Ask the Candidates

The organizers of the UNSG Candidates Forum on September 26th invites UNSG.org readers to submit questions which they would like see posed to the candidates. All submissions will be carefully reviewed, and the organizers will identify a a select number to be put to the candidates. (We cannot guarantee any particular question will be asked, of course.)

Questions should be brief, clear and related to the candidate’s background, qualifications, or his or her vision for the United Nations or the office of UNSG. Examples could include:

  • Given the current criticism of the UN for a lack of transparency, what are the key opportunities in the UN system for increased democratic governance while ensuring effective decisionmaking?
  • How would you distinguish between the roles of the Secretary-General and the Deputy SG? What qualifications would you look for in a candidate for DSG? Do you already have anyone in mind for the post?
  • What experiences would you bring to addressing a potential North-South divide?
  • What specific role should the Secretary-General play in promoting achievement of the Millenium Development Goals?
  • Would you accept a nomination to a single seven-year term, as proposed by the Canadian government, to avoid the politicalization that otherwise accompanies seeking re-nomination?

To suggest a question, please complete the following form and click submit. Please limit the number of questions submitted in order to provide others fair access to this opportunity.

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  1. […] UNSG.org is calling for questions to pose to any of the seven candidates for the UN Secretary-General post at the upcoming Candidates Forum to be held in New York on the 26th of September, 2006. All submissions will be carefully reviewed, and the organisers will identify a a select number to be put to the candidates. […]