On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly launched the selection process for the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the period from 2022 to 2026, a position António Guterres seeks to keep, while Honduras called on women to run.
The former Portuguese Prime Minister (71 years) enjoys broad support within the General Assembly and the Security Council, especially from the five permanent members (the United States, Russia, China, France and the United States), to be re-elected to this important position for another five years.
However, Guterres is facing criticism from several non-governmental organizations that consider that he is not doing enough to defend human rights in the world, which he denies.
In a joint letter obtained by Agence France-Presse, the Security Council and the General Assembly called on the Organization’s 193 members to present candidates if they so desired “before the Council begins the selection process in May or June.”
Under the United Nations Charter, the council is required to recommend a candidate to the General Assembly, which then formally names him.
Since 2016, a transparency mechanism has been in place at the United Nations that provides for candidate hearings that must take place before May or June.
“Candidates should have proven leadership and management skills, extensive experience in international relations, and strong diplomatic, communication and linguistic skills,” said the letter to UN members.
On January 11, Guterres, who held the position of High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015, submitted a request expressing his desire to remain at the head of the United Nations, expressing his readiness for any hearing on his plans for a second term.
Since the creation of the United Nations in 1945, all secretaries-general have been men.
So far, no figure other than Guterres has shown interest in the position.
On Wednesday, Honduras, in a letter to United Nations members obtained by AFP, called on women to run for the position.
Honduran Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flick wrote, “I invite you, together with the nations you represent, to faithfully consider your commitments to the United Nations and to present candidates, while respecting the highest standards of competence, competence and integrity.”
She added that it is a matter of “initiating a recruitment process, in which equal opportunities and equality are essential”.
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