Secretary-General Candidate Dialogue – General Assembly, Informal Meeting, 75th session

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Media – The position of Secretary-General is one of great importance that requires a person with the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, and a firm commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

As per Article 97 of the Charter, the Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council. In 2015, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution that set out a new transparent, open and inclusive process to select and appoint the Secretary-General.

This process was successfully implemented during the 70th session of the General Assembly. For the first time, there was a clearly defined nomination procedure. Candidates were invited to provide a vision statement and were able to participate in informal dialogues with the entire General Assembly. Unlike in previous years, civil society and the wider global public were able to engage with the candidates. The process culminated with the General Assembly appointing Mr. António Guterres as Secretary-General on 13 October 2016.

The five-year term of Mr. Guterres concludes on 31 December 2021.

The President of the 75th session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, is committed to ensuring that the selection and appointment process remains guided by the principles of transparency and inclusivity. Working closely with the President of the Security Council, he will ensure that all relevant General Assembly mandates related to the selection and appointment process are fully implemented.

General Assembly resolution 69/321 requests the Presidents of the General Assembly and Security Council to “start the process of soliciting candidates for the position of Secretary-General through a joint letter addressed to all Member States.”

Committed to upholding the practice of informal dialogues with candidates as envisioned in resolution 69/321, the President of the seventy-fifth session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, will hold the first of the informal dialogues on 7 May 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the General Assembly Hall.

Civil society representatives and individuals were invited to submit their questions to candidates for the position of Secretary-General for their response during the interactive dialogues. Questions were collected via an online form, which has now closed.

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