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UN approves more open selection of next secretary-general

UN General Assembly approves more open and transparent selection of next secretary-general

UN approves more open selection of next secretary-general

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly has voted unanimously to make the largely secretive selection of the next U.N. secretary-general more open and transparent.

The resolution, adopted by consensus Friday, will allow the world body's 193 member states to see basic information about all candidates for the U.N. chief, including their resumes, for the first time. They will also have the chance to meet and question candidates.

Since the U.N. was founded 70 years ago, the 15-member Security Council has essentially picked the U.N. chief in a closed meeting and handed the name to the General Assembly for its approval. The five permanent Security Council members with veto power, including the United States, have the strongest sway.

General Assembly President Sam Kutesa called it "an important contribution to strengthening" the world body.

Updated : 2021-09-21 15:36 GMT+08:00