FIDH joined two coalitions of civil society mobilized around the election of the most important position of the United Nations, whose immense task will be to respond to the largest and most complex problems that we and the world are faced with. Seven billion people worldwide are affected by the decisions he or she takes. However, the Secretary General is chosen in secret by only five countries in a process that until now remained opaque and obsolete.
For a transparent and inclusive election, promoting gender equality and diversity
FIDH is a member of the 1 for 7 Billion Campaign, which requires that the selection of the Secretary-General be
Focused on producing the best possible candidate
Held in a timely and structured manner
Based on formal selection criteria and qualifications
Designed to promote gender parity and grounded in best practice on equality and diversity, including encouraging candidates from all regions
Transparent to the wider UN membership
Transparent to civil society, the general public and media
Inclusive for all members of the General Assembly and open to appropriate input from civil society
The first public hearing of the candidates in this regard represents a victory and a decisive turning point. To learn more about the campaign click here.
Make human rights a priority
The new Secretary-General of the United Nations will inherit a large range of challenges to human rights. It is extremely important that he or she places human rights at the heart of the agenda of the United Nations.
FIDH and Amnesty International, CIVICUS, the World Centre for the Responsibility to protect, Human Rights Watch, and the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy have called for eight key human rights priorities that we would like the candidates for the new Secretary-General to publicly embrace during the selection process:
Strengthen the impact of the United Nations on human rights
Champion the rights of marginalized people
Seek to prevent and end mass atrocity crimes
Defend civil society
Ensure gender equality
Deliver a new deal for refugees and migrants
End the death penalty
To read about each of these priorities in more detail,click here.