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Will the next UNSG be a Norwegian female?. All eight United Nations Secretary-Generals so far have been men. Two Norwegian leaders have the potential to be the first female head. All eight United Nations Secretary-Generals so far have been men. Two Norwegian leaders have the potential to be the first female head. The Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General lists specific criteria for the post. It advocates not just for a female UN Secretary-General, but also for the fact that so many women have the qualifications and skills for the position.

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Will the next UNSG be a Norwegian female?

Published on Friday, 14th August, 2015 at 10:16 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

All eight United Nations Secretary-Generals so far have been men. Two Norwegian leaders have the potential to be the first female head.

Portraits of UN Secretary-Generals
Taken and the New York headquartersPortraits of UN Secretary-Generals
Photo: Ilan Kelman


All eight United Nations Secretary-Generals so far have been men. Two Norwegian leaders have the potential to be the first female head.

The Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General lists specific criteria for the post. It advocates not just for a female UN Secretary-General, but also for the fact that so many women have the qualifications and skills for the position.

More than two dozen women are currently listed as able to lead the UN at the start of the next Secretary-General’s term in 2017. They include current or former Heads of State, Heads of Government, Heads of International Organizations, and Ministers.

Gro Harlem Brundtland is perhaps the leading Norwegian candidate. Her international reputation was forged from her successes in international development and sustainability. Erna Solberg, Norway's current Prime Minister, is also listed.

Yet with the traditional rotation of the UN Secretary-General by geographic region, it is now Eastern Europe's turn. UNESCO's leader Irina Bokova from Bulgaria has a solid chance.

Possible competition comes from Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuania's first female President, in that role since 2009. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Latvia's President from 1999-2007, and the only woman to hold that post to date, could be considered.

Norway, though, furnished the first UN Secretary-General, Trygve Halvdan Lie, there from 1946-1952. Could Norway lead again with the first female Secretary-General?

Ilan Kelman is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London. He holds no ambitions to be the UN Secretary-General.



Published on Friday, 14th August, 2015 at 10:16 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

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