For the first time in the history of the United Nations, candidates for Secretary-General are running publicly for election. Since the UN’s inception, the permanent five members of the Security Council (China, France, Russian, the United Kingdom and the United States) have chosen the candidate in secrecy and, without exception, the General Assembly has accepted their candidate. However, calls for greater transparency and inclusiveness in the selection process by member states and civil society organizations prevailed. Against this backdrop, our discussion provided an opportunity to reflect on the manner in which the Secretary-General would be chosen, on the changing nature of the office, and on the profile that a successful incumbent at the helm of the world’s most encompassing and most global organization should have.
H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th UN General Assembly
H.E. Rolando Castro Cordoba, Deputy Permanent Representative of Costa Rica
Gillian Sorensen, Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General
Simon Chesterman, Dean, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law