Changes to Selection Process of Next UN Secretary-General Underway
March 8, 2016  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

UN FlagThe new election process for the next UN Secretary-General has been called “historic and game-changing”  by the General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft. This is because, for the first time, the selection process will involve an open, informal conversation between candidates and the membership of the organization.

In a letter to all member states, Mr. Lykketoft explains,

“These meetings will provide candidates with an opportunity to present their candidatures and Member States with an opportunity to ask questions and interact with them […] The informal dialogues or meetings will be as open and transparent as possible, with the considerable interest from the global public and civil society being duly kept in mind.”

The details about the format of the meetings can be found in the annex of the letter. Interestingly, the informal dialogues will also involve 1-2 representatives of civil society who “will be given the floor, time permitting.” The first meetings with the current 6 candidates for the position will start in mid-April.

In a nutshell, the process starts with the nomination of candidates by their home countries. Then, the Security Council recommends one candidate to the General Assembly, which will then appoint the Secretary-General according to article 97 of the UN Charter.

The new Secretary-General takes office on January 1st, 2017.

About the Author :

Gabriela Bueno is a PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a research associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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