With 9 candidates for next UN Secretary General, the UN is aiming for more transparency in the process.
This week the UN had a first. The 9 candidates that for now aspire to become the next Secretary General had 2 televised and webcast hours to present their proposals on sustainable development, peace efforts, protection of human rights and the humanitarian crisis.
The candidates responded about 800 hundred questions from the Representatives from the Member states and the public's question which were submitted through social media under the hashtag #UNSGcandidates.
UN General Assembly President Morgens Lykketoft said almost every country was represented in the audience during this opportunity.
This is unprecedented in UN history as previous selection of the first 8 Secretary General has been mostly behind doors.
Lykketoft said to the press:
“For the first time in this Organization’s 70-year history, the process for selecting and appointing the next Secretary General is being genuinely guided by principles of transparency and inclusivity and the dialogues that we are beginning today are at the very core of this change"
This resonates with the 1 for 7 billion campaign signed by over 750 organizations which aims to find the best replacement to Secretary General Ban Ki moon. Also, the strive for a female Secretary General remains as 4 of the 9 candidates are women.
But other concerns the process is having it the candidatures of Helen Clarck who is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and current head of the UN Development Programme and Antonio Gutierres Portuguese ex-Prime Minister and former UN HIgh Comissioner for Refugees.
This undermines the claim for next UN Secretary General to be from Eastern Europe under the system of traditional geographical rotation.
Lykketoft also remarked the characteristics for the ideal candidate: "contact with the global public opinion and authority to call to the major and minor powers, particularly in the Security Council, to act timely."
So far the candidates apart from Gutierres and Clark are:
Igor Luksic, current Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro.
Irina Bokova, current Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), nominated by Bulgaria.
Danilo Türk, former President of Slovenia.
Vesna Pusi?, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and First Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia.
Natalia Gherman, former first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova.
Vuk Jeremic, President of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly and a former Foreign Minister of Serbia.
Srgjan Kerim, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and was thePresident of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly.