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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.
In a letter released yesterday, 1 for 7 Billion called on P5 members to identify themselves during a formal ballot should their negative vote prevent an otherwise successful candidate for the position of UN Secretary-General receiving the minimum number of nine positive votes - the threshold necessary for endorsement as the Security Council’s preferred choice.
On Tuesday 3 October, Bulgaria's candidate for UN Secretary-General, Kristalina Georgieva, took part in an "informal dialogue" with the UN General Assembly. Having spearheaded a more open, inclusive process, the 1 for 7 Billion campaign welcomes Ms Georgieva's engagement with the wider UN membership - an unprecedented addition to this year's selection process.
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).
The 1 for 7 Billion campaign has written to all members of the UN Security Council calling for a transparent and timely selection process, as the Council begins discussing candidates for the role of UN Secretary-General later this month.
The Secretary-General's most important constituency is the world's seven billion citizens. By publicising candidates' background, statements and stated intentions with regard to civil society in an impartial manner we aim to contribute to civil society discussions about finding the best UN Secretary-General.
One World Trust has provided 1 for 7 Billion with a series of briefings on the UN Secretary-General selection process. The four briefings are written by scholars from around the world who are members of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), with a view to making the appointment process more open, inclusive and accountable
Over 2,000 tickets are now on sale for the largest ever public debate with UN Secretary-General candidates.Organised by our co-founder UNA-UK and partners, the event marks a historic departure from the secretive process that has characterised the UN leader's selection for the past seven decades.
On 25-28 April, 1 for 7 Billion is attending International Civil Society Week 2016 (ICSW) in Bogotá – one of the world’s largest civil society gatherings comprising almost 1,000 delegates from 109 countries.
As Ban Ki-Moon prepares to step down this year, a group of six non-governmental organizations headed by Amnesty International has launched a human rights agenda for his successor.
The 1 for 7 Billion campaign was delighted to see UN Secretary-General candidates take part in the first-ever hearings for this important job. Our campaign has pushed for an open, inclusive and merit-based selection process, with opportunities for candidates to engage with all UN member states and the wider public.
A summary of the key themes of this week's hearings with candidates in the General Assembly, with an emphasis on the qualities and skills required of the Secretary-General, as well as 1 for 7 Billion's campaign proposals.
Thursday 14 April: live from the General Assembly, New York
Commentary picking up on statements pertinent to 1 for 7 Billion's campaign proposals from Srgjan Kerim's informal dialogue at the General Assembly and from the media stakeout afterwards.
Thursday 14 April: live from the General Assembly, New York
Commentary picking up on statements pertinent to 1 for 7 Billion's campaign proposals from Helen Clark's informal dialogue at the General Assembly and from the media stakeout afterwards.