Transparency, inclusiveness needed in Secretary-General selection process

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A more transparent and inclusive selection process for the next UN Secretary-General is being urged by a group of UN Member States.

Many have expressed concern that the selection process in the past has largely taken place behind closed doors.

The next Secretary-General will take office in 2017.

Veronica Reeves has the details.

A group of Member States is praising a new General Assembly resolution that for the first time, lays out precise qualifications and criteria for potential candidates for the UN's top job. The 27 countries that make up the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency, or ACT Group say the resolution will provide for a structured selection process.

A joint letter will be sent from the Presidents of the Security Council and the General Assembly, soliciting candidates. The names of candidates will then be circulated to Member States, with informal meetings set up with the prospective candidates.

The ACT Group hopes to see plenty of female names on that list of candidates, saying that after eight consecutive male Secretaries-General, it's time for a woman to take the helm. 

Veronica Reeves, United Nations

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