New Analysis on UNSG Selection

Security Council Report, which publishs in-depth monthly analyses on issues before the UN Security Council, has released a special research report on the appointment of the UNSG. The report is an informative introduction for those new to the topic but substantive enough for those with a strong familiarity with the process. It provides an oversight of the history, process and procedures surrounding the selection, including a history of past SG’s selections and terms, recent GA resolutions that could play out this year and the weakness of “traditions” such as regional rotation and the five-year term. (Trivia question: What does a red ballot signal during straw votes?)

For ease of understanding, the report is divided in seven sections, addressing the following core questions:

1) Who actually decides the appointment?
2) What is the selection process?
3) How important is the veto?
4) Can the length of the term of office be varied?
5) Are there any requirements relating to the timing of the decision?
6) Is there a requirement for regional rotation?
7) What is the status of the Deputy Secretary-General position and is it linked to the Secretary-General’s position?

The report is available in HTML, MS Word and Adobe PDF formats.

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