Amidst calls for the election of a female Secretary General of the United Nations, US congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Representative for New York's 12th Congressional District, has promised to ensure that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected to a top post at the United Nations.
Addressing journalists yesterday following a meeting at the Foreign Ministry, congresswoman Maloney emphasized that her advocacy is predicated upon the extraordinary leadership ability of the Liberian leader. According to her, the development taking place in Liberia and the creation of a strong and impressive military amongst others point to exceptional leadership of the Liberian leader. “I represent the United Nations, my District and I truly believe that she will get many offers worldwide and take up important positions in the United Nations," Maloney stated. “She is an extraordinary leader; the world was watching Liberia when you were confronted with the Ebola crisis and the speedy mitigation of the crisis proved the great leadership ability of the president. We were all so proud of Liberia”, Congresswoman Maloney indicated. In its 70 years of existence, the U.N. has never been led by a woman. But as current Secretary General Ban Ki-moon prepares to step down at the end of 2016 after two five-year terms, there’s clamor for change. In mid-December, the presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council jointly released a letter inviting member states to nominate candidates. Several campaigns are well underway to push for a female candidate, including efforts from The Elders, composed of eminent retired statesmen and women and chaired by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as well as global women leader’s group Woman SG. President Sirleaf may face stiff competition from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria for the top UN post.