"Courage of conviction" vital trait for new UN chief: Susana Malcorra

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Susana Malcorra. Credit: Video capture/UN Radio

The UN needs more "flexibility and nimbleness" under its next Secretary-General, whose principal trait is to lead through "courage of conviction".

That's according to the eleventh candidate for the UN's top job, to appear in open dialogues organized by the President of the General Assembly, Susana Malcorra.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs for Argentina has served in senior positions at the UN and worked extensively in the private sector.

She promised that as UN chief, she would work towards "gender parity at the top" as a "key driver of change."

Matthew Wells has more.

The Informal Dialogues have offered candidates for the top job at the UN an unprecedented opportunity to state their case and take questions from Member States and civil society groups.

The process is due to move forwards later in the summer when the Security Council begins to consider the full range of candidates vying to become Secretary-General.

Ms Malcorra said the UN needed to develop greater foresight to "anticipate and prevent crisis, on the horizon" while focussing on the principles of sustainability and building resilience.

She laid out what she believed were the fundamental drivers for the UN in the future: "Sustainable national ownership, and partnership and inclusivity.

I have identified courage of conviction as a principal trait of the Secretary-General to deliver what the world expects. Finally, I have highlighted the main factors that should underpin the work of the organization: flexibility and nimbleness, accountability and a holistic approach."

Ms Malcorra added that an ability to engage in "preventive diplomacy" and political dialogue were also attributes she would bring to the job.

The 11 candidates, who have all been put forward by their own governments for consideration, so far include five women and six men.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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