The day after his nomination, Shashi spoke to UNA-USA on UN reform:
Mr. Tharoor believes his nomination – in particular the way it was presented – is the first example of the new, more open process of nominating a Secretary General. The process has started out much more transparently and openly than in the past, when decisions were made in secret conversations held in 'smoke-filled rooms'. States are hoping the change the process in other ways as well – suggestions have emerged for having hearings or consultations with candidates, in front of member states or regional groups.
Unfortunately, UNA-USA did not report many of his comments on reform. It seems that making statements on reform is a necessary part of the campaign (see Ban's and Dhanapala's). We do not believe we've heard anything from Sathirathai.
With the evidence suggesting that Shashi is the candidate of the NGO and UN insider crowd, we wonder how many more events like this will be sponsored by UN related groups.