UNITED NATIONS, September 3. /TASS/. Russia backs the idea of a female secretary general of the United Nations, but believes gender considerations should not artificially limit the choice of candidates, Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters on Wednesday.
According to Churkin, the Eastern European Group in the United Nations, of which Russia is a part, is firmly convinced that the new secretary general should for the first time represent this region. He said the Russian delegation had signed a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the matter.
There are major fears inside the Eastern European Group that some among those who actively advocate the idea of a female secretary general, are indeed interested in getting the choice outside the framework of the Eastern European Group, he said.
The term in office of Ban Ki-moon, who was elected Secretary General on January 1, 2007, expires on December 31, 2016. Under the existing rules, he cannot run for the third five-year term. The election campaign will be officially launched in a year’s time.
None of the eight United Nations secretaries general has ever represented Eastern Europe, and none of them has been female as of yet.