December 10, 2016: A seminar on the new UN Secretary-General and new challenges to the UN

On the 10th of December 2016 WHD held a seminar to discuss a recent material sent by our representative in New York titled “New UN Secretary-General and new challenges to UN in connection with new US Administration”.
 
Michael Golubnichiy focused his attention on the appointment of the new UN Secretary-General and his promise to make UN policy more efficient to achieve new goals of the 2nd UN Development Decade, adopted at the current session of the UN General Assembly. One of the goals which the new Secetary-General promised to achieve was to create gender parity in seniour UN positions. It was recalled inter alia that two years ago a movement within the Secretariat to elect a woman as a new UN Secretary-General gain momentum. At the request of the movement organizers WHD proposed Mrs. Elizabeth Glinka to the post of the UN Secretary-General.

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Photo: Elizabeth Glinka, our nominee to the post of the UN Secretary-General. She died on 25.12.2016 in Christmas time tragedy when TU-154 plane went down into the balck sea shortly after departure from Sochi airport. She was heading for Syria to rent the medical assistance to the Syrian children, victims of the civil war.

Elizabeth Glinka was a Doctor who is deeply engaged in charity programs, both national and international. For better or for worth the tide to elect a woman as a Secretary-General lost its strength.
According to the figures availbale to the department of public information of the UN Secretariat, over 20% of the top positions in the UN Secretariat are occupied by women, though in the year of 2000 the target was 50%.
Such issues as climate change and international cooperation are also of considerable importance. The matter is that the new American Administration indicated intention to change American policy to such matters as climate change, international cooperation and globalization, upon which the UN community seemed to have consensus. Of course the Middle East situation reflected particular interest during the discussion, in view of disagreement with the current Administration and the Administration which is to take over during a few weeks.
We refer in this matter to the recent anti-Israel resolution taken by the UN Security Council.
The American Administration to come indicated its clear intention to run the full support to Israel. Israel said that he would ignore the resolution, and Israel did it also in the past - in 1967  when international community adopted resolution 242 by overwhelming majority. But now overall situation is mor pro-Israeli as many Middle-East countries de-facto now do not exist. Syria which used to be a strong play in Middle-East affairs is currently fighting against ISIS, while in the sixties it was fighting for the return of Golan hights.


The discussion was summorized by putting a few questions:

Question 1:
“Is it possible to return in the United Nations to the situation which existed in the sixties following the Six-days War?”
Overwhelming majority said “No”, due to an international terrorism and civil war situation in many Midle-East countries. 


Question 2: “How important and influential the post of the UN Secretary-General can be in the current political system?”
The answer was “much depends upon the personal qualities of the UN Seceretary-General and emergence of more favourable alighnment forces in the United Nations.
 
Question 3: “Will the matters of the Peace and International Security remain to stay in  the center of the activity of the United Nations?”
The answer is as follows: “The United Nations was established to maintain international Peace and Security and it remains to stay this way for the future to come, as it has a strong basis for the implementation of this job, UN Security Council and veto power for its permanent members.