This will be the first visit by a President of the UN General Assembly.
The visit will include meetings with senior Latvian officials and the Chairman of the Riga City Council, as well as a visit to the Riga Support Center for the Residents of Ukraine, and Riga Technical University.
Shahid will also take part in a roundtable discussion on achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals amid increasing global geopolitical challenges, which will be jointly organized by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Library of Latvia.
All 193 UN member states are represented in the General Assembly, which acts as the main decision-making body of the UN. The General Assembly convenes annually in September and meets throughout the year. At the beginning of each session, the General Assembly elects a new president on a rotating basis. Abdulla Shahid became the President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2021, representing the Asia-Pacific region.
The General Assembly has elected Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary to preside over its 77th session. He will assume his functions at the beginning of the session on September 13, 2022.