For the first time, a president of the General Assembly of the United Nations has met with the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Csaba Korosi met with President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City on May 16, reported ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was also in the meeting with Korosi, who has been serving as General Assembly president since June 2022.
During the historic visit to Temple Square, the Hungarian-born Korosi also went to the FamilySearch Library, where he learned more about the Church’s vast family history resources and did some research to learn more about his own ancestors.
The Church and United Nations
The Church has contributed substantially to the humanitarian efforts of the United Nations for many years, working with U.N. relief agencies in countries around the world.
For example, the Church gave $32 million to the United Nations World Food Programme last year and donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help with the refugee crisis in Ukraine.
In addition to supporting humanitarian efforts, several Church leaders have spoken on U.N. panel discussions over the years in New York City and Geneva, Switzerland.
The United Nations came to Salt Lake City for the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference in August 2019, with the Church as one of the conference sponsors and accredited partners.
The Church maintains government relations offices in Geneva and New York City. Church representatives serve on committees for nongovernmental organizations and maintain relationships with leaders of the United Nations.