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The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

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Mr Chairman, 

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States. 

The Acceding Country Croatia*, the Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro* and Iceland†, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this declaration.  

I would like to express our gratitude for the convening of this thematic meeting devoted to the “Role and Responsibility of the General Assembly in the Selection and Appointment of the Secretary General and other Executive Heads of the United Nations System”.  

As we have stressed in previous sessions, the European Union and its Member States attach paramount importance to the full implementation of the provisions of Article 97 of the Charter, Rule 141 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly and General Assembly resolutions 11 (I) of 24 January 1946, 51/241 and 60/286, relevant to the role of the General Assembly in appointing the Secretary-General upon the recommendation of the Security Council. 

We share the view expressed in resolution 60/286 which emphasizes, bearing in mind the provisions of Article 97 of the Charter, the need for the process of selection of the Secretary-General to be transparent and inclusive of all Member States. We also agree that the President of the General Assembly could play a role in the process, in particular in informally consulting with Member States. Interaction with Member States could be facilitated by the presentation of candidatures for the position of Secretary-General in a manner that allows sufficient time for interaction with Member States. 

Mr Chairman, 

The EU and its Member States take note of the report of the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) of 2009 on the “selection and conditions of service of executive heads in the United Nations system organizations”. In order to enhance transparency and credibility of the selection process and to make the process more inclusive of all UN Member States, the JIU recommended, inter alia, that the legislative bodies of the United Nations, specialized agencies and IAEA, which have not yet done so, conduct hearings/meetings with candidates running for the post of executive head.  

It can be noted that with regards to the selection of the Secretary-General, the report stated: the selection process of the Secretary-General is unique in comparison with that of the other executive heads, given the role of the Security Council and in particular of its permanent members.  

Finally, we would like to reiterate our conviction that the principles of transparency, inclusivity and interaction with Member States enshrined in the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly help ensuring that the candidates for the post of Secretary-General possess and display, inter alia, commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, extensive leadership and administrative and diplomatic experience.  

I thank you.


* Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

† Iceland continues to be a member of the EFTA and of the European Economic Area.


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