UN Secretary-General Candidates to Have Open Debate
March 31, 2016  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

united-nations1For the first time in history, the UN Secretary-General candidates will openly compete with one another for the post. What is historically a somewhat closed election process involving General Assembly nominations and Security Council approval is now going to be a much more transparent process. This is significant because the United Nations has suffered from criticisms that it has a democratic deficit and operates in too opaque of a manner. Open debate and selection of the organization’s top administration addresses some of these concerns. In two publicized events, the candidates will field questions from GA delegates and civil society members.

The first major election event will take place on April 13th, from 7-8:30pm in Civic Hall in New York City. Dubbed, “Meet the Candidates,” the candidates will publicly outline their visions for the future of the United Nations. This event will be the first of two debates, with candidates engaging with one another on issues such as climate change, extremism, and global health. Tickets are free and available here.  It is unclear at the moment whether the event will be broadcast online for internet viewers. If we come across that information we will post it on our site. To read more about this significant change, click here.

About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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