Cambodia leading the push for the first female Secretary-General of the United Nations

September 6, 2015

Dozens of United Nations members are campaigning for a female successor at the end of Ban Ki-Moon’s term on 31 December, 2016.

Of the eight Secretary-Generals the United Nations has had, all of them have been men. Columbia is leading the push for a woman to take on the job, with 44 governments signing on to show their support.

María Emma Mejía, the Colombian ambassador, considers gender equality one of the most serious challenges of the world, and writes that it is an “unfulfilled goal that remains critical to advance towards an inclusive and sustainable future”.

Read the full article on the New York Times website to find out which distinguished women are being considered to become the first female UN Secretary-General.