The UN Secretary-General 2016 Selection Process & call for a feminist UN SG

The election takes place this year to determine the successor to Ban Ki-moon whose term as the eighth United Nations Secretary-General will conclude this year on 31 December. Below the photo are three links that explain the UN Secretary General selection process. Please feel free to pass around.

There are few rules governing the selection of the Secretary-General. The only guiding language is Article 97 of the United Nations Charter, which states that ‘The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council’.

There has been growing criticism of the opacity of the process, with increased calls by NGOs such as the 1 for 7 Billion campaign and The Elders

as well as some states for a more formal selection and appointment process in which candidates engage in public discussion of their views and platforms.   (dated 2006 pre Ban Ki Moon, but good source of citations)

Join the CALL FOR A FEMINIST UN SECRETARY-GENERAL in 2016! The Women’s Major Group has launched  the call below and would like to invite widespread participation.

PLEASE ACCESS THE GOOGLE FORM  TO ADD YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NAME TO THE CALL. The call will be forwarded to Member States with signatures received by February 12th, 2016. The form will remain open for additional signatures until February 26th, which will be included in an online version of the letter.

A call for a feminist UN Secretary-General in 2016

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, believe that a woman Secretary-General must lead the United Nations. After the appointment of eight male Secretaries-General, a female Secretary-General is urgently needed to foster gender equality in the leadership of the UN.

Beyond ensuring that the next UN Secretary-General is a woman, we believe that the successful candidate must be a woman who brings a strong feminist perspective to the UN, in line with the UN’s core values of human rights,  quality, and justice.

At a time when the UN is engaging in a new role of overseeing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the next UN Secretary-General must also be a woman who has demonstrated a capacity to address the global structures, systems and values that undermine gender equality, women¹s human rights around the world and that stand in the way of transformative development justice.

We therefore call for a woman Secretary-General who has a demonstrable commitment to:

  • Advancing a bold, comprehensive women’s human rights agenda in intergovernmental fora that recognises the indivisibility and universality of women’s human rights;
  • Challenging inequality in all of its forms, including economic and social inequality between countries, between rich and poor, and between men and women.
  • Taking urgent and equitable action to halt current environmental crises and their social impacts, including climate change;
  • Ensuring that the UN implements the reforms necessary to protect its status as a genuinely democratic multilateral institution that acts in the interests of all people and all countries, and not just the most powerful;
  • Taking action to ensure that feminist and civil society movements are not just observers in policymaking, but active and equal participants;
  • Promoting women¹s leadership at all levels; and
  • Ensuring that the integrity of the UN and its agencies is not undermined by the influence of private funding, including by the corporate sector.