"Revitalized" UN central to "global governance": Vuk Jeremić

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A "revitalized United Nations" should be the "centrepiece of global governance" under the leadership of the next Secretary-General.

That's according to Vuk Jeremić, the first candidate for the UN's top job to appear at the Informal General Assembly Dialogues on Thursday.

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 reports.

The process, led by the President of the General Assembly, has been described as a job interview in front of the whole world.

On Thursday, the last day of dialogues, the three final candidates were due to explain why they are best suited to become the next and ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Vuk Jeremić, the former foreign minister of Serbia, was on familiar ground, as he was President of the UN General Assembly's 67th Session, three years ago.

He said he would rejuvenate the organization from top to bottom, and begin office on "day one" with 53 specific commitments.

"Excellencies I ask for the honour of serving you again, guided by three overarching convictions. First that ensuring more robust multilateralism represents the strongest safety net against the perils we face in our times; second that a revitalized United Nations should be the centrepiece of global governance, and third, that the UN's existing resources must be used more effectively so that the organization can deliver the results demanded by its membership and the international community at large."

He called for an overhaul of UN stabilization missions in Africa, saying they needed to be more robust, and said the spate of sexual exploitation and abuse allegations levelled at peacekeepers on the continent was an "awful stain" that needed to be addressed "aggressively and completely."

Two other candidates appear on Thursday,  Helen Clark and Srgjan Kerim, completing the briefings by the nine declared candidates so far.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 1'20"

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