First, "make it work" says candidate for UN chief, Vesna Pusić

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Assembly Holds Informal Dialogues with Candidates for Next Secretary-General: Vesna Pusić. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The first priority for the new UN Secretary-General should be "to make the organization work."

That's the view of Vesna Pusić, a senior Croatian parliamentarian, who was the second candidate to appear at Informal General Assembly Dialogues on Wednesday.

The briefings where candidates state their case and take questions from Member States and civil society groups, mark the beginning of the process to select the next UN chief.

Matthew Wells has more.

The General Assembly-led process for what is in effect, a job interview in front of the whole world, featured a further three candidates on Wednesday.

Apart from Ms Pusić, Danilo Turk from Slovenia, and in the afternoon, Natalia Gherman from Moldova, also made their case.

Vesna Pusić said that her native country Croatia, had managed the transition from war to a stable peace, following the Balkan wars of the 1990s, thanks in part to the UN.

She said that even if none of those vying for the top job at the UN wanted to be first and foremost a skilful manager, that was the vital prerequisite.

"My first order of business would be to try to make the organization work. To try to run the organization as it is, and as we find it now, rather than try to run an organization as we wish it would be, one day. And then gradually make it simpler, resolve problems, make it more effective as we go along."

Ms Pusić added that the decision-making and reporting process inside the UN, needed to become simpler, and more transparent.

She said that holding public, if early and informal Dialogues for the post of Secretary-General, was a "great thing" in the spirit of a new, more open era.

There are nine candidates in the running; four women and five men; the final round of briefings take place on Thursday.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 1’31″

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