Race for Secretary General
After the first and second “straw polls” by the Security Council, Antonio Guterres, former Portuguese prime minister and a past head of the UN’s refugee organization was the clear leader both times. In the second straw vote round, in second place was Vuk Jeremic, a dynamic former Serbian foreign minister and a former president of the UN General Assembly. Third was Susana Malcorra, the foreign minister of Argentina, until recently the chief of staff for Ban Ki-moon —and the only woman to make the second ballot “short list,” despite a strong preference voiced by a majority of U.N. member states that the next secretary general be a woman. Before the final decision, there will be several rounds of straw polls in the Security Council. The final pick from the remaining candidates will probably be in October, and the new secretary general will succeed Ban Ki-moon on January 1 for a term of five years. The other candidates are, in order of votes received, Danilo Turk (Slovenia); Irina Bokova, the director of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Sergjan Kerim, (Macedonia); and Helen Clark, the former New Zealand prime minister and head of the UN Development Program; Cristiana Figueres of Costa Rica, who championed the UN climate change operation; Natalie Gherman. (Moldova); Miroslav Lajčák, (Slovakia); and Igor Lukšić, (Montenegro). Vesna Pusić, a professor and former foreign minister of Croatia, withdrew her candidacy in early August.
–Ces Martin NDS