Current Selection Process

The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly under the recommendation of the Security Council, subject to veto by the five permanent members, for renewable five-year terms. No UNSG has served more than two terms. There is currently no concrete process, timeline or formal candidate criteria, although traditionally the Secretary-General has been selected based on an informal system of regional rotation, according to which the next SG should come from Asia. Generally, names are submitted to the Security Council, which then meets to discuss candidates and may utilize straw polls to determine where support lies through votes that either encouraged or discouraged a candidacy.

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