Procedure of Selecting and Appointing the next UN Secretary-General

next SG selection photo

President Lykketoft has committed to running his Presidency in the most open and transparent manner possible. This also applies to the process of selecting and appointing the next United Nations Secretary-General.

The position of Secretary-General is one of great importance that requires the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, and a firm commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The President of the General Assembly and of the Security Council invite candidates to be presented with proven leadership and managerial abilities, extensive experience in international relations, and strong diplomatic, communication and multilingual skills.

Member States are invited to present candidates in a letter to the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Security Council.

The Presidents of the General Assembly and of the Security Council will jointly circulate to all Member States, on an ongoing basis, and publish on this webpage, the names of individuals that have been submitted for consideration.

More information: 

Selection procedure of next Secretary-General [15 Dec 2015]

Informal Dialogues and Civil Society Engagement with Candidates for next Secretary-General [25 Feb 2016]

The role of the Secretary-General

Appointment process & FAQ: Appointment process

Secretary General Selection – Informal Dialogues [29 Mar 2016]

Secretary-General Selection – Second round of Informal Dialogues [24 May 2016]

Consideration of candidacies for the position of next Secretary-General [15 June 2016]

Security Council Straw Polls on SG candidates [21 July 2016]


10 Civil Society Questions for All Candidates

10 Civil Society Questions

Videos on Selection Process for Next Secretary-General

Videos: Next Secretary-General

Candidates

The letters submitted by Member States following the procedure laid out in the joint letter of 15 December 2015 for presenting candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General will be published below.

NGLS process for civil society to ask questions for UNSG candidates

 

As part of a more open, transparent and inclusive selection and appointment process, UN-NGLS is facilitating a call for questions from civil society that can be asked of UN Secretary-General candidates during UN General Assembly dialogues with the candidates. The first round of dialogues with 9 candidates took place 12 – 14 April 2016. The second round of dialogues with 2 additional candidates took place with new candidates on 7 June.

UN-NGLS will also convene a civil society Committee through an application process to review all questions submitted and create a short-list of 30 questions for the Office of the President of the General Assembly to select from for inclusion in the General Assembly dialogues.

Civil society is invited to contribute questions via Twitter or Instagram using #UNSGcandidates, or send them in via an online form using the link above. During the dialogues, civil society questions will be asked via video.

Additionally all candidates are asked to answer the same 10 selected civil society questions, which can be found here: 10 civil society questions for all candidates

 

View the videos of civil society asking each of these candidates questions below.

Civil society questions for first round of informal dialogues (12 - 14 April 2016)

Civil society questions asked to candidate Igor Lukšić of Montenegro

Mabelly Guerrero – Dominican Republic
Global Citizen
http://bit.ly/MabellyGuerreroSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Archie Lappin (9 years old) – Thailand
http://bit.ly/ArchieLappinSGQuestionSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Irina Bokova of Bulgaria

Cosette Maiky – Lebanon
Lebanese American University – Faculty
http://bit.ly/CosetteMaikySGcandidateQuestionVideo

Caitlin Reid – Canada
Canadian International Council & World Blind Union
http://bit.ly/CaitlinReidSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Katie Busby (12 years old) – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Her teacher Ms. Sarah Maile had her whole class of 11 & 12 year olds at Sandbach High School in the UK submit questions, and Katie’s was chosen!
http://bit.ly/KatieBusby-SandbachHighSchoolUK-UNSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate António Guterres of Portugal

Tracey Whare – Australia
Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust & Maoi Law Society
http://bit.ly/TraceyWhareSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Malick Lingani – Burkina Farso
BEOG NEERE (A Better Future)
http://bit.ly/MalickLinganiSGcandidatesQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Danilo Türk of Slovenia

Rahul Kumar – India
Green Dream Earth
http://bit.ly/RahulKumarSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Daniela Rangel – Mexico
Gender Equity; Women’s Major Group
http://bit.ly/DanielaRangelSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Vesna Pusić of Republic of Croatia

