Colombia is Leading an Initiative to Push a Woman to Run for the United Nations

The current United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is nearing the end of his second five-year term.

The New York Times reports that dozens of members of the United Nations are pressing for a woman to succeed Ki-moon, whose term ends on Dec. 31, 2016.

The United Nations has had eight Secretaries-General — all of which have been men.

According to the New York Times, a 1946 United Nations resolution established that "a man of eminence and high attainment" should serve as Secretary-General.

The government of Colombia is leading the effort to put forth women for the job. The New York Times reports that Colombia is part of the nearly 20 percent of countries represented by a female ambassador at the United Nations.

"Gender equality is one of the world's most serious challenges, an unfulfilled goal that remains critical to advance towards an inclusive and sustainable future," María Emma Mejía, the Colombian ambassador, wrote in a letter seeking support for a female Secretary-General, according to the New York Times.

Forty-four governments have signed on to Colombia's initiative to push for a woman to run for the United Nations. 

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