United Nations Secretary-General

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:16 am on 14th July 2005.

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Photo of Lord Judd Lord Judd Labour 11:16 am, 14th July 2005

My Lords, does my noble friend agree that overall we have been well served by Secretaries-General of the United Nations but that, every day, global events underline the crucial significance of the appointment? The high level report on the future of the United Nations has emphasised that. Would the Minister not therefore agree that now is the time to seek political agreement—as widespread as possible—on the criteria and character of the person for whom we are looking? That is so that, next time, we can have a strong, effective Secretary-General and not be subjected to a political compromise cobbled together at the last moment.