• Macri sent letter to nominating Malcorra as Secretary General
  • Malcorra said she expects UN to take decision by October

Argentina’s foreign minister, Susana Malcorra, was nominated by President Mauricio Macri as a candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the United Nations Secretary General.

Macri sent a letter to the president of the UN’s General Assembly and to the head of the Security Council, putting Malcorra forward, according to an e-mailed statement. Before being tapped by Macri as his foreign minister, Malcorra served as Ban’s cabinet chief.

“The Argentine government is convinced of Mrs. Malcorra’s conditions and capacities that will allow her to amply carry out the functions of the role of Secretary General of the United Nations,” Macri wrote, according to the statement.

For the first time in 70 years, the UN is holding open hearings for those hoping to become its next Secretary General. So far nine candidates -- five men and four women -- have submitted bids to the 193 members of the General Assembly. Malcorra said in a radio interview earlier on Friday from Beijing that it was up to Macri to give his approval before putting herself forward and that she expected the UN to make a decision by October.

“I am grateful to Mauricio Macri for his confidence in my nomination as Secretary General of the UN,” Malcorra wrote on Twitter. “It’s an honor to be able to represent my country.”

Leadership of the UN historically rotates among regions, with Eastern Europe in theory the next in line. Ban Ki-moon, of South Korea, steps down at the end of this year after finishing two five-year terms in which he helped negotiate a climate change treaty, responded to a devastating earthquake in Haiti, pleaded for peace in Syria and responded to accusations of sexual misconduct by the UN’s blue-helmeted peacekeepers in Africa.

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