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MEDIA ADVISORY: The Search for the Next UN Secretary-General

6 June 2016

Tomorrow, June 7th, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a second round of “informal dialogues” with the two latest candidates in the running to be the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

These “informal dialgoues” are part of a new more transparent process for selecting the Secretary-General, a process that for the first 70 years of the organization’s history was held behind closed doors and dominated by the views of the permanent members of the Security Council. The new process includes prior publication of candidacies, a clear timetable for the selection process, the candidate meetings with member states, and also with media and civil society.

Candidate biographies and additional information are available at the UN web site and also the 1 for 7 Billion campaign.

This round of “informal dialogues” will feature Mr Miroslav Lajčák, of the Slovak Republic, and Ms Susana Malcorra, of Argentina. The first session, with Mr Lajčák, begins at 11am EST. Ms Malcorra will answer questions from 3 to 5pm. Both two-hour long sessions, as well as media stakeouts with each candidate after their session, will be webcast live on UN Web TV.

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