Former New Zealand PM, enters race for UN secretary general

Former New Zealand PM, enters race for UN secretary general

Former New Zealand PM, enters race for UN secretary general

Written by Staff Writer

05 Apr, 2016 | 7:44 am

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said she would like to reform the security council by making Germany, Japan, India and Brazil permanent members in an interview with the international media.

Ms Clark is the current head of the UN’s Development Programme. She argues that she has the right mix of proven experience to take over from Ban Ki-moon, who retires in December. She says the UN needs a new set of tools to face modern peace and security issues.

Three other women are vying to become the UN’s first female secretary general.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recommended Ms Clark as the country’s candidate at a press conference in Wellington on Monday.

Current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was re-elected to serve a second five-year term, in a vote at the UN General Assembly in New York in 2011.

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