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WANTED: Women to run for office of UN secretary-general

Wed, Dec 16, 2015, 01:47 PM
United Nations, Dec 16: The election process for the next UN secretary-general that could see a woman ascend to the leadership of the world body has been launched with the promise of openness and universal involvement.

Assembly president Mogens Lykettoft and Council president Samantha Power on Tuesday called for nominations of women for the office with the assurance of an unprecedented open, democratic process that could erode the the P-5's secretive, firm control of the election.

For the first time in the UN's history, members will be directly involved in the election of its head, Lykettoft told reporters.

"Convinced of the need to guarantee equal opportunities for women and men in gaining access to senior decision-making positions, member-states are encouraged to consider presenting women, as well as men, as candidates for the position of secretary- general," Lykettoft and Power wrote in a joint letter to all the UN members. "We note the regional diversity in the selection of previous secretaries-general."

Several organisations and leaders have been lobbying for a woman to head the UN.
Agency: IANS
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