It is time for the UK to stand up for what is in Britain's national interest and make it crystal clear that it will veto Ms. Malcorra candidacy. Not only over concerns over the Falkland Islands, but also because her track record serving at the very top of the UN during a scandal revealed her poor character.
The Paris climate accord, signed by 175 countries in April, was a high point of success for the United Nations. The U.N. has also managed to focus governments around the world on sustainable development goals. Yet, on the security side of the equation, for which the U.N. was principally founded, the record is largely one of failure. (continued)
At a time when the UN's relevance is being questioned and its effectiveness criticised, it will be critically important for the next Secretary-General to be the best person for this unique role, a proven leader who is chosen for competence, experience and knowledge of world affairs rather than their birth place.
It is our obligation to protect and to empower women, to end violence, including sexual violence, and to safeguard women's role in our societies. There can be no excuse for the appalling crimes of sexual violence. The UN has to show its strong commitment to ending impunity for violence against women and girls.
It is painfully evident that the UN's current capacity to provide humanitarian relief, support, and assistance in the face of recent crises has proven to be inadequate. As Secretary-General, I would act decisively to mobilize sufficient resources on the part of the UN System to support affected populations around the world.
On 11 September, the five permanent members (P5) of the 15-member United Nations Security Council, under pressure from the broader membership of the 193-member Organization, accepted an intrusive role for the General Assembly, in which all members are represented, in the selection of the Secretary-General (SG), heretofore handled in zealous secrecy by the Security Council.
Appointing a woman would show that the UN means what it says about the importance of gender equality as an instrument of wider change. The role that women and girls play in alleviating poverty and building a safe and productive society cannot be understated. Thankfully there are several qualified women candidates.