last monthly coordination meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday. A dinner was held in Shahid’s honor at the UN headquarters in New York. At the dinner, Shahid presented Guterres with a Maldivian Boduberu as a farewell gift.

Shahid was elected the President of UNGA with 143 votes. He beat his rival, former Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul with a margin of 48 votes. He made history by becoming the first Maldivian to hold such a high position within the UN.

He named his tenure ‘Presidency of Hope’, focusing on five ‘rays of hope’;

  • Recovering from COVID-19
  • Rebuilding sustainably
  • Responding to the needs of the planet
  • Respecting the rights of all
  • Reforming the UN

He had launched multiple initiatives to reach his objectives, including awarding scholarships.

Shahid will be succeeded by former Sustainable Environment Director at the Hungarian President’s Office, Csaba Korosi, who was elected the 77th President of the UNGA back in June.