Government Scorecard on UNSG Process

This page provides a continually updated scorecard on positions by UN member states on proposed aspects of the the 2016 nomination and selection process for UN Secretary General. Scroll to the bottom for a collated list of supporters on each proposed reform.

LAST UPDATED: 14 September 2015 for individual states. General Assembly Resolution 69/321 (para. 32-34) is now the reference for support of various reform proposals.

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The UN Security Council will nominate a candidate for Secretary General for approval by the General Assembly Photo credit: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Photo credit: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

2016 Security Council Members

The Secretary General is appointed by the UN General Assembly upon a recommendation by the UN Security Council. The following states are those who will vote on the recommended nominee in 2016, including permanent members, those finishing their 2-year elected term, and those expected to be elected to the Council in October 2015 given the closed slates this year.

Angola
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
China
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Permanent Member
General Position The process should remain firmly based on the UN Charter. 1
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Egypt
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
France
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Permanent Member
General Position The process should be transparent, but not divide regional groups. Overall, it should adhere to the Charter.1
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive of exchanges between candidates and states.
Multiple nominees Likely to oppose given concerns over dividing regional groups.
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Japan
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General Position Believes the process should be more structured 1, and involve reviewing “implementation of the relevant GA resolutions in anticipation of the next selection process” 7.
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note Remains committed to securing a permanent seat on the Council. 8
Malaysia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
New Zealand
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Russia
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Permanent Member
General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Against specific efforts to nominate female candidates, as “discrimination against men is also unacceptable” and gender should be “of secondary importance” 1
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Eastern Europe Did not oppose demarche from Eastern European Group of States on regional rotation 5, but believed to oppose nationals of NATO or European member states 10
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Senegal
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Spain
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Ukraine
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supported demarche from Eastern European Group of States on regional rotation 5
Special Note No information
United Kingdom
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Permanent Member
General Position Open to a process that reflects “equality, predictability, and transparency” 2
Joint Letter Supportive. 14
Open Nominations No information
Single term The government is “actively considering” this proposal. 2
Female Candidate Supportive 1, 14
Deadline Strongly supportive. Has suggested December 2015 as a deadline for nominations, and June 2016 by which the process should be concluded 2
Formal Hearings Strongly supportive of candidates setting out their vision for the organization as part of their campaigns. 2, 6
Multiple nominees Opposed, as the nominee need maximum support from the world body and the Charters calls for a nomination 2
Eastern Europe Opposed to regional rotation. “The onus is on [Eastern European states] to put forward the best candidate” 2
Short List Supportive. 14
Special Note No information
United States
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Permanent Member
General Position The process must stay within the current framework but the government is open to some ideas. 1
Joint letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Opposed to a deadline for nominations. Prefers best candidate, even if at the last minute 1
Formal Hearings Stated that the General Assembly should focus instead on encouraging candidates to engage widely with member states 1
Multiple nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Uruguay
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Venezuela
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
UN staff prepare to collect votes in ballot boxes at the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo: Timothy Clary, AFP/Getty)

Photo: Timothy Clary, AFP/Getty

Other Governments

The following states will vote in the General Assembly on the nominee(s) offered by the Security Council. They have made statements regarding the role of the Assembly in the selection process as noted here.

