A woman of Indian origin at the United Nations has announced her candidacy as the next Secretary General. She is the first person to throw her hat in the ring at incumbent Antonio Guterres, who is seeking a second five-year term as head of the world organization from January 2022.
Arora Akanksha, 34, who works as the exam coordinator for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), said she would apply for the post of the world‘s best diplomat and launched her #AroraForSG campaign this month.
“The people in my position shouldn’t stand up to those responsible. We should wait for our turn, get on the hamster wheel, go to work, keep our heads down and accept that the world is the way it is “Said Ms. Akanksha in a two and a half minute online campaign video.
The video shows Ms. Akanksha entering the sprawling UN headquarters while her voice over says that people who came before her “did not hold the UN accountable”.
“For 75 years the United Nations has not kept its promise to the world – refugees have not been protected, humanitarian aid has been minimal, and technology and innovation have receded. We deserve a UN that leads.” She says.
“That is why I am running for the Secretary General of the United Nations. I refuse to be a spectator. I will not accept that this is the best that the UN can do,” she says in the video.
Last month, 71-year-old Antonio Guterres confirmed that he would seek a second term of five years as head of the world organization.
The first term of Mr. Guterres ends on December 31 of this year and the term of the next Secretary General begins on January 1, 2022.
Mr. Guterres took up his post on January 1, 2017 following a reformed selection process that included a public informal dialogue session at the United Nations General Assembly.
Antonio Guterres is the 9th Secretary General of the United Nations, and in the United Nations’ 75-year history no woman has held the position of the world‘s best diplomat.
The Secretary General is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council, whereby the selection of the Secretary General is subject to the veto of one of the five permanent members of the Council.
Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the secretary general, responded to a question at the UNDP staff’s daily meeting announcing her candidacy for secretary general: “Antonio Guterres is a candidate for the selection process. It is not his job to comment on others. ” People who might want to get in touch. “
“This is a process that is carried out by the Member States. So I am not aware of any problems or problems with it. I speak for the incumbent candidate, but we have no comment on anyone else who wants to put their hat on the proverb”, said Mr. Dujarric.
The spokeswoman for the President of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, Brenden Varma, was asked at the press conference whether Arora Akanksha had written to the President about her candidacy.
Mr Varma said the President’s office had not received any formal communications on the matter.
Mr Varma had previously said that the President of the General Assembly had not yet received any notifications from Member States of candidacies for the position of Secretary General.
He added that the candidates were traditionally presented by the member states.
In the video, Ms. Akanksha adds that it is time for the “UN to stop serving politicians and serving people.”
“It’s time for a new United Nation – a UN that works for refugees, brings humanitarian crises to an end, and gets technology and education in everyone’s hands,” she says.
She also says that these ideas are not impossible and will not take another 75 years to materialize.
“It takes someone who is brave, the first – to speak first, do something first, make a difference first, and now challenge the UN first. I’m no longer waiting for the torch to be passed, I’m taking it because I’m part I’m the generation of change where we don’t just talk about change, we make change, “she says.
She also thanked the supporters on Twitter and asked them to vote.
– Arora Akanksha (@ arora4people) February 12, 2021
According to her profile on her website UNOW.org, Arora Akanksha graduated from York University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Administrative Studies.
She received her Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University.
Her profile states that she was hired by the United Nations to help with the organization’s financial reforms. Her job included updating United Nations financial rules and regulations and managing internal and external audits at UNDP.
A report on the PassBlue news site stated that Indian-born Arora Akanksha has Indian citizenship overseas and a Canadian passport.
She has not asked either country for official confirmation. However, she is confident that her candidacy could shake the selection process, the report said.