With Ban Ki-Moon’s term as Secretary General wrapping up, the selection process has been in full swing. The leadership shown by Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly, to increase transparency in the process is laudable. The webcast sessions to introduce candidates to member states and the world is a leap forward from the process being confined to the Security Council members.
Another innovation has been to allow civil society to contribute questions to the candidates via a process facilitated by UN-NGLS. Details from UN-NGLS are below:
More than 1500 questions from nearly 100 countries have been submitted since the process began at the end of February. From among these, each candidate has been asked 2-3 unique questions during their UN General Assembly dialogue. In addition, two were used during the 12 July debate with 10 candidates in UN General Assembly Hall, and the President of the General Assembly posted 10 of the questions on his web site, requesting all candidates to respond to them.
The civil society questions asked during the UN General Assembly dialogues with individual candidates, along with the candidates’ responses, may be viewed here:
The two civil society questions used during the 12 July debate in UN General Assembly Hall (broadcast live by Al Jazeera and UN Web TV) along with candidate responses, may be viewed here:
The 10 questions for all candidates posted on the President of the General Assembly’s web site may be viewed here, along with responses from 4 of the candidates so far.
To view all questions received, and learn more about the process, including how the questions were selected, please visit the UN-NGLS website.