6 December 2013
In a special election held to fill one of the non-permament seats on the UN Security Council that was left vacant last month when Saudi Arabia refused its election to the Council, the General Assembly voted to elect Jordan to the Security Council for a two-year term beginning on 1 January 2014. Jordan received 178 of the 179 valid ballot votes, well surpassing the required two-thirds majority. The 179th vote went to Saudi Arabia.
New York, May 2012
The Secretary-General of the United Nations has announced the vacancy for the post of the Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide. The official announcement is included below, and can also be found online here. As part of our campaign, we reiterate that the selection and recruitment process should be transparent and merit-based.
Press Release - Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Addresses the General Assembly on Eve of Second Term - January 25, 2012UN Secretary-General – Government Statements
This past week, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addressed the United Nations General Assembly, to mark the commencement of his second term as Secretary General. Ban Ki-Moon’s speech correlated with the publication and distribution of the 2012 Action Agenda, in which the UNDP outlined its plans for the next five years. Ban Ki-Moon laid out five key areas for progress in 2012. These included, 1) sustainable development, 2) preventing conflicts and disasters, 3) building a safer and more secure world, 4) supporting nations in transition, and 5) working for women and young people. In addition to describing these five areas, the Secretary General outlined new up-and-coming challenges that the world currently faces, including overpopulation, economic uncertainty, and environmental catastrophes. He warns, “Our current model of progress is unsustainable.” In order to counter these disasters, and achieve a healthy mode of sustainable development, Ban Ki-Moon proceeded to highlight various issues within the 2012 Action Agenda.
The Small Five Group is a likeminded group that has put forth recommendations for Security Council reform, mainly on the Working Methods of the Security Council. Compromised of Switzerland, Costa Rica, Jordan, Liechtenstein and Singapore, the Small Five Group (S5) has presented various draft resolutions since 2008 calling for Security Council reform.
The most recent S5 draft resolution was released in April 2011. Ultimately, the April 2011 S5 resolution advocates for the reform of the Security Council’s “working methods.” By this, the S5 group meant that greater transparency must be practiced in formulating reports and working papers within the Security Council. Other issues discussed included membership; the question of veto power; and questions regarding the relationship between the Security Council and the General Assembly.
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the coordinating body for the economic and social work of UN agencies and funds. It is the principle organ coordinating economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. With this purview, the council extends control over more than 70% of the UN’s revenue. More specifically, ECOSOC provides policy recommendations for specific committees in regards to:
Background: Security Council
The Security Council is one of the main organs of the United Nations, and consists of 15 members: 5 permanent members and 10 non-permanent members. The 5 permanent members (China, Russia, France, UK, and the United States) all hold the power to veto any resolutions put forth. The other 10 non-permanent members have the power to put forth and vote on resolutions. These other members hold their seats for two years, and one group of five is rotated every year. The Security Council elections are a critical moment in the United Nations, as member-states are given the opportunity to vote on and pass the most critical resolutions in the United Nations.
...You have asked me often about my intentions for the future. This morning, I sent a letter to the membership of the General Assembly and the Security Council, offering, humbly, myself for consideration for a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations. It has been an enormous privilege to lead this great Organization.
If supported by the Members States, I would be deeply honoured to serve once more. ...
Election of the members of the International Law Commission - Note by the Secretary-General, 66th session of the General Assembly
The term of office of the thirty-four members of the International Law Commission for the 2007-2011 quinquennium expires at the end of 2011. The election of the members of the Commission for a five-year term beginning on 1 January 2012 (until 31 December 2016) will take place at the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly, in late 2011. ...
The IMF has committed itself to ending European dominance of selection of its managing director, and introducing an open, merit-based and transparent process. This paper sets out the three key elements to ensuring a successful process next time: a focus on selecting the best candidate available; a clear, fair, and transparent process; and the legitimacy gained from the backing of a majority of countries as well as IMF voting shares. ...