Remarks by Ms Minna-Liina Lind, Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia at the Security Council Open Debate on Working Methods of the Security Council, 19 July 2016
Estonia, as a member of the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency Group, fully endorses the statement delivered by Switzerland. Estonia, together with Costa Rica, has been at the forefront of the ACT group on the issue of appointing the next Secretary-General. Therefore, I would like to emphasize a few points on this.
Throughout the current historically transparent and inclusive process – while successfully implementing the General Assembly resolution 69/321 – we have seen closely the importance of effective and substantiated communication between members of the Security Council and the wider membership. In this regard we find the monthly meetings between the President of the Security Council and the President of the General Assembly and the reports from these meetings very useful.
The General Assembly hearings especially, which for the first time allow all members of the organization as well as a global audience to assess candidates, are proof of Member States’ dedication to the vision laid out by the UN Preparatory Commission in 1945: that “the Secretary-General, more than anyone else, will stand for the UN as a whole”. Estonia, as a member of ACT, has encouraged candidates to participate in all elements of the selection process.
As we have had successful proceedings in the General Assembly, in couple of days the Security Council is planning to have its first straw poll for the candidates. We have emphasized the need for the Security Council to keep the General Assembly informed of any developments and encourage regular and close communication between the Presidents of the Security Council and the General Assembly. We expect that the overall change of the process brings with it also a further updated approach by the Security Council.
Furthermore, we are entering the most decisive phase of this selection process and would like to see it successfully concluded. We would like to recall the prerogative of the General Assembly to draft the final resolution for the appointment of the Secretary-General. It is our understanding that the discussion of the possible elements of this resolution is planned to take place soon in the General Assembly.
For us the aim besides creating a more inclusive process in line with present day expectations and wider ownership has been to strengthen the institution of the Secretary-General by making it more representative. We hope that the culmination of this selection will be as encouraging as the whole process has been so far.