Afghanistan
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Albania
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Algeria
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Antigua and Barbuda
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Armenia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Argentina
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Austria
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Azerbaijan
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Bahamas
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Bahrain
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Bangladesh
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Barbados
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Belarus
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Belize
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Benin
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Bhutan
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Bolivia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Botswana
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Brazil
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General Position Believes that reforms need to be made now: “We cannot wait another 5 years.” 1
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term Supportive. Noted that the Charter does not mention term or single candidate and those practices can be changed. 1
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees Supportive. Noted that the Charter does not mention term or single candidate and those practices can be changed.1
Eastern Europe Supports geographic consideration in selection 1
Short List No information
Special Note Seeks a permanent seat on the Council.12
Brunei
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Bulgaria
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Burkina Faso
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Burundi
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Cabo Verde
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Cambodia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Cameroon
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Canada
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General Position “These recommendations are not radical; they seek to complement the existing process, not upend it.” 1
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe Opposed to regional rotation, believes geographic diversity is a valued principle that should inform but not determine the outcome. 1
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Central African Republic
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Chad
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Chile
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Special Note No information
Colombia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4 and 1
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM 9, and believes the Council can “with sense of responsibility” recommend multiple nominees 1
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Comoros
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Costa Rica
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General Position Believes it is time to update the 1946 resolutions and make the selection by the General Assembly “a real vote” to increase legitimacy.1
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees Supportive of the Council nominating more than 1 candidate to the General Assembly 1
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Special Note No information
Côte d’Ivoire
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Croatia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Cuba
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General Position Lack of political will in implementing relevant General Assembly resolutions is a “failure” and treats the selection as a “private matter” for the Security Council. 1
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Cyprus
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Czech Republic
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General Position Supportive of ACT proposals, believes they will bring the UNSG selection process in line with other multilaterals 1
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe Supportive of Eastern European demarche on regional rotation 5
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Denmark
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Djibouti
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Dominica
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Dominican Republic
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Ecuador
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
El Salvador
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Equatorial Guinea
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Eritrea
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Estonia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Special Note No information
Ethiopia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Fiji
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Finland
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13, supports “breaking the glass ceiling on the 38th floor” and believe the best candidate will be a woman 1
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive of the General Assembly being more involved as “security is only one pillar” of the United Nations. 1
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Special Note No information
Gabon
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Gambia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Georgia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Germany
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe Supportive of Eastern
Europe’s turn at the post. 1
Short List No information
Special Note Still committed to securing a permanent seat on the Council.11
Ghana
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Grenada
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Guatemala
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term Supportive of single 7- or 8-year term. (per phone interview, 8 Sept 2015)
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4 and believes they would enable states to make an informed choice. 1
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive (per phone interview, 8 Sept 2015)
Special Note No information
Guinea
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Guinea-Bissau
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Guyana
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Haiti
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Honduras
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Hungary
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General Position Believes proposed reforms are “common sense” and brings this selection process in line with that of other multilateral organizations. 1
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, prefers a female nominee 1
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe Supportive, prefers a candidate from Eastern Europe 1 and supportive of Eastern European demarche on regional rotation 5
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Special Note No information
Iceland
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
India
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM 9, and supports the General Assembly appointing from multiple nominees by a 2/3 majority. 1
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Indonesia
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General Position Wants more dialogue between the Council and the Assembly to create the political will on an agreed process. 1
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM 9 and 1
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note Believes the veto should not apply in making nominations to the Assembly 1
Iran
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Iraq
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Ireland
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Jamaica
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Jordan
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Kenya
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Kuwait
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Laos
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Latvia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Lebanon
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Lesotho
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Liberia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Libya
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Liechtenstein
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General Position Believes reforms should be enacted now, and calls on the current General Assembly president to get the ball rolling 1
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Special Note Believes the veto should not apply in making nominations to the Assembly 1
Lithuania
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Luxembourg
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Macedonia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Madagascar
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Malawi
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Maldives
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Mali
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Malta
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Mauritania
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Mauritius
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Mexico
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General Position Believes the General Assembly has the maturity and ability to assume responsibility vested in it by the Charter in selecting the UNSG 1
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note Believes the veto should not apply in making nominations to the Assembly 1
Moldova
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe Supportive, strongly prefers candidates being from Eastern Europe 1, and supported Eastern Europe demarche on regional rotation 5.
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Monaco
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Mongolia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Montenegro
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Morocco
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4 and wants official disclosure of candidates with sufficient time for inclusive, transparent engagement 1
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive, wants official disclosure of candidates with sufficient time for inclusive, transparent engagement 1
Special Note Believes the veto should not apply in making nominations to the Assembly 1
Mozambique
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Myanmar
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Namibia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Nauru
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Nepal
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Nicaragua
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Niger
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Nigeria
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
North Korea
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Norway
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Special Note No information
Oman
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Pakistan
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Palestine
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Panama
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Papua New Guinea
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Peru
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Philippines
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Poland
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Portugal
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Qatar
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Rep. of the Congo
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Romania
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Rwanda
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Saint Kitts & Nevis
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Saint Lucia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Special Note No information
São Tomé & Príncipe
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Saudi Arabia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Serbia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Seychelles
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Sierra Leone
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Singapore
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Slovakia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List No information
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Slovenia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe Supportive. 5
Special Note No information
Somalia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
South Africa
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Sri Lanka
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Sudan
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Suriname
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Swaziland
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Sweden
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple Nominees No information
Eastern Europe No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Special Note No information
Switzerland
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings No information
Multiple nominees No information
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Syria
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Tanzania
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General Position No information
Joint Letter Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Open Nominations Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List Supportive, as member of ACT Group. 3
Eastern Europe No information
Special Note No information
Thailand
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline Supportive of a deadline for nomination, with the process of selection by the Council beginning only after a list of candidates is finalized. 1
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4, and would support time for engaging member states even before a nominations deadline 1
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Timor-Leste
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Togo
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Trinidad & Tobago
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Tunisia
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Turkmenistan
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Uganda
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
United Arab Emirates
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Uzbekistan
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Vanuatu
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Vietnam
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Yemen
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information
Zambia
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General Position No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate Supportive, as member of Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG 13
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple Nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Eastern Europe No information
Short List No information
Special Note No information
Zimbabwe
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General Positions: No information
Joint Letter No information
Open Nominations No information
Single term No information
Female Candidate No information
Deadline No information
Formal Hearings Supportive, as member of NAM. 4
Multiple nominees Supportive, as member of NAM. 9
Short List No information
Eastern Europe No information
Special Concerns No information

