Civil society questions for UN Secretary-General Candidates
The President of the General Assembly (PGA) organized informal dialogues between UN Member States and candidates for UN Secretary-General. The Office of the PGA requested UN-NGLS to facilitate a process with civil society to provide questions that can be asked to candidates during these dialogues. Civil society was invited to contribute questions via Twitter or Instagram using #UNSGcandidates, or send them via an online form here. More than 1500 questions were received from over 100 countries. Two to three questions from civil society were asked of each candidate during their UNGA dialogue. The first round of dialogues with nine candidates took place 12-14 April 2016; a second round of dialogues took place with two new candidates on 7 June; a third round took place with one candidate on 14 July, and a fourth with one candidate on 3 October. A Global Townhall took place in UN General Assembly Hall on 12 July with all candidates, organized by the PGA in partnership with Al Jazeera media network. The Global Townhall included two questions from civil society. In addition, all candidates have been asked to answer 10 questions from civil society posted on the President of the General Assembly's web site here. View the videos of civil society asking questions of each of the SG candidates in the April, June and July UNGA dialogues, and the candidates' responses here. Please click Read More below to learn how the questions from civil society were selected from among those submitted.