Leonardo Buzzi (13 years old) – Brazil
Class project led by Cleiton Baldo (teacher)
Colégio Dom Bosco, Rio do Sul, Santa Catarina
http://bit.ly/LeonardoBuzziSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Sabin Muzaffar – United Arab Emirates
UN Women’s Empower Women Global Champion for Women Economic Empowerment & Ananke
http://bit.ly/SabinMuzaffarSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Celine Paramunda – India/United States 
Medical Mission Sisters
http://bit.ly/CelineParamundaSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Natalia Gherman of Republic of Moldova

Angelique Pouponneau – Seychelles
Commonwealth Youth Council
http://bit.ly/AngeliquePouponneauSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Harriet Ngendanabo – Uganda
Sightsavers
http://bit.ly/HarrietNgendanaboSGcandidateQuestionVideo

 

Civil society questions asked to candidate Vuk Jeremić of Republic of Serbia

Jane Alver – Australia  
WYCA Australia & Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at University of Canberra
http://bit.ly/JaneAlverSGcandidatesQuestionVideo

Jill Christianson – United States  
National Education Association & Education International
http://bit.ly/JillChristiansonSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Helen Clark of New Zealand

Wardarina – Indonesia  
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
http://bit.ly/WardarinaSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Alice Thomas – United States 
Refugees International
http://bit.ly/AliceThomasSGcandidatesQuestionVideo

Dr. Dalem Chandra Barman – Bangladesh
ASA University Bangladesh
http://bit.ly/DalemChandraBarmanSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Srgjan Kerim of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Lakpa Nuri Sherpa – Nepal
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
http://bit.ly/LakpaNuriSherpaSGcandidateQuestionVideo

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma – Burkina Faso  
Abze Solar
http://bit.ly/PrincessAbzeDjigmaSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Letícia Meyer (14 years old) – Brazil
Class project led by teacher Cleiton Baldo
Colégio Dom Bosco, Rio do Sul
http://bit.ly/LeticiaMeyerSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions for second round of informal dialogues (7 June 2016)

Civil society questions asked to candidate Susana Malcorra of Argentina

Joanna Manganara – Greece
International Alliance of Women
http://bit.ly/JoannaManganaraSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Lidija Vuckovic – Serbia
Center for Human Rights
http://bit.ly/LidijaVuckovicSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Ilya Bañares – Philippines / China
Student
http://bit.ly/IlyaBanaresSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Miroslav Lajčak of Slovenia

Netsai Mushonga – Zimbabwe
http://bit.ly/NetsaiMushongaSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Dusan Jasovsky – Sweden

ReAct, Action on Antibiotic Resistance
http://bit.ly/DusanJasovskySGcandidateQuestionVideo

Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls – Fiji
FemLink Pacific
http://bit.ly/SharonBhagwan-RollsSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil Society Committee Members

Civil Society Committee Members

Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu – A World at School – Cameroon
Kate Lappin – Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) – Australia
Kashmiri Stec – AYUDH – Poland
Parsu Ram Rai – Blue Diamond Society – Nepal
Sabine Saliba – Child Rights International Network – Lebanon
Olumide Idowu – Climate Wednesday – Nigeria
Melina Lito – Equality Now  – Albania
Volker Lehmann – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – NY / Germany
Leonardo Párraga – Fundación BogotArt – Colombia
Mohammad Hassan    Mashori – Fundamental Human Rights & Rural Development Association FHRRDA – Pakistan
Peter van Tuijl – Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)    Netherlands
Mark Ross – Global Youth Movement – Guyana  – Guyana
Angela Muthama – Human Rights and Information Forum  – Kenya
Ben Homer – Innovation & Planning Agency – Austria / USA
Sandra Creamer – International Indigenous Womens Forum – Australia
Eleanor Openshaw – International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) – UK
Pefi Kingi – PACIFICWIN – New Zealand
Federica D’Alessandra – Public International Law & Policy Group    Italy
Hugh Dugan – Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy, Center for UN and Global Governance Studies – USA
Kirthi Jayakumar – The Red Elephant Foundation – India
Eleanor Blomstrom – Women’s Environment and Development Organization – USA INGO
Ritah Muyambo – World YWCA – Zimbabwe

