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María Fernanda Espinosa

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés was the president of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly from September 2018 to September 2019. She has more than 20 years of multilateral experience in international negotiations, peace, security, defence, disarmament, human rights, indigenous peoples, gender equality, sustainable development, environment, biodiversity, climate change and multilateral cooperation. She has served Ecuador as Minister of Foreign Affairs (twice), Minister of National Defence, and Coordinating Minister of Natural and Cultural Heritage.