Clark to make bid for UN Secretary-General

Helen Clark has finally announced she is going to make a bid for the top job at the UN.

Helen Clark will today join the contest to become the next United Nations Secretary-General. Prime Minister John Key is expected to confirm her nomination at Parliament this morning.

She is expected to make her own announcement in New York a short time later.

Mr Key is thought to have already begun lobbying for the former Prime Minister, at last week’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, hosted by US President Barack Obama.

Among the leaders he spoke to were Mr Obama, Prime Ministers David Cameron (Britain), Justin Trudeau (Canada) and Narendra Modi (India) and Chilean President Michele Bachelet.

Mr Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully are thought to have approved a high-level campaign and funding to support her bid.

Helen Clark has been the head of the United Nations Development Programme for the past seven years, overseeing a global budget of $6 billion in 170 countries.

She will be the eighth candidate to enter the contest for the Secretary-General’s job.

I don’t like her chances, unless Putin becomes so marginalised as a result of the Panama Papers. If Russia declares that it is backing one of the Eastern European candidates then Clark’s bid is over.

Key is supporting her bid, which will unhinge the hard-left.

Mr Key, who defeated her to become Prime Minister in 2008, has been unstinting in his praise of her capability, and that continued yesterday at his post-Cabinet press conference.

“I’ve said to anyone who has asked me that Helen Clark would be a great Secretary-General of the United Nations.”

Asked if it would be hard promoting a political rival, he said they had competed when he was Leader of the Opposition and she was Prime Minister. “But there’s a mature point at which you put politics to one side and you acknowledge and hopefully celebrate the skills of a New Zealander, not because of their political tendencies but because of their ability and capacity to do a job,” he said.

Clark has a hard job in convincing many different blocs to support her. Perhaps that is the reason why yesterday at the Interfaith meeting at parliament when she rose to speak she ‘forgot’ to say shalom when addressing the various different religious leaders. She did manage Islamic and other language greetings but clearly missed seeing the rabbi in full regalia right in front of her. She will no doubt use that quietly to gain support from Muslim nations…until they work out she is a woman.

 

– NZ Herald

 


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