Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech was the longest at UNGA 2019

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 18, 2019, 02.28 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

File photo of Pakistan's Imran Khan. Photograph:( AFP )

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The last time a leader spoke for this long was when Libya's former leader Muammar al-Gaddafi spoke for around 96 minutes in 2009.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan took the maximum time during his speech this year at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). His speech was the longest at 50 minutes among leaders of 190 nations who spoke from the famous green podium at the UNGA last month during the 74th UNGA session. Almost more than half of Khan's speech was devoted to Kashmir.

The last time a leader spoke for this long was when Libya's former leader Muammar al-Gaddafi spoke for around 96 minutes in 2009.

Each leader is given 15 minutes to speak from the UNGA podium; Khan's speech exceeded by 35 minutes.

The shortest statement was made by Rwanda's President Paul Kagame who spoke for 7 minutes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke for 17 minutes, 30 seconds. In 2014, the last time PM Modi addressed the UNGA, the duration of his speech was 34 minutes.

Another key fact that came out from the data released by the United Nations was the lack of women leaders at the world stage. While 91.8 per cent of speakers were male, only 8.2  per cent of speakers were women. Of the 81 head of states - presidents, kings and Amirs - present at the UNGA this year, 76 were men and just 5 were women. At the Prime Ministerial level, 38 leaders who attended the session were men while just 4 were women. No woman at the deputy PM level was present at the event.

United Nations General Assembly offers an opportunity to world leaders to speak and talk about global issues and is the biggest annual gathering of world leaders anywhere in the world.