Asked January 19, 2017

Secretary General of UN

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What is the selection process of the Secretary General of the UN ?

Answer 1

1. Article 97, of the UN Charter provides that the Secretary General shall be appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council. The recommendation made by the Security Council generally carries only one name.

The first step of selection of the Secretary General involves the Council President consulting the other council members regarding determination of a date to hold a private meeting. The Security Council adopts a resolution in this private meeting, setting out its recommendations. In case there are more than one names at this stage of discussion, one name is picked by the process of balloting. Following this, the Council President, informs the Assembly president of the resolution regarding the recommendation, by way of a letter.

The five permanent members of the Security Council have the right to Veto any nomination. Apart from this, some customs have developed regarding the selection process such as, the appointee may not be a citizen of the Security Council’s five permanent members.

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