UN70 recommendations presented to next UN Secretary General

Representatives of the UN70 initative, including New Zealand and Norway met Secretary-General-Designate Mr. António Guterres and his transition team in New York, 3 November.

In the meeting with Mr. Guterres the group discussed how it can support the next Secretary-General and his team in the coming months.

The eight partner countries to the UN70 initative form a cross-regional group that has discussed UN reform issues and the agenda of the next UN Secretary-General for one and a half year. The group has developed and agreed upon an agenda for global leadership. This is a set of recommendations and proposals on a range of issues.

The five recommendations presented to the next Secretary-General was:

1. Be your own boss: invest in your relationship with member states but be independent.

2. Be our number one diplomat: use all diplomatic tools available.

3. Be our chief global activist: be the champion and cheerleader of the sustainable development goals and the implementation of the Paris agreement.

4. Be the advocate for the world’s 65 million displaced people: promote a stronger, more coherent approach to achieve durable solutions to major refugee and migration flows

5. Be a leader in integrating human rights into all UN activities: ensure the promotion of gender equality as part of the human rights culture in the UN system.

Mr. Guterres will become Secretary-General on 1 January 2017. He was formally appointed to the position 13 October 2016 after a unanimous recommendation from the Security Council. Mr. Guterres is former Prime Minister of Portugal and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Read the joint statement at the informal meeting with the Secretary-General-designate António Guterres, 19 October 2016.

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