Friday, February 26, 2021

UN hopes to take first step to elect subsequent chief by Jan. 31

The previous Portuguese prime minister and U.N. refugee chief, whose five-year time period on the helm of the United Nations ends on Dec. 31, stated in letters to Bozkir and Ladeb on Monday that he’ll search a second time period.

The Basic Meeting elects the secretary-general on the advice of the 15-member Safety Council the place the 5 everlasting members have veto energy, so their assist is essential. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson instantly introduced his assist for Guterres, however there was no phrase but from The US, Russia, China and France.

A Basic Meeting decision adopted in September 2015 asks the presidents of the meeting and Safety Council to “begin the method of soliciting candidates for the place of secretary-general by way of a joint letter addressed to all member states.”

Bozkir stated he met Tuesday with Ladeb and shared a draft letter to member states which the Tunisian ambassador then circulated to council members. “We hope that we can signal this letter collectively earlier than the top of the month,” he stated.

Bozkir advised a information convention he’ll then be certain that any candidate seem earlier than the Basic Meeting “to share their imaginative and prescient and clarify what they’re going to do through the five-term in workplace and there can be a query and reply half.”

Legally, he stated, there isn’t any deadline for nations to submit candidates, however he expects “the primary wave” — with a number of candidates — to seem earlier than the Basic Meeting in April or the start of Might.

Guterres was elected by the 193-member meeting to succeed Ban Ki-moon after a hotly contested and clear race in October 2016 that originally included 13 candidates — seven ladies and 6 males. He took workplace on Jan. 1, 2017.

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