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Issue 144 - July 2 - New Leadership at UNFCCC – Figueres Takes Office Next Week

New York, July 2, 2010 - The United Nations' new head for climate change negotiations takes office in Bonn, Germany next week. Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica, who succeeds Yvo de Boer of the Netherlands, was selected in May in a process featuring competition and a greater level of formality than in other recent appointments, but which also was kept largely confidential. She is the first person from a developing country to hold the position of Executive Secretary. The appointment of a woman also has been noted and welcomed

Issue 143 - June 10 - Recent Developments: GA President Elections Tomorrow, Start Date for ASG Šimonović, Three New SRSGs

New York, June 10, 2010 - A number of developments are taking place on UN elections and appointments. The General Assembly will meet to elect the President of its 65th Session tomorrow (Friday), June 11. The incoming Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, will take up the post on July 20. And Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed three special representatives to UN missions in Africa this week.

GA to Elect Next President Tomorrow

The UN General Assembly will meet tomorrow (Friday), June 11, to elect the President of its 65th Session. Joseph Deiss of Switzerland is expected to be elected. Deiss was chosen as the candidate of the Group of Western European and Other States (WEOG) in December 2009.

Issue 142 - June 1 - Candidates for UNSG in 2011?

New York, June 1, 2010 - In approximately a year and a half (October 2011), UN Member States will either renew Ban Ki-moon's five-year term as Secretary-General or appoint someone new to the post.

Various scenarios of how that decision could unfold are described below, including individuals who reportedly may be potential candidates to replace Secretary-General Ban.

Potential Candidates

Three current or former heads of state - Lula da Silva of Brazil, Kevin Rudd of Australia, and Helen Clark of New Zealand - are rumored to be potential candidates for UN Secretary-General.

Issue 141 - May 27 - General Assembly Expected to Elect Joseph Deiss as President on June 11

New York, May 27, 2010 - The UN General Assembly will meet on Friday, June 11, to elect the President of its 65th Session. Joseph Deiss of Switzerland is expected to be elected. Deiss was chosen as the candidate of the Group of Western European and Other States (WEOG) in December 2009. 

Deiss has served as the Federal Councillor for Switzerland's Department of Foreign Affairs, during which time he led the accession of Switzerland to the UN.

The post of GA President rotates between the five UN regional groups. The region whose turn it is identifies a nominee, putting forward just one name to the General Assembly. The GA, then, elects the person, typically by acclamation (i.e. without a vote).

Issue 140 - May 13 - Fourteen Candidates for HRC Unchallenged in Elections Today, Libya Receives Fewest Votes

New York, May 13, 2010 - The UN General Assembly this morning elected 14 members of the Human Rights Council for the term 2010-2013. In one round of voting, States elected the declared candidates, all of which were uncontested in their regions. This was the first time since the Council's founding that all five UN regions presented non-competitive "clean slates" of the same number of candidates as seats available.

Only one GA member wrote in the name of a non-candidate instead of a declared candidate. Peru received one vote in the Latin America and Caribbean election.

Issue 139 - May 12 - (Corrected) Five Clean Slates in HRC Elections Tomorrow, NGOs Call for Libya’s Rejection

NB: This update's section on "Civil Society Efforts" has been corrected. -editor

Issue 138 - May 11 - Human Rights Appointment Questioned

New York, May 11, 2010 - Last week the UN Secretary-General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights announced the appointment of Ivan Šimonović as Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) to lead the New York office of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He was selected by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Issue 137 - May 3 - Ivan Šimonović to be Appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights

New York, May 3, 2010 - A high-level Croatian official has just informed the UNelections Campaign that Ivan Simonovic, Croatia's Minister of Justice, will be appointed as the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. The appointment, made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is expected to be announced today.

Issue 136 - April 26 - Five Candidates on Shortlist for UNFCCC Post

New York, April 26, 2010 - Five candidates for the post of Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be interviewed by the UN Secretary-General's Selection Committee beginning this week, according to reliable sources speaking to the UNelections Campaign.

The short-listed candidates are:

  • Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica
  • Janos Pasztor of Hungary
  • Marthinus van Schalkwyk of South Africa
  • Vijai Sharma of India
  • Elizabeth Thompson of Barbados

Following the interviews, two or three candidates are expected to be recommended to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will make the final decision in consultation with the UNFCCC.

Issue 135 - April 7 - Three Unreported Candidates on Short List for Human Rights Post, Mendez is Rumored Frontrunner

New York, April 7, 2010 - The short list of candidates for Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights in New York has been confirmed.

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