The last 20 months were very exciting for all hoping that the next UN Secretary General (UBSG) will be a woman. Until now there have been eight male UNSG but not even one female and it appeared that there was a wide-spread agreement that there was a time for change. In February 2015, a group of like-minded individuals came together to launch a campaign to elect a woman as the next UN Secretary-General when Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of 2016. The UNSG Ban Ki-moon himself stated that his successor should be a woman, and a recent Guardian poll found that 96% of respondents agreed with him.
As of 13 October 2016 we know that next UNGS will be another male – the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres. The Women’s Major Group of the UN Agenda-2030 process (WMG), has received the announcement of the nomination with mixed feelings. In their statement the WMG stated that they are “profoundly disappointed to see no change in the highest post at the UN” but also highlighted that Mr Guterres commitment to human rights and gender equality are reasons for optimism. To read the full statement please click here.