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IWD 2021: Call for gender diversity in next UN Secretary General

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The European Commission Director, Human Right Watch, Lotte Leicht has said there is need for competition and gender diversity in the next candidates for the United Nations Secretary General.

Leicht who disclosed this on her official social platform on Monday while celebrating the International Women’s Day 8th of March, said there have been nine men as UN Secretaries-General over the past 75 years, from all corners of the earth.

“Achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls has been UN Sustainable Development (SDG) Goal Five. “End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.” Also first target for Goal Five.

“The UN is responsible for helping every country achieve that target by 2030, while that effort should start in the UN’s own house, according to Interim Director, Women Rights Division, Heather Barr on her publication dated March 02, 2021.

She said “It’s time to choose the next “SG.” António Guterres, a veteran diplomat, former UN high commissioner for refugees and ex-prime minister of Portugal, has been in the job since 2017 and seeks a second term”.

The process for selecting the SG changed in 2015, becoming more transparent and inclusive. Campaigns including 1 for 7 Billion, of which Human Rights Watch is a member, want further reforms.


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