Entitled: “Leading the United Nations: A Global Townhall with UN Secretary-General candidates”, the event will take place on Tuesday, 12 July 2016, from 6.00p.m – 9.00p.m EST and be webcast and broadcast live by UN TV and Al Jazeera Media Network across multiple broadcast and social media channels.
Ten of the 12 official candidates, nominated by their governments to take over at the helm of the UN Secretariat when current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leaves at the end of the year, will be engaged in a wide-ranging 60-minute discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the organization. They will each be given the opportunity at the start to make their case for the job and explain their vision.
The General Assembly Hall’s 1,900 seats are expected to be filled to capacity with ambassadors, diplomats, UN staff, journalists and leaders from business and civil society. UN-accredited journalists are also invited to film and record from the media booths.
The 10-confirmed candidates will be split into two groups of five (determined by draw of lots) for a one-hour discussion and Q and A led by moderators James Bays and Folly Bah Thibault from Al Jazeera English. Questions to the candidates from Member States and the global public will come from the floor and via video from around the world.
The first group will include Vesna Pusić (Croatia), António Guterres (Portugal) Susana Malcorra (Argentina), Vuk Jeremic (Serbia) and Natalia Gherman (Moldova).
The second group will feature Helen Clark (New Zealand), Danilo Turk (Slovenia), Christiana Figueres (Costa Rica), Igor Lukšić (Montenegro) and Irina Bokova (Bulgaria).
The two candidates unable to attend the event in New York are Srgjan Kerim (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and Miroslav Lajčák (Slovak Republic). However, both have been invited to send video messages that can be used in the event.
Both UN Television and Al Jazeera will provide broadcast feeds and UN Web TV will stream the event live online and on mobile devices at webtv.un.org. Al Jazeera will broadcast, stream and report across its global broadcast and digital platforms.
This Townhall event is distinct from the UN General Assembly mandated two-hour informal dialogues with candidates that have taken place over the past few months and that will continue to be held as further candidates are presented. The next one of those will be on Thursday 14 July at 11am EST when Christiana Figueres will take her turn.
More information about the process to select the next Secretary-General can be found athttp://www.un.org/pga/70/sg/
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