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Shubham Singh , Aug, 09 2016

The US elections is not the only elections that should be on your radar. UN might and should have a women Secretary General


The United Nations (UN) Security Council is continuing its consideration of candidates for the next UN Secretary-General, with the next “straw poll” due to take place on August 5th. Backed by public debates and online campaigns, this selection process for the Secretary-General has been the most transparent and accessible yet – driven in part by tireless efforts from civil society. But the decision to appoint essentially rests with the Security Council’s five permanent members in what has been, since 1946, a remarkably secretive selection procedure, one which has given us three Europeans, two Africans, two Asians and one Latin American – all men – in 70 years.
The United Nations (UN) Security Council is continuing its consideration of candidates for the next UN Secretary-General, with the next “straw poll” due to take place on August 5th. Backed by public debates and online campaigns, this selection process for the Secretary-General has been the most transparent and accessible yet – driven in part by tireless efforts from civil society. But the decision to appoint essentially rests with the Security Council’s five permanent members in what has been, since 1946, a remarkably secretive selection procedure, one which has given us three Europeans, two Africans, two Asians and one Latin American – all men – in 70 years.

Suhani Singh , Inquisitive snobbish arrogant. I am Golum and Aug, 09 2016


Lets have a simple analogy for this matter, If your child needed surgery you will have no idea who is the best surgeon, because you will go for the one you can trust. And the one you are more likely to trust is the one more generally accepted socially. But the most generally accepted and revered doctor might not be the best. So one actually finds a doctor for his child in whom he can place his trust. The who is actually the best now I would love to read thoughts and opinions about that that on what set of skills and values are we to define who is the best. The Next UN Secretary should be a professional who is totally committed to the cause and competent in harnessing synergies of a wide array of competences. It is thought to be a female characteristic regardless of the body that could happen to be both male and female. I used to believe that authority, judgement and order is embodied in women, while men, charming and honourable gentlemen in some cases are wonderful examples of what Margaret Thatcher said, if you want something said, ask a man, if you want something done, ask a woman. I think, and I know how frightful thought it might be, a great thinker-doer with impeccable character should be at the lead.
Lets have a simple analogy for this matter, If your child needed surgery you will have no idea who is the best surgeon, because you will go for the one you can trust. And the one you are more likely to trust is the one more generally accepted socially. But the most generally accepted and revered do


Adarsh , Aug, 09 2016


The next person for the job must be the best person for the job , not a virtue signalling social justice warrior That is the very worst person for the job because that person would act on ideology and not on fact We have already seen how Ban Ki-Moon has endorsed climate change action in the teeth of all the evidence , and the last thing we need is another crackpot at the helm No wonder the organisation is becoming an irrelevance And we certainly dont need positive discrimination Any discrimination is bad and positive discrimination is also patronising. The best person for the job will be the best person for the job, whoever they happen to be.
The next person for the job must be the best person for the job , not a virtue signalling social justice warrior That is the very worst person for the job because that person would act on ideology and not on fact We have already seen how Ban Ki-Moon has endorsed climate change action in the teeth of


Jhansi , Aug, 09 2016


I fully support the argument, it will provide legitimacy and credibility to the various actions undertaken by UN and its agencies in the field of gender rights and equality all over the world and will help build trust among people. A female and a feminist secretary-general will be much more pro-active in taking up womens issues and causes on a global scale. Research by Harvard University found that women are more likely to demonstrate strong ability in conflict management, empathy and influence which are pre-requisites to bring countries towards peaceful and practical solutions to global world problems and hence a female secretary-generals role becomes much more pivotal. It will also act as a source of inspiration for millions of women throughout the world to break male dominance in top positions in organisations as well as dispel the myth that considers them as a weaker sex
I fully support the argument, it will provide legitimacy and credibility to the various actions undertaken by UN and its agencies in the field of gender rights and equality all over the world and will help build trust among people. A female and a feminist secretary-general will be much more pro-acti


