Helen Clark: Three Months Into My #Helen4SG #NextSG Campaign

July 3, 2016

It was on 4 April, EST, 5 April 2016 in NZ that the New Zealand Government announced my candidacy for the post of United Nations Secretary-General.

Ever since, I’ve been on a round of visits to UN Security Council Member State capitals, and visiting Permanent Representatives (PRs) to the UN and groups of Member State PRs. This photo album records some of the highlights of these last three months:

I’ve done numerous media interviews with outlets around the world – too many to list, but here are a couple of recent ones:

Deutsche Welle: https://www.facebook.com/deutschewellenews/videos/10153905980534440/
The Star in Kuala Lumpur: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/06/26/step-ahead-to-keep-the-peace-former-new-zealand-prime-minister-helen-clark-who-is-eyeing-the-un-secr/
Next steps: On 21 July, the UN Security Council will begin its straw ballots to determine which candidates to whom to give further consideration. A decision is not expected before October. This article from Security Council Report looks at the process in depth: http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/appointing_unsg_2016.pdf
The Elders, a prominent grouping of former leaders, and many other groups are active in advocating for a more transparent process and debate around the selection: http://theelders.org/article/observing-change-united-nations.
Others are debating the characteristics required for the position; for example: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yasmine-sherif/selecting-a-un-secretary_b_10760790.html
It is indeed good to see so much public engagement in the debate about who should fill the post, and the greater opportunity for all UN Member States to engage in it.
I look forward to the coming months, and to continuing to put my case for selection. Our world faces so many serious challenges. The UN must step up to be effective in addressing them. I believe that my decades of experience at top leadership level, as New Zealand Prime Minister and a regional leader, and these past seven years at UNDP, make me best suited to take on this task. I will ensure that the big global agendas on development and environment, including climate change, continue to be prioritized; I want to re-energize the way the UN approaches today’s peace security challenges; and I want to lead a modern and effective organization.
Please engage with me across social media – including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Helen4SG, and Snapchat on Helen4SG.

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