Appointment Of Woman As Next U.N. Secretary General ‘Would Be Powerfully Symbolic’

New York Times: The Push for a Woman to Run the U.N.
Editorial Board

“…The appointment of the civil servant who serves as the next head of the United Nations should be more transparent. It would be powerfully symbolic to appoint a woman to the helm of an organization created 70 years ago to tackle the world’s most pressing problems through diplomacy and global consensus. … Whether or not the process is overhauled, dozens of members of the United Nations are pressing for a woman to succeed [current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon] … The United States, which is represented at the United Nations by Samantha Power, who has championed women’s rights, should be a vocal supporter [of Colombia’s effort to put forward women for the job]. … There is no shortage of distinguished women who would revitalize the role of secretary general and energize the organization’s ongoing efforts to promote gender equality” (8/22).

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