In just less than 8 minutes, President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda has swayed away from his colleagues to make the briefest speech at the United Nations general Assembly.

Kagame’s Presentation was made during the 4th plenary meeting of the UN general Assembly chaired by Taye Atske Selassie the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations.

“President Paul Kagame of Rwanda delivered his statement in less than 8 minutes. Probably one of the briefest and yet very powerful, inspiring and focused speech in the history of UNGA plenary debate,”  said Ambasador Atske Selassie.

According to Guinness World Records, the longest statement made at the UN was given by V.K. Krishna Menon of India. His statement to the Security Council was given during three meetings on 23 and 24 January 1957. According to the times listed on the meeting records, the meetings lasted more than 8 hours.

The document “List of Speeches and Visits Made by Heads of State and Dignitaries” gives the length of speech or speech times for many statements made from 1945-1976.


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