Although the formal rules of decision are still the same as before, there is good reason to hope that this new transparency will change the election for the better. Unlike earlier years, the public has now a chance to form an opinion: we know which candidates there are to choose from and what objectives they represent. This, in turn, also increases the pressure on the governments in the UN Security Council to publicly justify their decision for one or the other contender. It has become a bit more difficult to purposefully select a weak and convenient (for the great powers) candidate, because it is clear now what the alternatives would have looked like.
Therefore, the election of the new Secretary-General shall be the occasion for a new series of guest articles on this blog, which will explore the prospects of UN reform. Representatives from politics, academia and civil society are going to respond to the question: “If you could change one thing about the functioning of the United Nations, what would it be?”
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