Civil Society Initiatives

 

1 for 7 Billion: Find the Best UN Leader  is the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy's latest campaign. WFM-IGP and its NGO partners around the world are calling for reform of the selection process for the UN Secretary-General by 2016, to ensure that the next Secretary-General is chosen in a way that is fair, transparent, and merit-based.  

The campaign has been well-received in the media, with articles by the New York Times, the Guardian, and Foreign Policy .  Edward Mortimer, the director of communications under former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, has written an editorial  at OpenDemocracy.net.  

For more information about this initiative, please visit the campaign's website at 1for7billion.org, or visit its Facebook and Twitter pages.   

  Since 2007, UNElections.org has monitored high-level elections and appointments at the United Nations in order to enhance their transparency to the public.  However, UNElections.org is just one of the ways that WFM-IGP works to improve elections at the UN.  Some of our earlier actions include: 

  • UNSGselection.org campaign to reform the selection process for the UN Secretary-General in 2006
  • Letter to Ban Ki-Moon, 8 December 2006
  • Letter to the Eastern European group on the selection of the President of the General Assembly, as well as meeting with the Russian delegation
  • Letter to Latin American and Caribbean group on the selection of the President of the General Assembly
  • Letter on competitive elections for members of the Human Rights Council