Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?

Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?

A minute of silence in memory of the victims in Norway before the opening of a two-day High-level Meeting on Youth, as part of the International Year of Youth (under agenda item 27 (b) (Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, aging, disabled persons and the family).

Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?

– Ban Ki-moon set to step down as the United Nations Secretary-General.

– Customarily, the Security Council appoint the Secretary General

– Custom dictates that the appointments of new UN Secretary General rotates by region.

Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?
Ban Ki-moon

Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?

The current Secretary-General of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is set to step down on January 1, 2017.

For the first time ever, the race to succeed him is being played out in the open, at least in theory.

Customarily, the Secretary-General is appointed by the Security Council but on Tuesday, the eight current  candidates will begin making their pitch for the job. Though, more may emerge later in the year.

They were asked to set out their vision before the General Assembly in New York and answer questions from the representatives and those submitted via the social media.

The job description states: “Equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and CEO, the Secretary-General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and spokesperson for the interests of the world’s peoples.”


The significant number of Eastern Europeans vying for the role gives credence to the custom of the appointment which stipulates that the appointment rotates by region. The US and UK have also been loud in calling for a woman to take the reigns of the UN for the first time in its 70 year history. Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?

Although, there is technically no limit to number of five-year terms a Secretary-General may serve, none so far has held office for more than two terms.

The current candidates contesting for the seat of the world’s top diplomat are;

  • Igor Luksic, 39 who is the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Montenegro. 


  • Irina Bokova, 63, Director General of UNESCO, Bulgaria.


  • Antonio Guterres, 66, Portugal, High commissioner for refugees, until December 2015. 


  • Danilo Turk, 64, Slovenia, President of Slovenia, until December 2012.


  • Vesna Pusic, 62, Croatia, Foreign minister, until January 2016.


  • Natalia Gherman, 47, Moldova, Foreign minister, until January 2016.


  • Helen Clark, 66, New Zealand, Prime minister, until November 2008, then administrator of UNDP.


  • Srgjan Kerim, 67, Macedonia, Foreign minister, until May 2001.

Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?

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