UN General Assembly debate room, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces speaking



When Are Leaders from the Americas Speaking at the 73rd UN General Assembly?

By Holly K. Sonneland

Several leaders inaugurated in 2018 will be addressing the body for the first time.

Updated, October 1 — At this year’s UN General Assembly, Ecuador’s María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés will preside over the 73rd session, making her the fourth woman to do so in the organization’s seven-decade history. Per tradition, Brazil will kick off the General Debate of the 2018 session with remarks by President Michel Temer, with U.S. President Donald Trump following directly after. The theme of this year’s debate is “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: Global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.”

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru have confirmed they will be using this year’s General Assembly to present a formal complaint against Venezuela for systematic violation of human rights, which will pave the way for an official International Criminal Court investigation against the administration of Nicolás Maduro.

Presidents making their first appearances in New York include Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel, Iván Duque of Colombia, and Peru’s Martín Vizcarra of Peru. Brazil’s Michel Temer and Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, on the other hand, will be giving their final addresses to the body before handing over the reins to incoming administrations in coming months. And while there are no female heads of state in Latin America at the moment, at least one woman from the region besides Espinosa Garcés will be speaking from the podium: Epsy Campbell, Costa Rica’s newly installed vice president.

Morning sessions run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and afternoon ones from 3 to 9 p.m. Speakers are typically allotted 20 minutes per speech, although leaders regularly exceed their time. Remarks can be viewed via UN Web TV.

Tuesday, September 25


1. Brazil, President Michel Temer (Remarks)

2. Ecuador, President Lenín Moreno (Remarks)

3. United States, President Donald Trump (Remarks)

6. Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto (Remarks)

9. Peru, President Martín Vizcarra (Remarks)


17. Guatemala, President Jimmy Morales (Remarks)

20. Paraguay, President Mario Abdo Benítez (Remarks)

21. Argentina, President Mauricio Macri (Remarks)

33. Dominican Republic, President Danilo Medina (Remarks)


Wednesday, September 26


1. Panama, President Juan Carlos Varela (Remarks)

8. Uruguay, President Tabaré Vázquez (Remarks)

9. Colombia, President Iván Duque (Remarks)

13. Cuba, President Miguel Díaz-Canel (Remarks)


24. Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernández (Remarks)

30. El Salvador, President Salvador Sánchez Céren (Remarks)

32. Bolivia, President Evo Morales (Remarks)

34. Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro (Remarks)


Thursday, September 27


6. Haiti, President Jovenel Moïse (Remarks)

7. Chile, President Sebastián Piñera (Remarks)

16. Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness (Remarks)

18. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves (Remarks)


25. Costa Rica, Vice President Epsy Campbell (Remarks)

29. Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (Remarks)


Friday, September 28


2. Guyana, Vice President Carl Greenidge (Remarks)

10. Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Allen Michael Chastanet (Remarks)


21. Saint Kitts and Nevis, Prime Minister Timothy Harris (Remarks)

22. Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Minnis (Remarks)

24. Antigua and Barbuda, Prime Minister Gaston Alphonso Browne (Remarks)

26. Barbados, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley (Remarks)


Saturday, September 29


8. Suriname, Foreign Affairs Minister Yldiz Pollack-Beigle (Remarks)

17. Trinidad and Tobago, Foreign Affairs Minister Denis Moses (Remarks)


22. Belize, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Wilfred Elrington (Remarks)

27. Dominica, Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron (Remarks)

29. Grenada, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter David (Remarks)


Monday, October 1


3. Nicaragua, Foreign Affairs Minister Denis Ronaldo Moncada Colindres (Remarks)

10. Canada, Delegation Chair Marc-André Blanchard (Remarks)