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Civil society questions for UN Secretary-General Candidates

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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.

UN-NGLS facilitates a gender and regionally balanced civil society Committee (convened through an application process) to review all questions submitted and create a short-list of 30 questions for each of the General Assembly dialogues. From the short-list, the Office of the President of the General Assembly chooses 2-3 questions to ask of each candidate. Since the process opened on 26 February 2016, more than 1500 questions have been submitted from over 100 countries via social media using #UNSGcandidates, an online form and email. All questions are published online as they are received. The current list of official SG candidates and the schedule for the dialogues can be found on the PGA's website. The list of members of the Civil Society Committee, and links to videos of the questions asked so far in the dialogues are below. Questions submitted by 6 July were considered for use during the Global Townhall event at UN Headquarters. Stakeholders could apply to attend the Global Townhall by 10 July here

All candidates have been asked by the President of the General Assembly to respond to 10 civil society questions from this process: http://www.un.org/pga/70/sg/10-questions-for-all-candidates/

In addition, individual candidates have been each asked 2-3 questions from civil society during the UN General Assembly dialogues with them:

Civil society questions asked to candidate Kristalina Georgieva:

John Ede - Ohaha Family Foundation - Nigeria

Sarah Case - International Rescue Committee - Canada

Raphael Obonyo - Youth Congress; World Bank Youth & Anti-Corruption Global Coordinating Board - Kenya

Civil society questions asked to candidate Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica:

Prabhavathy Ramakrishnan - India

Rania Nasr - Lebanon - Child Rights International Network (CRIN)

Iffat Gill - Pakistan - The Code to Change

Civil society questions asked to candidate Susana Malcorra of Argentina:

Joanna Manganara - Greece - International Alliance of Women

Lidija Vuckovic - Serbia - Center for Human Rights

Ilya Bañares - Philippines / China - Student

Civil society questions asked to candidate Miroslav Lajčak of Slovenia:

Netsai Mushonga - Zimbabwe

Dusan Jasovsky - Sweden - ReAct, Action on Antibiotic Resistance

Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls - Fiji - FemLink Pacific

Civil society questions asked to candidate Igor Lukšić of Montenegro:

Mabelly Guerrero - Dominican Republic - Global Citizen

Archie Lappin (9 years old) - Thailand

Civil society questions asked to candidate Irina Bokova of Bulgaria:

Cosette Maiky - Lebanon
Lebanese American University - Faculty

Caitlin Reid - Canada
Canadian International Council & World Blind Union

Katie Busby (12 years old) - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Her teacher Ms. Sarah Maile had her whole class of 11 & 12 year olds at Sandbach High School in the UK submit questions, and Katie's was chosen

Civil society questions asked to candidate António Guterres of Portugal:

Tracey Whare - Australia
Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust & Maoi Law Society

Malick Lingani - Burkina Farso
BEOG NEERE (A Better Future)

Civil society questions sked to candidate Danilo Türk of Slovenia:

Rahul Kumar - India
Green Dream Earth    

Daniela Rangel - Mexico    
Gender Equity; Women's Major Group    


Civil society questions asked to candidate Vesna Pusić of Republic of Croatia:    

Leonardo Buzzi - 13 years old- Brazil
Class project led by teaqcher Cleiton Baldo - Colégio Dom Bosco, Rio do Sul, Santa Catarina

Sabin Muzaffar - United Arab Emirates    
UN Women's Empower Women Global Champion for Women Economic Empowerment & Ananke    

Celine Paramunda - India/United States    
Medical Mission Sisters    


Civil society questions asked to candidate Natalia Gherman of Republic of Moldova:

Angelique Pouponneau - Seychelles    
Commonwealth Youth Council    

Harriet Ngendanabo - Uganda    


Civil society questions asked to candidate Vuk Jeremić of Republic of Serbia

Jane Alver - Australia    
WYCA Australia & Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at University of Canberra    

Jill Christianson - United States    
National Education Association & Education International    

Civil society questions asked to candidate Helen Clark of New Zealand:  

Wardarina - Indonesia    
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development    

Alice Thomas - United States    
Refugees International     

Dr. Dalem Chandra Barman - Bangladesh    
ASA University Bangladesh    

Civil society questions asked to candidate Srgjan Kerim of Republic of Macedonia

Lakpa Nuri Sherpa - Nepal    
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact    

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma - Burkina Faso    
Abze Solar    

Letícia Meyer - 14 years old - Brazil
Class project led by teacher Cleiton Baldo - Colégio Dom Bosco, Rio do Sul    


Civil society questions during the 12 July Global Townhall Debate

Sister Theresa Kotturan - India - NGO Sisters of Charity Federation

Cristian Piehowiak - 13 years old - Brazil
Class project led by teacher Cleiton Baldo - Colégio Dom Bosco, Rio do Sul


Civil Society Committee Members:

Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu - A World at School - Cameroon
Kate Lappin - Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) - Thailand / Australia
Kashmiri Stec - AYUDH - Poland / USA
Parsu Ram Rai - Blue Diamond Society - Nepal
Sabine Saliba - Child Rights International Network - Lebanon
Olumide Idowu - Climate Wednesday - Nigeria
Melina Lito - Equality Now  - Albania
Volker Lehmann - Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung - NY / Germany
Leonardo Párraga - Fundación BogotArt - Colombia
Mohammad Hassan    Mashori - Fundamental Human Rights & Rural Development Association FHRRDA - Pakistan
Peter van Tuijl - Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) - Netherlands
Mark Ross - Global Youth Movement - Guyana
Angela Muthama - Human Rights and Information Forum  - Kenya
Ben Homer - Innovation & Planning Agency - Austria / USA
Sandra Creamer - International Indigenous Womens Forum - Australia
Eleanor Openshaw - International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) - UK
Pefi Kingi - PACIFICWIN - New Zealand
Federica D'Alessandra - Public International Law & Policy Group - Italy
Hugh Dugan - Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy, Center for UN and Global Governance Studies - USA
Kirthi Jayakumar - The Red Elephant Foundation - India
Eleanor Blomstrom - Women's Environment and Development Organization - USA INGO
Ritah Muyambo - World YWCA - Zimbabwe

Learn more about the process, propose questions, and see all of the questions submitted so far here.

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