Government gears up for yet another international campaign

The central government is gearing up to formally support a candidate for secretary general of the United Nations. The candidate most likely is Karen Christiana Figueres Olsen.

The 59 year old is a long-time Costa Rica politician, the daughter of a legend and the sister of a former president.

Since 2010 she has been the executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Casa Presidential plans a Thursday morning session at the Teatro Nacional for what it called the launching of a global candidacy.  The Luis Guillermo Solís administration has not said it is backing Ms. Figueres. But the Partido Liberación Nacional already has endorsed her candidacy. She is not yet among the 11 announced U.N. candidates.

Typically the secretary general is not from one of the countries that are permanent members of the Security Council, which makes the recommendation to the General Assembly.

There is a campaign to make the next secretary general a woman. The current holder of the office,  Ban Ki-moon, leaves Dec. 31.

Ms. Figueres has an uphill battle. Four woman already have joined the seven men in announcing their candidacies. They are Natalia Snegur-Gherman of Moldova, a former deputy prime minister; Helen Clark, a New Zealand politician; Irina Bokova, head of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and  Susana Malcorra of Argentina, a current under secretary general.

In addition, there are dozens of persons who may seek the office.

Just in Latin America there is speculation that involves Michelle Bachelet of Chile; Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, head of the  U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and fellow Tica Rebeca Grynspan Mayufis, formerly of the  United Nations Development Programme.

German Chancellor  Angela Merkel also might be interested.

Karen Christiana Figueres Olsen

Karen Christiana Figueres Olsen

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