“Historic developments” confirm UN's value: Danilo Turk

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General Assembly Seventieth session Informal Dialogues with Candidates for the Position of Secretary-General: Mr. Danilo Türk. UN Photo/Mark Garten

"Many important historic developments" have taken place for the good of the world, thanks to the United Nations.

That's according to Danilo Turk, the former President of Slovenia, outlining why he has put himself forward for the position of Secretary-General, the UN's top job.

The former senior UN official and diplomat is the fourth candidate to appear at informal General Assembly Dialogues, to answer questions from Member States and civil society groups.

The other candidates appearing on Wednesday are Vesna Pusic and Natalia Gherman.

Matthew Wells has more.

Mr Turk said that having worked both for his country and for a previous Secretary-General at the United Nations, he understood why staff and diplomats grew frustrated with the pace of change.

But patience is a virtue he added, saying that taking the long view, the world organization had proved it worth, and his candidacy was based on his confidence that the UN was a powerful force for good.

He said that if he became the new UN chief in 2017, he would work above all to strengthen partnerships.

"First and very important partnership, among Member States, their commitment to multilateralism; strengthening of sovereignty as responsibility, which is not only responsibility to citizens of a state, but also to the international community and the progress of humankind. Regional organizations have gained a great deal of new importance and have developed their policies and sophistication to new levels; important partners without whom, the UN cannot succeed."

He pointed to his experience as a former member of the Security Council in the 1990s, and prior to that as a human rights expert, and said that sustainable development and "mainstreaming" human rights would be among his priorities.

So far, nine candidates have been proposed, by Member States to lead the UN next year, four women, and five men.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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