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Conclusion of the ICJ Elections 2014

17 November 2014

Elections to appoint five members of the International Court of Justice began on the 6th of November.  Although four judges were elected that day, the General Assembly and Security Council were unable to select a fifth member.

Elections resumed the following day in order to decide whether Susana Ruiz Cerutti, of Argentina, or Patrick Lipton Robinson, of Jamaica, would be appointed to the ICJ.  When, after several rounds of voting, neither of the remaining two candidates received the required number of votes in both the Security Council and General Assembly, the election for the fifth seat was postponed until the 17th of November.

The Guardian: "UN Urged to End 'Haphazard Lottery' of Leadership Selection Process"

11 November 2014

The Guardian's Sam Stone reports on our 1 for 7 Billion campaign to reform the selection process for the UN Secretary-General, drawing attention to the "secret deals and horse trading" which define the current process.  

To read the full article, please read below the fold.  The article can also be accessed in the attachments to this page.  


The UN must abandon the “secret deals and horse trading” that govern the selection of its secretary general and replace them with a fair and transparent process that ensures the best candidate gets the job, according to a coalition ofNGOs, UN associations and former UN officials.

NY Times: "Calls Grow to Broaden Search for Next UN Leader"

11 November 2014

 In a recent New York Times article, Somini Sengupta draws attention to the disproportionate role of the permanent five members of the Security Council in the selection of the UN Secretary-General.  She cites the efforts of our new campaign, 1 for 7 Billion , to encourage a more transparent and inclusive selection process in 2016.

To read the full article, please read below the fold.  The article can also be accessed in the attachments to this page.  


Special ECOSOC Election 2014

10 November 2014

Today the General Assembly held a special election to fill three vacant seats in the Economic and Social Council.  The election was made necessary by a note from the Permanent Representative of Switzerland, in his capacity as chair of the Western European and Others group for the month of September.  The note, which was dated 30 September 2014 , informed the Assembly that Canada, Denmark, and New Zealand would give up their seats in 2015.  These seats would be given to Australia, Finland, and Switzerland, respectively.

ICJ Elections 2014

7 November 2014

 The elections to appoint five new judges of the International Court of Justice began yesterday morning and continued throughout the course of two days.  The elections were held to fill the seats of judges Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor (from Mexico); Kenneth Keith (New Zealand); Mohamed Bennouna (Morocco); Leonid Skotnikov (Russian Federation); and Joan E. Donoghue (United States) whose terms will end on the 5th of February, 2015. 

Although retiring judges are eligible for re-election, only Donoghue and Bennouna were included among the nine candidates approved by the national groups of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.  The list of approved candidates, as well as their curricula vitae, was circulated by the Secretary-General in early August. 

Results of the 2014 ECOSOC Elections

29 October 2014

This morning, the General Assembly met in plenary to elect 18 members of the Economic and Social Council.  Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, India, Japan, Mauritania, Pakistan, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Zimbabwe were elected for a three year term, which will begin on the 1st of January 2015. 

As anticipated, longstanding ECOSOC members France, Germany, and Japan retained their seats for another term.  Austria, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Greece, India, and Portugal were also re-elected members. 

Results of the 2014 Human Rights Council Elections

 21 October 2014

This morning, the General Assembly held elections to fill fifteen seats on the Human Rights Council for a three year term.  Beginning on the first of January, Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Congo, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, Portugal, and Qatar will assume their roles as members of the Council.

Seats in the Council are allotted by regional group, so that the candidates with the greatest number of votes in each group will become members. In order to be elected, candidates for the Council must receive at least 97 votes—a simple majority of the membership of the General Assembly.  In the event of a tie, the Assembly will hold additional rounds of voting, with balloting restricted to the tied candidates. 

ECOSOC Elections 2014

20 October 2014

     The Economic and Social Council elections for the 2015-2017 term are scheduled to take place on the 29th of October, 2014.  The General Assembly will elect 18 new members of the Economic and Social Council, filling the seats previously occupied by Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lesotho, Libya, Nigeria, and Portugal.  The newly elected states will begin their terms on the 1st of January, 2015.

Results of the 2014 Security Council Elections

16 October 2014

At 10:00 am this morning, the General Assembly began its elections for five non-permanent members of the Security Council.  After three rounds of voting, Angola, Malaysia, Venezuela, New Zealand, and Spain were elected to serve two-year terms. 

As expected, Angola, Malaysia, and Venezuela were elected easily after the first round of voting.  The three members ran on “clean slates,” with no real challenge from other states in their respective regions. 

Human Rights Council Elections 2014

9 October 2014

On October 21, the General Assembly will elect 15 members of the Human Rights Council. The newly elected members will serve on the Council for the 2015-2017 term, replacing Austria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chile, Congo, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Peru, the Philippines, and Romania.

Several member states have announced their interest in a seat on the Human Rights Council. Ghana, Congo, Portugal, Netherlands, Albania, Latvia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Bolivia, Indonesia, Qatar, and Bangladesh have submitted voluntary pledges to the President of the General Assembly, which describe their records on human rights issues and propose ways in which they aim to improve their performance.  GA resolution 60/251 , the founding resolution of the HRC, encourages member states to take these pledges into consideration when casting their votes.  

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