The process to select the next United Nations Secretary-General has commenced, and the President of the General Assembly, who is at the helm of affairs, has announced that he will hold a series of informal dialogues and meetings with all potential candidates from April 12 to 14, 2016.

According to the President, Mogens Lykketoft, each candidate will be offered a two-hour meeting slot to present his or her candidature, and UN Member States will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as interact with each person at a press briefing in New York.

Thus far, six candidates have been officially presented: Srgian Kerim of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Vesna Pusic of Croatia; Igor Luksic of Montenegro; Danilo Turk of Slovenia; Irina Bokova of Bulgaria; and Natalia Gherman of the Republic of Moldova.

According to the UN Charter, the Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly following the recommendation of the Security Council.

The next Secretary-General will assume the role in January 2017. So, with fingers crossed, we await the new force that will drive the Sustainability Development Goals agenda 2030.


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