Shashi Tharoor gave an interview to the South Asian Journalist Association yesterday on Skype. UNSG.org has the link and details (also, SAJAForum). One of the things that has struck us about his interview was his statements on transparency, a subject that is near and dear to our heart and that we’ve written a fair amount on recently. He pointed out that this has been the most transparent UNSG selection process in quite a while. In particular he points out:
- The public criteria for nomination.
- The open (and notorious?) campaigning across the world. (We have highlighted the trips and actions of Surakiart Sathirathai and Ban Ki-moon in particular. Details here)
- Discussion in public fora and private conversations.
- An informal, but perhaps solid, timetable.
As the world considers over the next several months how this will continue, we encourage NGOs and the academic community, especially in NYC, to consider these questions.