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Fourth Thematic Debate (Selection and Appointment of the UN Secretary-General) of the Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on the Revitalization of the Work of the GA

Friday, 23 April 2021
Minister Angelito A. Nayan, Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations
New York, USA


Distinguished Co-Chairs,[1]

The Philippines aligns itself with the Statement made by Algeria, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Today’s fourth thematic debate on the selection and appointment of the UN Secretary-General under the revitalization agenda highlights the pivotal role of the United Nations Chief as he or she embarks on a most challenging mission of helping address three major 21st century challenges – economic development, human rights and sustaining peace – in a pandemic environment.  We wish to submit the following points:

  • First, resolution 74/303[2] must be implemented faithfully to ensure a transparent, objective and inclusive selection process. The Philippines therefore supports continuing timely informal dialogues and town hall meetings with the candidates for the position of the UN Secretary-General.
  • Second, we reiterate our support for the Member States’ proposal to come up with a compendium of best practices and lessons learned on the selection and appointment process for the Secretary-General. This compendium should include a clear timetable for the selection process, made public as early as possible by the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council to coincide with the call for nominees.
  • Third, we further emphasize that the Secretary-General must be accorded independence in selecting senior UN officials, while adhering to the highest standards in these appointments, and ensuring equal and fair distribution on the basis of gender- and geographical balance.


The Philippines remains actively engaged to help ensure the success of the selection process for the United Nations’ chief diplomat and civil servant, world moderator and chief administrative officer known for moral, intellectual and political leadership.

Thank you.


[1] The Co-Chairs of the Working Group: El Salvador PR H.E. Ms. Egriselda Araceli González López and Slovakia PR H.E. Mr. Michal Mlynár

[2] A/RES/74/303: “Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly” adopted on 04 September 2020.