Global Leaders Series Featuring H.E. Dennis Francis, President of the UN General Assembly

On April 24th, IPI hosted a Global Leaders Series event featuring H.E. Dennis Francis, President of the UN General Assembly. The conversation between IPI President Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and H.E. Dennis Francis took place on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace and highlighted how the work of the UN General Assembly is evolving to meet and address the global crises facing us today.

The interview addressed the principles needed for practical multilateralism efforts and highlighted past examples of its success. The conversation also posed the question, how can those working outside of the UN encourage and contribute to supporting effective international cooperation?

Dennis Francis currently serves as the 78th President of the UN General Assembly. He has had a career spanning approximately 40 years in the Diplomatic Service of Trinidad and Tobago, earning distinction as his country’s longest-serving ambassador. Before demitting office as Director of Multilateral Relations, he served as Senior Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on all multilateral-level matters, including climate change and the negotiations on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.