“We need to reinvent multilateralism” says candidate Igor Lukšić

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General Assembly Seventieth session Informal Dialogues with Candidates for the position of Secretary-General. Igor Lukšić is one of the candidates for the position. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The next UN Secretary-General needs to "reinvent multilateralism" for the modern age.

That's according to the first candidate to appear before the UN General Assembly, seeking to lead the organization from January next year.

Igor Lukšić is the Deputy Prime Minister and minister for foreign affairs for the Balkan state of Montenegro.

Matthew Wells has more.

Igor Lukšić was the first of three candidates for the UN's top job to appear in an historic session on Tuesday that's been described as "an interview in front of the whole world."

Never before have candidates been invited to appear in an open session organized by the General Assembly, to face questions from Member States and civil society groups.

Mr Lukšić said that the complex global challenges facing the new UN chief demanded that he or she make the organization more relevant, effective, and efficient.

"Nothing lasts forever but the certainty of change, therefore we have to work to be able to accommodate for those that come up. This vision is about ensuring an effective and efficient UN system, in addressing existing and emerging challenges by extending partnerships and strengthening coordination. We need to reinvent multilateralism through the principles of responsibility, inclusiveness and engagement."

He called for women and youth to have a bigger voice in UN affairs, together with greater regard for the balance between the northern and southern hemispheres.

So far, eight candidates have been proposed by Member States to lead the UN from 2017; four men and four women.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 1’08″

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