Among other names, The Guardian will host a debate among different candidates including:
- Vesna Pusić (Croatia),
- Srgjan Kerim (Macedonia),
- Igor Lukšić (Montenegro),
- Irina Bokova (Bulgaria), who is also director general of Unesco,
- Natalia Gherman (Moldova),
- Danilo Türk, a former Slovenian president and assistant UN secretary general,
- António Guterres, the former head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, who became a prominent figure around the world during the refugee crisis.