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Next Secretary General?

Until this year the selection process for the UN Secretary General (SG) has been cloaked in secrecy and controlled1 by the “big five” of the Security Council—Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US. This year the process has been more open—there have been open interviews and debates, and on 21 July the first of a series of “straw polls” will be taken and will continue over the next few months in the Security Council. Even more exciting: there are six men and six women in the running. There has never been a woman SG!! The women candidates are from Argentina, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Moldova, and New Zealand.