Watch Helen get grilled live on TV

Helen Clark might have been a camel jockey but Kind David probably wasn't

John Key is canvassing support for Helen Clark to be the next United Nations secretary-general as he meets national leaders on his trip to Europe and Indonesia but says she faces a “really tough fight” to get the job.

“All the feedback we continue to get is that she is extremely well thought of,” he told reporters in London on Tuesday.

Mr Key said outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron told him on Monday he thought Ms Clark, who is now the head of the UN Development Programme, would potentially be very good in the top UN job.

The first straw poll on the post will be held later this month to narrow down the field.

Mr Key said he would be canvassing support for the “outstanding” candidate Ms Clark when he meets national leaders in Italy, France and Indonesia later this week.

New Zealanders will be able to watch former Prime Minister Helen Clark being grilled by those deciding whether she will get the United Nations top job.

The televised question and answer session for all 12 candidates in the running for the secretary-general role will be broadcast live on Al Jazeera, both on TV and online.

Ms Clark says her Q&A will take place between 11.45am and 1pm on Wednesday (NZT).

Al Jazeera says it will be the first time the UN has held a live debate which is in contrast to previous appointments which have largely not involved the public.

Perhaps I’m not as magnanimous as John Key, but I hope she doesn’t get the job. It is a naked power grab and I don’t see the world becoming a better place. The UN is the world’s largest public money trough: unaccountable, expensive and essentially ineffective.

Helen would be way too much at home.

You can watch Al Jazeera live online here.


– NZN via Yahoo! News

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