The Appointment of the UN Secretary General

One individual to represent 7 billion. Is such a thing even possible? And what conceivable process could be representative enough to measure up to this ideal. This week’s podcast is about the recent appointment of a new United Nations Secretary General. How important is the appointment? What are we to make of the new Secretary General António Guterres? Will he in fact be able to accomplish anything? And why yet again has the UN refused to place a woman in charge? In order to learn more about this topic, Rupert Sparling spoke to Professor Simon Chesterman, Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore, Natalie Samarasinghe the Executive Director of the United Nations Association-UK (UNA-UK) and co-founder of the 1 for 7 Billion Campaign and Ourania Yancopoulos a journalist for Open Democracy and writer on the UN.