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Estonia contributed to making the election process of the UN Secretary-General more open

14.10.2016

Today, 13 October, the UN General Assembly appointed Antonio Guterres the Secretary-General of the UN for the next five years. The new Secretary-General will take over on 1 January next year.
 
Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN, Ambassador Sven Jürgenson, was pleased that the current election process of the UN Secretary-General was much more open than elections in the past. “Estonia contributed to it by actively cooperating with like-minded countries,” Ambassador Jürgenson emphasized. “For the first time in the history of the UN, all candidates to the Secretary-General position were known beforehand, information on the candidates was shared with the member states and it was possible to get an overview of the candidate’s views at the public meetings,” Jürgenson said.
 
As a member of the ACT Group (Accountability, Coherence, Transparency), Estonia together with Costa Rica has for two years been actively leading the process of making the election of the UN Secretary-General more transparent and inclusive. The group has 24 other members in addition to Estonia. The aim of the ACT is to make the decision making and working methods of the UN Security Council more trustworthy, transparent and more efficient and to give member states an opportunity to actively participate in the process.
 
According to Ambassador Jürgenson, Estonia continues to work towards making the work of the UN even more open. “After the new Secretary General has taken over, we wish to continue towards more opportunities for the member states to participate in the UN processes, while in general, making the whole organisation more open, inclusive and efficient,” Jürgenson emphasized.
 
The resolution appointing the new UN Secretary General is also historic. While all previous Secretaries-General have been appointed by approving a resolution the Security Council has submitted to the General Assembly, then this time, the General Assembly drafted the resolution, based on the proposal of the Security Council. It was approved by acclamation.
 
The draft resolution can be found at: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/71/L.4  
 
The next UN Secretary-General on today’s appointment: http://tinyurl.com/zvykwnu
 
 
Additional information:
 
Mariann Sudakov
Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(+372) 521 6821
press@mfa.ee
www.vm.ee

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