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7 Important Questions for the Next UN Secretary General

For the first time, the United Nations is trying to make the process of choosing a new Secretary General more transparent by welcoming public questioning of the candidates. This article lists some crucial questions for the candidates to think about regarding UN accountability for sexual abuse and the Haitian cholera epidemic brought by peacekeepers, climate change, having the first-ever female Secretary General, and more.

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7 questions we want the candidates for U.N. secretary-general to answer

Tom Murphy and Lisa Nikolau, Humanosphere

April 15, 2016

Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Administrator of UNDP, addresses Member States regarding her candidacy for U.N. Secretary-General. (UN Photo)

Yesterday wrapped up the first-ever public questioning of the candidates vying for the post as the next head of the United Nations. The once completely opaque process is changing thanks to public campaigns and pressure from member countries. Declared candidates fielded questions from members of the U.N. General Assembly over the past three days.

Given the fact that the U.N. is taking steps to open up, we thought it might be worth sharing a few of the questions we’d like to see the next U.N. secretary-general answer. Weigh in with your questions in the comments.

What will you do to stop the problem of sexual abuse among peacekeeping units?

There is a pretty major problem with the U.N.’s peacekeeping missions, especially in the Central African Republic.


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