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Over two thirds of UN member states have called on the General Assembly to start consolidating the major improvements achieved in the run-up to the 2016 selection of the Secretary-General that made the process more open, transparent and inclusive and to institutionalise lessons learned.
Member States praised the historic advances in openness and transparency achieved in the process to select the new Secretary-General. They called for consolidating, institutionalising and strengthening new good practices, and to act while there is momentum.
Security Council Report has released its third and final Research Report on the recent Secretary-General selection process. The report provides a comprehensive account of developments in the Security Council and General Assembly from the beginning to the end of the proces
Four of the founding members of the campaign have collected a range of proposals from 1 for 7 Billion's global network urging Secretary-General Guterres to build a more inclusive UN
UN Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres, has backed 1 for 7 Billion’s calls for strong civil society engagement with the United Nations at an informal meeting of the General Assembly.UN Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres, has backed 1 for 7 Billion’s calls for strong civil society engagement with the United Nations at an informal meeting of the General Assembly.
On 19 October, Secretary-General-designate António Guterres, "in listening mode," met with the UN General Assembly during an informal meeting of the plenary in preparation for his assumption of office. William Pace of the World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy presented the following statement on behalf of the 1 for 7 Billion campaign.
On 13 October, the General Assembly appointed António Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General by acclamation.Every speaker - including the President of the General Assembly, the current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and representatives of all five UN regions - praised this year’s selection process as the most transparent, principled and merit-based appointment of the UN Secretary-General in the 70-year history of the United Nations.
A few hours after the Security Council announced its decision to recommend António Guterres to be the next UN Secretary-General on 5 October, a 1 for 7 Billion delegation met the new President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson.
António Guterres has been announced as the “clear favourite” for Secretary-General by the UN Security Council, according to Council President Vitaly Churkin. It is expected that a resolution to recommend Mr Guterres for the post will be agreed on by acclamation in the Security Council tomorrow at 10am EST.