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INVITATION "Next Secretary-General: Transformed Process, Transforming the UN?"

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Invitation by Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland – members of the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency Group (ACT) and The Elders with the participation of

President of Costa Rica His Excellency Luis Guillermo Solís
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland His Excellency Timo Soini
Deputy Foreign Minister of Estonia His Excellency Väino Reinart
Member of The Elders His Excellency Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland
Deputy Chair of The Elders Her Excellency Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway

a high-level event on


Moderated by Mr Richard Gowan, European Council on Foreign Relations and the NYU Center for International Cooperation

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, from 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm
Conference Room 3, UNHQ

With the Security Council’s deliberations on finding Mr Ban Ki-moon’s successor at an advanced stage, the time is ripe to consider the qualities that the next Secretary-General will need to take the UN forward in the coming years, and whether changes to this year’s process have improved the prospects of a strong leader being chosen for the job.  This high-level meeting will discuss the effectiveness to date of efforts to increase transparency and inclusivity in the process and the key challenges that the next Secretary-General will face during his or her term in office.

After the keynote presentations, interventions are welcome by guests attending the high-level event. The guest list includes heads and members of high-level delegations, permanent missions, representatives of NGOs as well as the media.

About ACT and The Elders
ACT is a cross-regional group of states working to improve the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency of the UN Security Council. ACT has 25 Member States: Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gabon, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Uruguay.

The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. Their proposals on ways to strengthen the UN, including through changes in the selection process and term of the Secretary-General, can be found here.

RSVP: Please contact Ms. Annina Barbosa at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, by email: or by telephone at: +1 (212) 821-0269

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