The Secretary-General We Deserve?

Global Governance (2015), Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 505-513

Posted: 18 Jun 2015 Last revised: 4 Nov 2015

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Simon Chesterman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2015


As the United Nations prepares to select its ninth Secretary-General, who will succeed Ban Ki-moon after his term concludes on 31 December 2016, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the nature of the office, the eight men who have held it, and the manner in which the ninth occupant of the thirty-eighth floor of UN Headquarters in New York will be chosen. Encouraged by social media and a series of campaigns for greater transparency and diversity in the selection process, there has been much optimism that this time will be different. Most of that optimism — but not all — is misplaced.

Keywords: Secretary-General, United Nations, international organizations, international law, global governance

Suggested Citation

Chesterman, Simon, The Secretary-General We Deserve? (November 1, 2015). Global Governance (2015), Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 505-513, Available at SSRN:

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