Reform Proposals and Supporting Governments

The following table provides a snapshot of proposals that have been put forward by multiple groups or states or civil society groups and which have been formally discussed. Supporting states are those which have individually or as a member of a group indicated support for the proposal.

Supported By
Joint Letter Members of the ACT Group (Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gabon, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uruguay), the United Kingdom
Open Nominations Members of the ACT Group (Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gabon, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania , Uruguay)
Single term Brazil
Female Candidate Finland, France, Hungary, United Kingdom, members of the Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for UNSG (Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Japan, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Nauru, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Sweden, Timor-Leste, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia)
Deadline Thailand, United Kingdom, plus members of the ACT Group (Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gabon, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uruguay)
Formal Hearings Canada, Finland, Guatemala, Morocco, Thailand, United Kingdom, plus other Non-Aligned Movement members (Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Multiple nominees Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, plus other Non-Aligned Movement (Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Short List Morocco, and members of the ACT Group ((Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gabon, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uruguay)
Eastern Europe Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, plus other Eastern European states (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine)

Key to Table:

  • General Position: Broad framework stated by a government defining its view of the selection process and any proposed reforms.
  • Joint Letter: A document issued jointly by the Presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly defining aspects of the nomination process, likely to include a timeline for nominations and other stages of the selection process.
  • Open Nominations: Clarification that all UN member states are openly invited to nominate individuals for the post.
  • Single Term: Proposal that the Security Council nominate a candidate for a single non-renewable term, with 7 years suggested by most advocates.
  • Female Candidate: Specific support for female nominees to be given preferential consideration. To date, no UNSG has been female.
  • Deadline: Support for a formal timeline for the nomination process, including a deadline by which all nominations must be made, to prevent last minute “dark horse” candidates and ensure opportunity for all UN members to engage candidates.
  • Formal hearings: Opportunities for formal engagement directly between candidates and all UN member states, before the Security Council concludes its considerations, to discuss candidates’ qualifications and vision for the organization.
  • Short List: A document from the Security Council with the names and professional qualifications of all formally nominated candidates under consideration, issued prior to the Security Council concludes its considerations.
  • Multiple nominees: Call for the Security Council to nominee more than one nominee for consideration by the General Assembly. Would require updating the 1946 resolution establishing this practice.
  • Eastern Europe: Preferential or exclusive consideration of nationals from states in the Eastern European regional group. To date, no UNSG has been from Eastern Europe.
  • Special Note: Information on other proposals or special concerns which might influence a state’s support for the process or a candidate.

References:

1) 27 April 2015 discussion (video)
2) 30 June 2015 discussion (video)
3) ACT Letters to the President of the Security Council and the President of the General Assembly, June 2015
4) NAM 16th Summit Final Declaration, paragraphs 89 and 90
5) Eastern European Group Demarche, November 2014
6) Remarks in the House of Commons, 22 January 2015
7) Remarks on Revitalization of the General Assembly, May 2012
8) Remarks to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, October 2014
9) 1 for 7 Billion – Principles and Recommendations, Section 9
10) 1 for 7 Billion Press Conference, 27 April 2015
11) Meeting in German Federal Foreign Officer on Security Council Reform, February 2015
12) Speech by Minister of External Relations to Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, March 2015
13) Concept Note from the Group of Friends in favor of a Woman for Secretary-General of the United Nations (not available online), July 2015
14) Statement by Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, 11 September 2015

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