Choosing the next UN Chief: "We are in uncharted waters"

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Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Mark Garten

"We are in uncharted waters" that’s the assessment of the President of the UN General Assembly on the appointment of the world’s most senior diplomat, the next man or woman, to head the United Nations.

According to the organization's Charter, the UN chief is appointed by the General Assembly following the recommendation of the Security Council.

In the past, most of the process took place behind closed doors, with the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council playing a strong role in choosing the final nominee.

In an effort to conduct a more "transparent and inclusive" process, candidates will go before all 193 Member States and make their pitch for the job.

The Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft has been speaking to Jocelyne Sambira about what to expect.

Duration: 5'28''

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