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UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Appointment of the Secretary-General – Selected Online Resources


Appointment Process

Ask DAG! (Dag Hammarskjöld Library – Frequently Asked Questions about the UN)
How is the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed?
How is the Secretary-General of the United Nations chosen?

UN Pulse (Dag Hammarskjöld Library)
United Nations Secretary-General: Did You Know?
Did you know a new Secretary-General will be appointed in 2016?

President of the 70th Session of the General Assembly:  Procedure of Selecting and Appointing the next UN Secretary-General
The letters submitted by Member States for presenting candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General are published here and videos on the selection progress can be viewed.

United Nations Blog – Selecting the United Nations Secretary-General (7 January 2016)
explains the appointment process by discussing the questions how is the Secretary-General selected, who were the previous Secretaries-General and who will be the next Secretary-General; also lists fun facts and links to further information

UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
Civil society: Propose questions for UN Secretary-General Candidates
The President of the General Assembly (PGA) is organizing informal dialogues between UN Member States and SG candidates starting in April 2016.
The Office of the PGA has requested UN-NGLS to facilitate a process with civil society to provide questions that can be asked to candidates during these dialogues.


UN News Centre


Official Documents

  • A/RES/71/4 (13 October 2016): Appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations: http://undocs.org/A/RES/71/4
  • A/71/531 (7 October 2016): Letter dated 6 October 2016 from the President of the Security Council to the President of the General Assembly: http://undocs.org/A/71/531
  • S/RES/2311 (2016): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2311(2016)
    Security Council Recommendation for the appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • A/70/623 (15 December 2015): Letter dated 15 December 2015 from the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Security Council addressed to all Permanent Representatives and Permanent Observers to the United Nations: http://undocs.org/A/70/623
    Invites Member States to present candidates for the selection and appointment of the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • A/RES/69/321 (22 September 2015): Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly: resolution / adopted by the General Assembly: http://undocs.org/A/RES/69/321
    para 32-44: Selection and appointment of the Secretary-General and other executive heads
  • Further documentsclick here


Non-UN Sources

26 August 2019
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