Candidates and speculation

The 1 for 7 Billion campaign calls for a selection process that will find the best person for the job, irrespective of gender, region or background.  To this end we are calling on governments, parliaments and civil society to put forward highly qualified candidates.

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We have written to all official candidates, urging them to commit to making the process as open as possible; to present publicly their vision and objectives; to refrain from reserving key senior positions for certain member states; and to participate actively in hearings with states and civil society. We also encourage candidates to commit to serve a single, non-renewable term of office. Responses to our letter to candidates will be published on this page as they are received.

The 1 for 7 Billion campaign does not endorse or take a position on individual candidates for the role of UN Secretary-General but lists official candidates that have been confirmed by the President of the General Assembly and prospective candidates who have been named in the press. We also strive to provide objective information about the candidates' remarks, such as our summary of the General Assembly's informal dialogues with candidates in April 2016.  

Confirmed candidates

The following list comprises official candidacies that have been announced by the President of the General Assembly.

UN Photo/Mark Garten

Irina Bokova

State: Bulgaria

Position: Director-General of UNESCO

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 11 February 2016

View Irina Bokova's CV

View Irina Bokova's Vision Statement

View Irina Bokova's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

 

 

 

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Helen Clark

State: New Zealand

Position: Administrator of the UNDP, former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 4 April 2016

View Helen Clark's CV

View Helen Clark's Vision Statement

View Helen Clark's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

View Helen Clark's reply to 1 for 7 Billion's letter

Candidate's campaign tools: website | twitter | facebook

 

 

 

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Christiana Figueres

State: Costa Rica

Position: Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 7 July 2016

View Christiana Figueres's CV

View Christiana Figueres's Vision Statement

View Christiana Figueres's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

Candidate's campaign tools: website | twitter

 

 

 

UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Natalia Gherman

State: Moldova

Position: Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Moldova

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 19 February 2016

View Natalia Gherman's CV

View Natalia Gherman's Vision Statement

View Natalia Gherman's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

Candidate's campaign tools: twitter

 

 

 

UN Photo/Mark Garten

António Guterres

State: Portugal

Position: Former UN High Commissioner for Refugees and former Prime Minister of Portugal

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 29 February 2016

View António Guterres's CV

View António Guterres's Vision Statement

View António Guterres's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

Candidate's campaign tools: website

 

 

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Vuk Jeremić

State: Serbia

Position: President of the Centre for International Relations and Sustainable Development, former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 12 April 2016

View Vuk Jeremić's CV

View Vuk Jeremić's Vision Statement

View Vuk Jeremić's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

Candidate's campaign tools: twitter

 

 

UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Srgjan Kerim

State: Macedonia

Position: Former Foreign Minister and former President of the United Nations General Assembly

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 15 December 2015

View Srgjan Kerim's CV

View Srgjan Kerim's Vision Statement

View Srgjan Kerim's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

Candidate's campaign tools: website | linked in

 

 

UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Miroslav Lajčák

State: Slovakia

Position: Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 27 May 2016

View Miroslav Lajčák's CV

View Miroslav Lajčák's Vision Statement

View Miroslav Lajčák's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

Candidate's campaign tools: twitter

 

 

UN Photo/Rick Majornas

Susana Malcorra

State: Argentina

Position: Minister of Foreign Affairs

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 23 May 2016

View Susana Malcorra's CV

View Susana Malcorra's Vision Statement

View Susana Malcorra's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

Candidate's campaign tools: website |twitter

 

 

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Danilo Türk

State: Slovenia

Position: Chair of the Global Fairness Initiative, former President of Slovenia

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 9 February 2016

View Danilo Türk's CV

View Danilo Türk's Vision Statement

View Danilo Türk's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

Candidate's campaign tools: twitter

Withdrawn

The following list comprises individuals who have previously been confirmed by the President of the General Assembly as official candidates for Secretary-General, but who have since withdrawn from the selection process. 

Prospective candidates named in the press and elsewhere

The following comprises a list of individuals whose candidacies (as far as we are aware) have not been officially acknowledged by the President of the General Assembly.  It has been collated objectively using online news articles.  Those listed should not be considered as potential candidates beyond the realms of speculation and hearsay. 

UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Igor Lukšić

State: Montenegro

Position: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 15 January 2016

Candidacy withdrawn on 23 August 2016

View Igor Lukšić's CV

View Igor Lukšić's Vision Statement

View Igor Lukšić's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

View Igor Lukšić's reply to 1 for 7 Billion's letter

Candidate's campaign tools: twitter

 

 

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Vesna Pusić

State: Croatia

Position: Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Candidacy announced by the President of the General Assembly on 14 January 2016

Candidacy withdrawn on 4 August 2016

View Vesna Pusić's CV

View Vesna Pusić's Vision Statement

View Vesna Pusić's Informal Dialogue with the General Assembly

View 1 for 7 Billion's Live Commentary from the Informal Dialogue

View Vesna Pusić's reply to 1 for 7 Billion's letter

Candidate's campaign tools: website | twitter | facebook | instagram

 

 

UN Photo/Marco Castro

János Áder

State: Hungary

Position: President

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Michelle Bachelet

State: Chile

Position: President of Chile, former Head of UN Women

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Alicia Bárcena Ibarra

State: Mexico

Position: United Nations Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

José Manuel Barroso

State: Portugal

Position: Former President of the European Commission

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Marco Castro

Carl Bildt

State: Sweden

Position: Foreign Minister

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Michelle Poiré

Mircea Geoană

State: Romania

Position: Former President of the Senate

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Kristalina Georgieva

State: Bulgaria

Position: EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Ryan Brown

Dalia Grybauskaitė

State: Lithuania

Position: President

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Rebeca Grynspan

State: Costa Rica

Position: Secretary General of SEGIB, Ibero-American Secretary General, former UN Under-Secretary-General

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

María Ángela Holguín

State: Colombia

Position: Foreign Minister

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Ryan Brown

Ján Kubiš

State: Slovakia

Position: Head of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), SRSG

Source: click here for further information

 

 

 

 

UN Photo/Aliza Eliazarov

Angela Merkel

State: Germany

Position: Chancellor

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Mark Garten

Amina Mohammed

State: Nigeria

Position: UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on post-2015 Development Planning

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Ryan Brown

Romano Prodi

State: Italy

Position: Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Sahel, former Prime Minister of Italy

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Dilma Rousseff

State: Brazil

Position: President

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Mark Garten

Kevin Rudd

State: Australia

Position: Former Prime Minister

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Radek Sikorski

State: Poland

Position: Marshal of the Sejm, former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Source: click here for further information

 

 

UN Photo/Mark Garten

Alexander Stubb

State: Finland

Position: Prime Minister

Source: click here for further information


Please note, this page does not represent an official or definitive list of candidates for the position of UN Secretary-General and should be considered for information purposes only.  Whilst we review this page regularly, we are unable to guarantee that the information is accurate and up to date. Names on this page are listed in alphabetical order.