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Guardian editorial thinks Helen Clark is inappropriate to lead the UN

This must be devastating for Helen Clark to read, in what is probably her favourite media organisation, one that she usually gets a ?free reign in opining on whatever she feels like, has published an editorial suggesting that she is inappropriate to succeed Ban Ki Moon as UN General Secretary.

The United Nations confronts war, famine, disease, climate change and much else, but perhaps the greatest and most persistent challenge the organisation has faced is the tendency of its member states to deny it the leadership its work requires. The issue is back, as it is every decade, with?the selection of a new secretary general to take over in 2016.

The UN enshrined the idea of harnessing the talents of a group of men and women from around the world, accountable to governments but working exclusively for the global good. It has only sometimes, and quite by accident, been fulfilled. When there is sufficient leadership to give life to it, the arts of peace flourish and the global discourse is enriched. When there is not, a price is paid in blood.

Fair, noble aspirations…if somewhat motherhood and apple pie in their outlook.

The editorial then disses the British candidate before setting upon Helen Clark.

The field of those seeking to be the next secretary general is widely felt to be underwhelming. Helen Clark, the head of the UN Development Programme, gave an example of how a UN official should not behave when, before the current secretary general was even halfway through his term, she began to discuss, in these pages, her interest in succeeding him. It is time for something more serious. A small search committee should be established, led by Kofi Annan, with representatives of the permanent members of the security council, other regions, and a professional headhunter, and it should work through most of next year. The idea that candidates should be limited to one region is unfounded and can be dispensed with. The council should recommend more than one candidate to the general assembly, which should make an appointment for a single term of seven years.

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Helen Clark wants the top trough, we should support her

Helen Clark wants the top UN job

Helen Clark wants the top UN job

Helen Clark is after the top job at the UN. She’s had 6 years at number three with her job at the UNDP and made not one blind bit of difference to anyone in the world except her bank balance and being able to provide jobs for her fallen angels.

But far be it from me to be bitter about her wanting to spend more time offshore, in fact long may it be encouraged lest she return and decided to meddle in domestic politics again.

So, I find I must support her bid, if only to save us from her return. The Herald reports:

New Zealanders, regardless of political leanings, can applaud the fact that Helen Clark has been touted internationally as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. We would more than applaud it, her appointment would be a positive boon to New Zealand’s recognition and status in the world.? Read more »

How long before Lianne Dalziel quits?

It looks like Lianne Dalziel is soon to move off to a cushy number at the UN….she sort of announced it in a speech the other day which has largely flown under the radar:

I too have become involved in a branch of the UN ? I am a member of the UNISDR Parliamentary Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction. ?The week after this was announced, I was boarding a plane to Wellington and a Cabinet Minister, who I won?t name, said congratulations on your appointment. ?I was genuinely chuffed. ?He said ?I see Helen is still looking after her friends?. ?I am telling you this because I want you to know that, even after 22 years as a Member of Parliament, it still hurts when people cannot genuinely celebrate achievement.

Helen didn?t know I was being appointed to this position because the UNISDR ? the secretariat that oversees the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction ? is quite separate from the UNDP the UN Development Programme which she heads.? Read more »

Charlie Shovel Resigns, sick of being beaten to a pulp by Crusher

Charles Chauvel has resigned making way for The Caropotamus, Carol Beaumont to return to parliament. Clearly Chauvel has had enough of being ignored by Shearer, and the final straw may have been Shearer’s pro-homophobe stance yesterday:

Labour MP Charles Chauvel is resigning from Parliament to take up a job with the United Nations in New York.

Mr Chauvel, a List MP, said he had resigned effective from March 11.

He will work for the UN Development Programme organisation former Prime Minister Helen Clark leads – as an advisor on Parliamentary Development and Democratic Governance.? Read more »