UN New Secretary-general Will Be Vetted By The General Assembly

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United Nations has dropped her secrecy stand in contest for next secretary-general and adopted a transparent process where it allows for questioning of candidates but backroom deal could still prevail, according to Aljazeera.com.

For the first time in history of the United Nations, all member states will get a chance to question the candidates for secretary-general, in a move designed to make the usually secret selection process for the world’s top diplomatic post more transparent.

The eight hopefuls for one of the world’s most high-profile jobs will also hold town hall meetings with the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and they will each pitch their credentials and then answer questions in a two-hour session.

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Last year, the General Assembly responded to a demand from many countries that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s successor be chosen in a more open process, unanimously adopting a resolution allowing public hearings on how candidates would respond to global crises and run the United Nations far-flung bureaucracy.

The search for a successor to Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister who will step down at the end of the year after two five-year terms has also prompted a push by more than a quarter of UN states for the first female leader.

While the 15-member Security Council will formally recommend a candidate to the 193-member General Assembly, the General Assembly vote has long been seen as a rubber stamp.


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