Outcome of UN Security Council straw polls

This page tracks the positions of UN Secretary-General candidates following each set of 'straw polls' carried out by the UN Security Council.  Click here to find out how the Security Council straw polls work.

Straw poll six - 5 October 2016

All 15 members of the UN Security Council attended a press conference at the UN on 5 October to announce that António Guterres will be the Council's recommendation to the General Assembly for appointment as Secretary-General.  Mr Guterres, who has been in pole position throughout the race, received 13 'encourages', no 'discourages' and 2 'no opinion' ballots in the sixth straw poll.

The Security Council President, Russian ambassador Churkin, stated he hoped the Council would agree formally tomorrow by acclamation at 10 am (New York time).

Full results


Straw poll five - 26 September 2016

The results of straw poll 5 are in the chart below - click here for our analysis.  For the results of all straw polls to date, please see the second chart.   

Results of Security Council straw polls 1 - 5