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News of a new candidate, Kristalina Georgieva, to the UN Secretary-General race raises concerns that all candidates should undergo scrutiny by the public and wider UN membership, as the reformed selection process is implemented for the first time.
The UN Security Council held its fifth round of straw polls on 26 September to determine which candidate it will put forward to replace Ban Ki-moon as the next Secretary-General.
The UN Security Council held its fourth round of straw polls on 9 September to determine which candidate it will put forward to replace Ban Ki-moon as the next Secretary-General.
This latest round saw the former Prime Minister of Portugal and former head of the UN Refugee Agency, Antόnio Guterres, maintain his lead for the fourth time running.
On Friday, the Council held its second round of “straw polls”– an informal process used to reveal the leading contenders in the race for Secretary-General. Find out how the candidates fared.
On 21 July, the Security Council held its first meeting to discuss its recommendation for the next UN Secretary-General. In this first round of straw polls, António Guterres and Danilo Türk emerged as the early front-runners.
Ten candidates vying for the position of UN Secretary-General will take part in the first ever televised debate on Tuesday 12 July, broadcast by Al Jazeera. Worldwide audiences will be given an unprecedented opportunity to watch the debate live, as candidates set out their visions for a stronger United Nations, capable of addressing the world's most pressing issues - from civil wars and terrorism, to climate change and forced migration.
Staff members of UN Departments, Funds, Programmes and Agencies have expressed their views on the type of Secretary-General that will help them continue to deliver the best possible implementation of the UN Charter and the mandates set by UN member states. The open letter below is available for signature by all UN staff members.
Next month, the Security Council will officially begin to consider candidates for UN Secretary-General. In a letter to the President of the General Assembly, the Security Council announced that it will hold its first “straw poll” on 21 July.
On 7 June, the General Assembly convened for a second round of 'informal dialogues' with candidates to be the next Secretary-General. Two newly declared candidates participated in the dialogues: Miroslav Lajčák (Slovakia) and Susana Malcorra (Argentina).