73 UNGA: Statement by Cuba at thematic meeting on the selection and appointment of the Secretary-General and other executive heads, held within framework of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization of the Work of General Assembly. NY, April 16, 2019.

Co-chairs,

We appreciate the convening of this thematic debate and take this opportunity to recognize both Co-Chairs for the good conduct of the work of the Working Group during this period.

Cuba associates itself with the statement delivered by Algeria on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement. 

In its national capacity, my delegation reiterates that the selection and appointment of the Secretary-General, as well as other executive heads, must conform with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the rules of procedure of the principal organs of the Organization, especially the General Assembly, as well as the provisions of its relevant resolutions, in particular on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly.

With regard to the process of selecting the Secretary-General, we reiterate the importance of concerted, inclusive and transparent work between the Security Council and the General Assembly, taking into account, as established in the Charter of the United Nations, that the Secretary-General will be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.

Given the importance attached to the Security Council's recommendation, the proposed candidate presented by that body to the Assembly is required to meet the main requirement for election, which in our view lies in the candidate's firm commitment to the purposes and principles of the United Nations, coupled with his or her integrity, experience, efficiency, leadership and management capacity.  

In this regard, we welcome the holding of informal dialogues and meetings with the candidates for the post of Secretary-General in 2016, in order to contribute to the transparency and inclusiveness of the process. This practice agreed at the 69th session under resolution A/69/321 should be maintained in future selection processes for that post, allowing for direct interaction among candidates, the General Assembly and other interested parties. 

Co-Chairs,

The selection and appointment of both the Secretary-General and other executive heads should be based on best practices and the full participation of all Member States. The mechanism to report to the membership about each stage of the process should be effective and timely.

At the same time, it must be a responsive mechanism that is enriched through the recommendations of the Member States. We recognize the valuable contribution of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization in this matter.

In relation to the appointment of executive heads, we reiterate that equitable geographical distribution and representation as well as gender balance must be ensured. We seize this opportunity to congratulate the Secretary-General on the merit of achieving gender parity in senior positions in the Organization’s Secretariat for the first time in history.

I conclude by reiterating our willingness to continue supporting the process of revitalizing the General Assembly to consolidate its democratic and participatory character.              

Thank you very much.