The President of the 73rd UNGA has built on the UNGA 72 Morning Dialogues by holding Morning Minga sessions to exchange ideas, views and solutions with Permanent Representatives.
The fifth Morning Minga focused on communication.
15 April 2019: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, held the sixth meeting in her ‘Morning Minga’ series, with a focus on communication. The Mingas are a monthly breakfast dialogue with Permanent Representatives to the UN, and build on the Morning Dialogues series begun by the previous UNGA President.
In November 2017, the President of the 72nd UNGA, Miroslav Lajcak, initiated the Morning Dialogues as an informal discussions series with Permanent Representatives to the UN. He held dialogue sessions with a focus on: gender mainstreaming; small delegations at the UN; cooperation and coherence between New York, Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna; coherence in the work of the main committees; and multilateralism.
Espinosa continued the tradition of the morning dialogues, expressing her commitment to doing so during her candidacy. She has built on the Morning Dialogues by holding Morning Minga sessions to exchange ideas, views and solutions with Permanent Representatives. The Andean principle of “minga” refers to shared, collective efforts for the benefit of the community. The sessions held to date have included:
- Revitalizing the work of the UNGA, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the main Committees, including opportunities for promoting transparency and focus and making the work of the UN relevant for all (2 November 2018);
- Gender equality (6 December 2018);
- South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation for delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and promoting global economic growth, ahead of the second High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) (30 January);
- Improving UNGA effectiveness, including through the ban of single-use plastics at the UN to improving service delivery (8 March);
- Communication (15 April).
The latter session addressed ways to reconcile the complexity of the work of the UN and the time it takes to yield tangible results, with today’s world of immediate information and round-the-clock news. Participants shared their perspectives on rethinking communication to bring the UN closer to people.