Shanu , Aug, 09 2016


One should keep in mind that there is a widely shared common understanding in the UN that the rotational turn of Eastern Europe this time should be respected, provided that strong candidates can be provided. An equally wide wish exists that this person should be a capable and experienced woman fully meeting the official UN requirements for all UNSG candidates. Such candidates from Eastern Europe do exists, even more than one, and any talk about other regions at this stage is highly premature and unprofessional. The world owes respect for this right of Eastern Europe which has been prevented from this responsibility during the years of the Cold War.
One should keep in mind that there is a widely shared common understanding in the UN that the rotational turn of Eastern Europe this time should be respected, provided that strong candidates can be provided. An equally wide wish exists that this person should be a capable and experienced woman fully


Vaibhav , Aug, 09 2016


Women have taken great strides in the last century and occupied significant positions in the global arena- Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde, Dilma Rouseff, Mary Jo White, just to name a few. UN itself convened the historic Conference at Beijing in 1995 to achieve equality, development and peace and declared 1975 as 1976-85 as International Womens Year and decade. However, participation of women in all aspects of life continues to be abysmal. A Report by UN itself in 1980 has stated that women constitute 1/2 of worlds population, perform nearly 2/3rd of work hours but receive 1/10th of worlds income and own less than 1/100th of worlds property. The representation in international politics is even worse. Women are exploited physically, emotionally, sexually, economically, politically and in every way possible, especially in the underdeveloped countries. The UN cannot achieve its goals of human rights, equality and justice” and international peace if half of the worlds population faces discriminated. It needs a female and feminist Chairperson to understand, empathise and solve women problems, especially on health, exploitation, SDGs, economic and political participation and overall women empowerment. Studies have also suggested that females prefer peace and co-operation as compared to men which is a critical goal for the UN.
Women have taken great strides in the last century and occupied significant positions in the global arena- Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde, Dilma Rouseff, Mary Jo White, just to name a few. UN itself convened the historic Conference at Beijing in 1995 to achieve equality, development and peace and


Shalini , Aug, 09 2016


Where did a sec-gem being a women come from? Voting for someone simply because she is a woman is just absurd. Women are equally capable of being incompetent, evil, corrupt as men, what makes them more saint like.


Raghav , Aug, 09 2016


IMO disband the U.N getttheir deadbeat members to pay up their parking tickets and stop committing felonies in the U.S, have the U.N "aid workers" stop raping children and form a new international organization which requires some level of actual respect for human rights and freedom. I mean I know an organization that had nations like Iran, Cuba and Libya on a human rights commission should be taken really seriously and I particularly like how the only human rights abuser on the Earth in their estimation is the nation of Israel-but really-lets shut this farce down and try and come up with something that is not morally bankrupt..
IMO disband the U.N getttheir deadbeat members to pay up their parking tickets and stop committing felonies in the U.S, have the U.N "aid workers" stop raping children and form a new international organization which requires some level of actual respect for human rights and freedom. I mean I know an


Niharika , Aug, 09 2016


I agree up to the point where it is asserted that we need women as the heads of UN councils and its subsidiary activities. But I would like to respectfully state that we now live in a world where women are already leaders. They are already executing successful campaigns and projects. While this may not be true in all regions, the UN is definitely an organization that is advanced enough to appoint a leader not on the basis of gender but on the basis of thought leadership skills and performance. It may be that the last 20-30 years of a men-only chair is due to many factors like experience, personality, etc. While a woman Secretary General will initiate more activities that are beneficial for girls and ladies, a man at the top position of the UN is not going to neglect the female race and he will have a cabinet that consists of women delegates who will be crucial in conceptualizing projects that help protect and serve women. I believe that both men and women have an equal right to the post of Secretary General. Chosen wisely, either one will do a stellar job and women everywhere will be positively affected.
I agree up to the point where it is asserted that we need women as the heads of UN councils and its subsidiary activities. But I would like to respectfully state that we now live in a world where women are already leaders. They are already executing successful campaigns and projects. While this may