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Dear friends,

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will end his 10-year term in December 2016. The campaign for the next UN Secretary-General has begun.

In the past, the Security Council made a nomination and it was rubber stamped by the UN General Assembly. Now, for the first time ever, the nomination process will be open to all member States of the United Nations.
Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly, says that this new process ‘will give the general (UN) membership an increased, de facto power in selecting the Secretary-General.' Lykketoft also notes that the new process will provide an opportunity for Member States to meet the candidates and ask questions about their position on UN priorities, such as the Sustainable Development Agenda, peace and security, and other issues.

On December 15, Lykketoft and Samantha Power (then President of the UN Security Council) sent a letter to all UN member States outlining the new process and encouraging member states to include women as well as men in their nominations. The change has come about thanks to pressure from UN General Assembly members and the 1 for 7 Billion campaign.  
Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly, announcing the new process for selecting the next UN Secretary-General

Nuclear abolition and the candidates

The very first resolution of the UN called for the elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. See Time to implement UN Resolution 1 (1). Ban Ki-moon has advanced a Five Point Plan for Nuclear Disarmament and made nuclear disarmament a priority for his term. What are the positions of the candidates?
The UN has received two nominations to date. The 1 for 7 Billion campaign has listed a number of other candidates expected to be nominated. Some of these have been strong leaders for nuclear disarmament.

Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, received the Nuclear Free Future Award in 2002 for her leadership in New Zealand’s landmark nuclear abolition legislation. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, is a leader of the De-alerting Group – a group of countries campaigning to stand-down all nuclear forces, i.e. to end policies and operational readiness to use nuclear weapons within minutes. See Chile statement to the 2015 NPT Review Conference.
All of the candidates should be challenged to make nuclear disarmament a priority for their election campaign.
  • Call on your government to ask the candidates for UN Secretary General what they would do to implement the goal of nuclear abolition.
UNFOLD ZERO will provide updates on the candidates and their positions on nuclear disarmament.
Yours sincerely
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