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.
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