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ASEF Lecture

The Choice For A New United Nations Secretary-General: A Challenge For Asia

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13 Jun 06 - 13 Jun 06 Asia-Europe Foundation Governance & Economy Department ASEF Lecture Governance & Human Rights



Delivered by journalist Richard Werly, this lecture focused on the challenges that lay ahead for the next United Nations Secretary-General. Based on his observations and discussions with various sources, Werly asserted that one of the most important challenges was that the new UN chief had to be a consensus builder, reuniting the organisation and bridging the different opinions and interests among all the member states. There is also the management challenge of implementing reforms, which are currently far from being put into place or accepted, as well as transforming the world body into a cost-efficient organisation. Lastly, there is the credibility challenge, whereby upholding human rights and preventing disasters (natural and human-made) would remain at the very core of the UN's objectives.

The lecture was attended by 35 people from the diplomatic corps, the academe, and members of civil society in Singapore


Mr. Richard Werly, Accredited Journalist, UN Headquarters, Geneva


The Singapore Institute for International Affairs (SIIA)