As delivered Opening remarks by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at New York Philharmonic concert to pay tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and welcome Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres 14 October 2016 Secretary-General, Secretary-General-designate, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, We are gathered for today’s concert in honour of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, […]
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Concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in honour of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Secretary-General-designate António Guterres
As delivered Remarks by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at Oath of Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations 12 December 2016 Secretary-General, Secretary-General-designate, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome Secretary-General-designate, His Excellency, Antonio Guterres, to take […]
Check against delivery Statement by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at informal dialogue with the Secretary-General-Designate, António Guterres 19 October 2016 Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, Just one week ago we brought to a successful conclusion the most transparent and inclusive process for selecting and […]
Informal meeting with the Secretary-General-designate António Guterres in the ECOSOC chamber on 19 October from 3-5PM EST.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for early interaction between the Secretary-General-designate and Member States to assist in his preparation for office.
All Member States and groups will be welcome to speak. Consequently, interventions should be brief and not exceed three minutes, with four minutes allocated to groups. All interested delegations are encouraged to inscribe with the list of speakers in the General Assembly Affairs Branch.
In line with the commitments of transparency and inclusivity of the President of the UN General Assembly, the meeting will be webcast and open to stakeholders, including civil society.
Statement by Mr. António Guterres on his appointment by the General Assembly to the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations 13 October 2016 Mr. President of the General Assembly, Mr. Secretary-General, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, When I heard the Security Council’s decision to recommend me to the General Assembly, my feelings could be described by […]
Remarks of H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly after Appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations 13 October 2016 Mr. Secretary-General, Mr. Secretary-General-Designate, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Today is indeed a momentous one. Since 1946, the General Assembly has taken action on the appointment of […]
Remarks of H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly on Adoption of General Assembly Resolution A/71/L.4 regarding appointment of the UN Secretary-General In connection with the recommendation of the Security Council, the General Assembly has before it a draft resolution submitted as document A/71/L.4. This draft was prepared […]
Appointment of the Secretary-General under agenda item 113
On the recommendation of its General Committee, the General Assembly decided to include on the agenda of its current session an item on the “appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations”, paving the way for the 192-member body to take up that issue before the expiration of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s first term of office on 31 December.
The Assembly included that issue under its “Organizational, administrative and other matters” heading as item 163 and decided to consider it directly in plenary.
Also on the General Committee’s recommendation, the Assembly included a sub-item on the “Appointment of ad litem judges of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal” under its agenda item 113, covering appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs, and other appointments, which it would consider also directly in plenary. Both recommendations were contained in the General Committee’s third report (document A/65/250/Add.2).
The United Nations Secretary-General is elected by Member States under a process outlined in Article 97 of the United Nations Charter, upon nomination by the Security Council. A number of General Assembly resolutions complement the Charter’s provisions, including resolution 11/1 (1946), which set the Secretary-General’s term of office at five years (renewable), established that a single nominee be recommended to the Assembly by the Security Council, and outlined that a simple majority would be necessary for the appointment, unless the Assembly itself decided to require a two-thirds majority.