A Conversation with the Next Candidates for the UN Secretary General


The post of United Nations Secretary-General is said to be the world's most impossible job. But it is also one of the most important.

For the first time in UN history, candidates will openly compete in two hustings to be the next UN Secretary-General, publicly outlining their vision for the future of the UN.

From climate change to armed conflict, extremism to pandemics, many of the world' most defining problems transcend borders and require global solutions. In an increasingly polarized world facing multiple threats, only the UN can step up to meet these complex challenges. A Secretary-General can save lives. We need the best possible person for the job: a highly-qualified and visionary leader, equipped to deal with crises the world over.

Join New America, in partnership with UNA-UK and The Guardian, on Wednesday, April 13, for the first of two historic debates with the candidates for the next Secretary-General.

6:30 P.M: Doors open
7:00 P.M. – 8:45 P.M.: Debate

Welcoming Remarks:

Suzanne DiMaggio
Director and Senior Fellow, New America NYC

Natalie Samarasinghe
Executive Director, United Nations Association – UK


Vesna Pusić
Former Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Republic of Croatia

Danilo Türk
Former President, Republic of Slovenia

Natalia Gherman
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Moldova

Igor Lukš
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Montenegro


Mark Rice-Oxley
Head of Special Projects, The Guardian

Julian Borger
World Affairs Editor, The Guardian

Closing Remarks:

Thomas G. Weiss
Co-director, Future United Nations Development System

Space is limited. Please join the conversation online using #UNSecGen and by following @NewAmericaNYC.

This event is presented in partnership with The Guardian and the United Nations Association – UK, and the Future UN Development System.