UN to vote on lifting some secrecy around choosing top job

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Posted: Sep 03, 2015 11:37 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote next week on an effort to remove some secrecy around selecting the U.N. secretary-general.

A draft resolution was finalized late Wednesday and has been obtained by The Associated Press. If approved, the presidents of the assembly and the Security Council would for the first time give member states lists of candidates for the U.N.'s top job and their resumes.

And for the first time, the General Assembly would have the chance to meet and question candidates.

Until now, the Security Council has essentially picked the U.N. chief in a closed meeting and handed the name to the General Assembly for its approval.

Ban Ki-moon's term is up at the end of 2016. Some want to see the first female secretary-general replace him.