Ban says he'd like a woman to be next secretary-general

    Ban says he'd like a woman to be next secretary-general

    Aug.16, Los Angels: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he would personally like to see a woman lead the United Nations for the first time since it was established more than 70 years ago.

    As he nears the end of his second five-year term on Dec. 31, Ban said that "it's high time now" for a female secretary-general after eight men at the helm of the world organization, reports said.

    There are currently 11 candidates vying to succeed Ban — six men and five women.

    But he stressed that the decision is not up to him, it's up to the 15-member Security Council which must recommend a candidate to the 193-member General Assembly for its approval. He was asked about the possibility of a female secretary-general during a trip to California last week.

    Sitting onstage in Los Angeles last Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, a California Republican who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ban stressed that women comprise half the world's population and should be empowered and "given equal opportunities.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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