IWF Argentina member Susana Malcorra announced her candidacy in late May to head United Nations global operations as secretary-general. Malcorra currently serves as Argentina’s foreign relations minister and previously was chief of staff for Ban Ki-moon, the current secretary-general of the United Nations. She previously held critical peace-keeping roles with the UN as an under secretary-general for field support, responsible for all peacekeeping missions. In the past weeks she has visited key capitals such as Washington, DC, Moscow and Beijing as she prepares her bid for the top job.
“Ms. Malcorra has been by my side during one of the busiest and most-turbulent periods in the history of the United Nations,” said Ban Ki-Moon in a statement. “Throughout, I have treasured her advice, admired her dedication and benefited from her leadership.”
President of Argentina Mauricio Macri nominated Malcorra in a letter sent to the president of the UN’s General Assembly and to the head of the Security Council. Malcorra tweeted a thank you to the Macri, “I am grateful to Mauricio Macri for his confidence in my nomination as Secretary General of the UN, It’s an honor to be able to represent my country.”
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