United Nations seek to have female Secretary General

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NEW YORK: The United Nations has kicked off the process to elect the next Secretary-General, with the Security Council and General Assembly making an unprecedented call to member states to recommend women candidates for the post. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, is due to step down at the end of 2016 after serving two five-year terms. The job customarily rotates between regions, with Eastern Europe next on the list. The 15-member Security Council, including veto powers China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France, traditionally considers an undisclosed list behind closed doors and recommends a candidate to be elected by the General Assembly. The two also made a special emphasis on the need for member states to nominate women candidates for the job. President Lykketoft said that so far two candidates had been put forward for selection Croatia woman Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic and former UN General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim of Macedonia. (NYT)

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