All videos on next Secretary-General selection process:

Videos: Next Secretary-General

Civil society questions for first round of informal dialogues (12 - 14 April 2016)

Civil society questions asked to candidate Igor Lukšić of Montenegro

Mabelly Guerrero – Dominican Republic
Global Citizen


 Archie Lappin (9 years old) – Thailand

Civil society questions asked to candidate Irina Bokova of Bulgaria

Cosette Maiky – Lebanon
Lebanese American University – Faculty
http://bit.ly/CosetteMaikySGcandidateQuestionVideo

Caitlin Reid – Canada
Canadian International Council & World Blind Union
http://bit.ly/CaitlinReidSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Katie Busby (12 years old) – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Her teacher Ms. Sarah Maile had her whole class of 11 & 12 year olds at Sandbach High School in the UK submit questions, and Katie’s was chosen!
http://bit.ly/KatieBusby-SandbachHighSchoolUK-UNSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate António Guterres of Portugal

Tracey Whare – Australia
Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust & Maoi Law Society
http://bit.ly/TraceyWhareSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Malick Lingani – Burkina Farso
BEOG NEERE (A Better Future)
http://bit.ly/MalickLinganiSGcandidatesQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Danilo Türk of Slovenia

Rahul Kumar – India
Green Dream Earth
http://bit.ly/RahulKumarSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Daniela Rangel – Mexico
Gender Equity; Women’s Major Group
http://bit.ly/DanielaRangelSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Vesna Pusić of Republic of Croatia

Leonardo Buzzi (13 years old) – Brazil
Class project led by Cleiton Baldo (teacher)
Colégio Dom Bosco, Rio do Sul, Santa Catarina
http://bit.ly/LeonardoBuzziSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Sabin Muzaffar – United Arab Emirates
UN Women’s Empower Women Global Champion for Women Economic Empowerment & Ananke
http://bit.ly/SabinMuzaffarSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Celine Paramunda – India/United States 
Medical Mission Sisters
http://bit.ly/CelineParamundaSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Natalia Gherman of Republic of Moldova

Angelique Pouponneau – Seychelles
Commonwealth Youth Council
http://bit.ly/AngeliquePouponneauSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Harriet Ngendanabo – Uganda
Sightsavers
http://bit.ly/HarrietNgendanaboSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Vuk Jeremić of Republic of Serbia

Jane Alver – Australia  
WYCA Australia & Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at University of Canberra
http://bit.ly/JaneAlverSGcandidatesQuestionVideo

Jill Christianson – United States  
National Education Association & Education International
http://bit.ly/JillChristiansonSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Helen Clark of New Zealand

Wardarina – Indonesia  
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
http://bit.ly/WardarinaSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Alice Thomas – United States 
Refugees International
http://bit.ly/AliceThomasSGcandidatesQuestionVideo

Dr. Dalem Chandra Barman – Bangladesh
ASA University Bangladesh
http://bit.ly/DalemChandraBarmanSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Civil society questions asked to candidate Srgjan Kerim of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Lakpa Nuri Sherpa – Nepal
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
http://bit.ly/LakpaNuriSherpaSGcandidateQuestionVideo

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma – Burkina Faso  
Abze Solar
http://bit.ly/PrincessAbzeDjigmaSGcandidateQuestionVideo

Letícia Meyer (14 years old) – Brazil
Class project led by teacher Cleiton Baldo
Colégio Dom Bosco, Rio do Sul
http://bit.ly/LeticiaMeyerSGcandidateQuestionVideo

 

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