UN needs ability to "see around corner"

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The United Nations needs to be able to "see around the corner" and prepare for the many challenges it faces; that's according to the latest candidate to be put forward as the new Secretary-General of the organization.

Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria becomes the 13th candidate for the role as the world's top diplomat.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Thirteen candidates, seven women and six men, have been put forward to become the next UN Secretary-General on January 1st 2017.

Three have withdrawn following informal votes or straw polls taken by the Security Council, the United Nations body which will ultimately chose who will lead the UN.

Kristalina Georgieva's candidature comes relatively late in the process.

In her presentation to the ground-breaking open question-and-answer sessions in front of the General Assembly, she spoke in English, French and Russian.

She listed the qualities she would bring to the job of leading the UN.

"An ability to cut through complexities and bring agile and adaptable solutions to a fast changing world. From climate change to conflict, from financial distress to pandemics, we need a better ability to see around the corner at what is coming, be better prepared for it and then be fast to act promptly, using all the instruments UN has at its disposal."

Ms Georgieva is currently serving as European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources.

She was also in charge of the humanitarian aid and civil protection department of the European Commission and held a number of positions at the World Bank.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1’27″

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