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Why I Should Run the U.N.: 5 Candidate Profiles

NY Times :: 28 September, 2006 The United Nations selects its next secretary general this fall through a series of straw polls. The third of these — the most decisive to date — will be held today. In the vote, the 15 members of the Security Council “encourage,” “discourage” or venture “no opinion” on each of the candidates. To win, a candidate must have at least nine encouraging votes and no discouragement from any of the five permanent members of the Security Council. The winner is then presented to the General Assembly for ratification.

David Suter

The Op-Ed page asked all seven candidates to respond to two questions. First, we asked them to discuss an avoidable mistake the United Nations had made within the last five years. Second, we asked them what major reform they would undertake as secretary general. Five candidates gave us their answers.


Go Global

Only if the United Nations has the will to change itself can it change the world.


The Darfur Gap

The prevention of genocide and ethnic cleansing is central to human security in all its dimensions, and it is crucial to the United Nations’ founding mandate.


Climate of Distrust

Only by establishing trust in the organization can we make the United Nations the instrument of global choice for addressing the problems of our time.


Developing Goals

To make the United Nations more effective, we need to streamline its management, making it more accountable and transparent.


Remember Timor

If the United Nations can act to support democratic forces in post-conflict societies, we will help fulfill the founding ideals of our Charter.

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This entry was posted on 30 September, 2006 by in Elections, International cooperation, International Law, Israel Watch, Politics and Psychology, UN.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"