Politico: Georgieva's UN Job Mission

Politics | November 5, 2015, Thursday // 11:55
Bulgaria: Politico: Georgieva's UN Job Mission European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Kristalina Georgieva at the start of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Development at the Conventions Center in Luxembourg, October 26, 2015. Photo by EPA/BGNES

EU Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva's experience at the World Bank, her current output in the EU, and a bold agenda she is able to put forward on humanitarian relief - all these make her a suitable candidate to take the UN top job, Politico has noted.

This comes just two days after reports run by Brussels-based website EurActiv suggested she was planning to run for United Nations Secretary General's position that Ban Ki-moon is to vacate on December 31 of next year.

"Even if [Georgieva] were to run, she's by no means a shoo-in for the job," the article reads.

However, it adds it remains "far from clear whether regional politics, including Russia's mood, would work in Georgieva's favor."

The "official" contender, UNESCO head Irina Bokova, is known for friendly relations with both Russia and the United States. Opinions on whether Georgieva would be acceptable, on the other hand, are divided, with some saying she represents the EU, a bloc which introduced sanctions against Moscow and the Kremlin would hardly endorse her candidacy.

Other cite her experience at the World Bank, a time when she lived in Russia and met with President Vladimir Putin. Bokova's vulnerabilities, on the other hand, include "family ties to the Cold War Communist government", something for which she was already subject to intense criticism from a US newspaper back in the summer.

In the article, Bokova is described as a "big potential roadblock" to Georgieva's nomination.

Commenting on Georgieva's visit to Washington for the UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing (she was humanitarian affairs commissioner in the previous EU college) this week, Politico notes:

"Her work on the UN panel, and its proposals, almost read like a stump speech for a candidate who wants to assume the helm of an institution besieged, many say, by corruption and inefficiency."

Politico's article is available here.

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