28 April 2015
On the 27th of April, 2015, member states of the United Nations held a thematic debate on the appointment procedures for the UN Secretary-General and other executive heads. The meeting was part of the negotiation process of the "Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the General Assembly," which is expected to result in a General Assembly resolution this September.
Click here to view WFM-IGP's unofficial record of the debate. The record, as well as the following summary, have been compiled from a combination of observer and participant accounts. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if we have incorrectly described a government's position.
1 for 7 Billion Campaign Launches Letter to All UN Member States on the Appointment of the Next Secretary-GeneralDocuments
16 April 2015
As part of the 1 for 7 Billion: Find the Best UN Leader civil society campaign, the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy sent a letter to all UN member states yesterday calling on UN member states to advocate for a "fair, open and inclusive process" to appoint the UN Secretary-General. The next Secretary-General will be appointed next year.
The letter asks member states to consider specific reforms--such as public hearings with candidates for Secretary-General, the recommendation of more than one candidate by the Security Council to the General Assembly, and consideration of a single, non-renewable term for the Secretary-General-- and urges member states to speak in favor of these proposals at an upcoming thematic debate on the procedures of appointment for the UN Secretary-General and other Executive Heads, which will be held on April 27th at UN Headquarters.
In a note dated 28 January 2015, the Secretary-General announced the date of elections to be held for 14 new members of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund. The elections will take place on the 8th to the 10th of April, 2015.
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. ...