Saturday, April 12, 2014

Will Danilo Türk Run for U.N. Secretary General?

2014-04-11 22.23.51Danilo Türk, the former President of Slovenia, was the speaker at last night's Gala Dinner at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C.

After he failed to win re-election in Slovenia, there was talk of him pursing other options in the international field. The Slovenian Government Communications Office has now reportedly confirmed that the Slovenian government would back the former President as a candidate for U.N. Secretary General (from the East European Group, which has never had any representative in the post of Secretary General).

The current Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, is in his second five-year term, which expires at the end of 2016 (and no Secretary General has ever yet had a third term). So if Ban Ki-moon does not seek a third term (which he might do, who knows really), then Mr. Türk may be a candidate for a five-year term as U.N. Secretary-General starting in 2017.


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