People should have a say in electing the new UN head

Al Jazeera

We are about to elect a new secretary-general for the United Nations. But, "we the people", despite our prominence at the opening of the UN Charter, have almost nothing to do with filling one of the most important public posts in the world; nor, indeed, will the successful candidate be compelled to look after the interests of the world's seven billion people. Today, the UN Security Council - one of the opaquest bodies in the global governance system - is set to conduct its third informal "straw poll" to gauge levels of support for each candidate. At the last count, the results of this secret ballot, leaked to the media by member states, suggested the process was stalling with serious questions hanging over the viability of all but one candidate, the former Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres. Eventually, although we won't be privy to exactly how or why, the Security Council will "recommend" a candidate to the General Assembly for rubber-stamping.

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