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    Choosing a new UN Secretary General



    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Candidates vying to become the next UN secretary-general fielded questions Tuesday on global crises -- from climate change to Middle East conflict -- during the first-ever hearings to choose the world's top diplomat.

    The United Nations opened the three days of public hearings in a packed chamber, breaking from the secrecy that has surrounded the choice of the UN chief throughout its 70-year history.

    Three of the nine contenders made their pitch to the General Assembly's 193 nations, laying out their vision as the successor to Ban Ki-moon, who will hand over on January 1.

    For decades, the choice of the UN chief has been firmly in the hands of the Security Council and its five permanent members -- Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States -- in a process largely kept behind closed doors.

    But the General Assembly last year voted to shake up the process, asking candidates to send a formal application letter, present their resumes and appear at hearings.

    The final decision to nominate a candidate still rests with the Security Council, but the new openness could put some pressure on big powers to pick a nominee with broader appeal.

    "This is a potentially game-changing exercise," General Assembly president Mogens Lykketoft told reporters.

    "If there is a critical mass of countries supporting one single candidate, I don't think we will see the Security Council coming up with quite a different name."

    Montenegro's Foreign Minister Igor Luksic -- at 39, the youngest of the candidates -- was up first, switching from English to French in an address that touched on his Balkan roots and ways to improve the UN bureaucracy.

    Bulgaria's Irina Bokova, who heads the UN cultural agency UNESCO, said the United Nations should do more to combat violence against women and stressed the importance of gender equality.

    Seen as Moscow's preferred candidate, the 63-year-old ex-foreign minister is considered a strong contender in the race that could see the first woman chosen as secretary-general and the first eastern European.

    Russia has said that the next UN chief should come from eastern Europe, the only region that has yet to be represented in the top post.

    During the two-hour session, Bokova steered clear of controversy and sought to portray herself as a candidate of continuity ready to "serve" UN member-states.

    On the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Bokova said she would work to "build trust and confidence" between the parties but stressed that on many complex issues, she did not have "the magic bullet."

    "You will see the new secretary-general serving you," Bokova said in her message to member-states.

    - Too many meetings -

    Former high commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres spoke bluntly about the UN's shortcomings, calling for a more results-orientated work culture.

    "Let's be clear: We have too many meetings, with too many people, discussing too many issues with too little decisions," said the former Portuguese prime minister.

    Recalling his work as a young volunteer in the slums of Lisbon, the 66-year-old pledged to act as "a convener, a facilitator, a catalyst, an honest broker, a bridge-builder and an ambassador for peace."

    The race to be UN secretary-general will pick up steam in July, when the Security Council begins the rounds of straw polls to measure support for the candidates.

    Final polling is expected to take place in September, when the 15-member council will submit one nominee to the General Assembly, which is expected to endorse the choice.

    Six more candidates will take part in hearings this week: Slovenia's former president Danilo Turk, the ex-foreign minister of Croatia Vesna Pusic and Natalia Gherman, the former foreign minister of Moldova.

    The head of the UN Development Programme and New Zealand's former prime minister Helen Clark will speak on Thursday, as will Macedonia's former foreign minister Srgjan Kerim.

    Serbia on Tuesday put forward former foreign minister Vuk Jeremic as a candidate and he will take part in hearings on Thursday.

    More candidates are expected to come forward, including two women seen as potential frontrunners -- EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria and Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra.

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    Keven Rudd, the former OZ prime minister, who was the second worst PM behind Julia Gillard in the country has been pissing in every ones pocket who is connected to voting.
    The slime bag would fit into the bombastic bullshit role like i would knock back a coopers stout.
    The Libs in power now have no intention of backing the blowhard,would rather the kiwi dyke get in, but a PC vote will win with western voters but not with the rest.

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    Tony Blair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Tony Blair?
    Beat me to it. But he is earning too much, but not enough for that greedy bloood thirsty [at][at][at][at].

    Obama. He is the chosen one that has most of the world conned into thinking he is a peacenik.

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    About time they picked a bint I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    Bulgaria's Irina Bokova, who heads the UN cultural agency UNESCO, said the United Nations should do more to combat violence against women and stressed the importance of gender equality.
    Only a female would make that pitch. What about the other 50% of the population?
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    Tony Blair?
    Wash your mouth out with soap and water for even thinking that. Do it again with bleach for actually posting it.
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    About time they picked a bint I think.
    Helen Clark? Would win hands down if she was black and disabled.

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    Whoever it is, he or she will have to be compliant.

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    How about this guy....??


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    Too busy with philanthropy.

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    It's not gonna be very difficult getting another guy that needs to repeat the words "dialogue" and "restraint", yes.

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    So if you could vote, which of course you cant, who would be your favoured butt licking sociopath? Who has done more to secure this nomination through bribery, deceit or blackmail, whose snout belongs in this most august of UN troughs? Wonder if the job is also tax free like the IMF and does it come with a pre-established Panama account to hide the bonuses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    About time they picked a bint I think.
    NOT Helen Clark.

    She'd have the world all asleep by 11pm sharp after a nice cup of Milo ready to sing the Red Flag at dawn.

    Even more worrying, NZ's prime minister, John Key's backing her run for the job.

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    "They regularly catch up by text, try to meet up whenever they are both back in New Zealand – and now Prime Minister John Key says he will do whatever it takes to give Helen Clark a boost into one of the world’s top jobs.

    "I’m doing everything I can and will do if she becomes the genuine runner for secretary general … I genuinely think she will be a great leader of the UN and hope she gets there.”
    https://truebluenz.com/2015/10/01/jo...as-head-of-un/

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    They could try Kim Jong Un, for a laugh; or Rihanna?

    I reckon Steven Hawking would be pretty good... he needs to shave his head and get contacts to pull of the Professor X role effectively though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Too busy with philanthropy.

    Ahh bless. Thinks Bill Gates is a philanthropist.

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    Only one man for the job.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Ahh bless. Thinks the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is about philanthropy.

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