Letter to the Editor: From Kathryn White, president and CEO, United Nations Association in Canada, Ottawa
Time To Select A Woman To Head United Nations
The process to select a new United Nations secretary general is now racing to conclusion. The Security Council begins a decisive round of polls Wednesday.
The front-runner of 10 contenders remains former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, although Bulgarian European Union vice-president Kristalina Georgieva has shaken the mix by joining at the last second. Georgieva is a strong candidate.
It is imperative that the Security Council selects an able, well-qualified candidate to recommend to the General Assembly for formal election. The United Nations Association in Canada is firmly among a large global community that believes it is time a woman occupies that position when the incumbent, Ban Ki-moon, leaves on Dec. 31. Notably, Mr. Ban himself has called for a woman to succeed him.
After seven decades of men in this post, it is past time to select a woman. It takes nothing away from the qualities of several men in the running to argue that there are equally strong, capable women who have been nominated.
As a national civil-society organization committed to a strong, effective United Nations, UNA-Canada believes in the importance of the United Nations, in the role of the its secretary general, and the impact she can have on the fulfilment of the UN’s purposes and principles.