UNGA Resolution 71/323, which was adopted in September 2017, calls for dialogues with candidates for president of the Assembly, starting with the election of the 73rd session's president. By that text, the exchanges will be “informal interactive dialogues,” and the process will respect the principle of geographical rotation.
The President of the 73rd session of the UNGA will be elected from the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC). The resolution calls on candidates to present vision statements, and invites Member States to consider presenting women as candidates.
In a letter to Member States on 12 January 2018, President of UNGA 72 Miroslav Lajcak announced that he will convene the mandated dialogues in early May, followed by the election in early June 2018. Per additional information provided in April 2018, the dialogues will convene on 4 May 2018. Lajcak's letter also provides details on the format of the informal interactive dialogues, which he notes will be replicated for each candidate to ensure equal opportunities.
date: 4 May 2018
location: New York City, US
contact: Office of UNGA President