Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, congratulated Ambassador Volkan Bozkır, former Minister of EU Affairs (EU) and former Chief Negotiator and Chairman of the Foeign Affairs Committee of GNAT, who who was elected as the President of the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations, from his social media account. 18.06.2020

Şentop  expressed in his media account that "I learned with great pleasure that Volkan Bozkır, Deputy from İstanbul (Justice and Development Party) and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of GNAT, was elected as the President of the UN 75th General Assembly. I wish Volkan Bozkır, an experienced diplomat and politician, to have great success in his new position.”

In the election held at the UN General Assembly, representatives of the member states were taken one by one to the hall due to the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in the time zone allocated to them and casted their votes. Voting started at 09:00 local time and ended at 13:00.

192 member countries voted in the UN General Assembly, where 193 countries were represented. Venezuela lost its right to vote and could not vote in this election because it was unable to pay the financial contribution debt the UN member states had to pay.

Bozkır, nominated as the only candidate for the UN General Assembly Presidency, received the support of 178 countries and was appointed as the 75th term presidency of the UN General Assembly. 3 votes were void and 11 countries abstained.  

Bozkır was the first from Turkey elected to the Presidency of the UN General Assembly

Bozkır will take over the task from Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th UN General Assembly on September 15 and will continue this duty until September 2021.

The President of the UN General Assembly manages the sessions and regulates the functioning of the Board. The General Assembly also determines and controls the UN's budget every year.

Decisions that reflect the general opinion of the international community are taken at the UN General Assembly.

World leaders come together for the UN General Assembly meetings in New York, where the UN Headquarters is located in mid-September every year, seeking diplomatic solutions to global problems and explaining their country's policies.

Volkan Bozkır was born on November 22, 1950 in Ankara.

He was graduated from Ankara University,  Faculty of Law. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a career diplomat. He respectively carried out the duties of Vice Consul of Stuttgart Consulate General, First Secretary of the Baghdad Embassy, Undersecretary to the OECD Permanent Representative, New York Consul General, Ambassador to Bucharest and the Permanent Representative of the EU.

Bozkır also served as Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Chief of Cabinet and Senior Advisor on Foreign Affairs to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Deputy Undersecretary for EU Affairs and Deputy Counsellor responsible from the EU Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds the Romanian Merit Medal and Italian Order of Merit.

Volkan Bozkır was elected as the member of Parliament from Justice and Development Party from İstanbul during the 24th, 25th and 26th legislative terms of the Parliament.

Bozkır, was appointed as the EU Minister and Chief Negotiator in the 64th government.

Bozkır speaks fluent English and French.

He is married and has two children.