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  WE HAVE HAD 8 MALE SECRETARIES-GENERAL AND OUR 9TH SHOULD BE A WOMAN

In February 2015 a group of like-minded women have come together to launch a campaign to elect a woman as UN Secretary-General when Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of 2016. There have been eight male Secretaries-General but never a female even though women represent half the world’s population. The group represents women from academia and civil society with a long record of engagement with the United Nations. Through an initial series of discussions, we decided that the time had come for a woman to lead the Organization and we formed a core planning group to enact a plan of action.  We welcome others to join the campaign, both men and women, individuals and organizations alike.  It’s time!

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  Dr. Jean Krasno Chair of the campaign to elect a woman as UN Secretary-General 

  Jean Krasno is a member of the faculty in the Department of Political Science at the City College of New York's Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. She is also a Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist at Yale University where she has taught courses on the United Nations, UN peacekeeping, and International Organization since 1995. She was Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System from 1998 to 2003 when the organization was housed at Yale. Dr. Krasno was authorized by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to organize his papers for publication, a five volume set, published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in March 2012. Dr. Krasno received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1994, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on Brazilian politics. Some of her other publications include The United Nations: Confronting the Challenges of a Global Society, editor, (2004), Lynne Rienner Publisher; Leveraging for Success in UN Peace Operations, editor with Don Daniel and Bradd Hayes, (2003) Greenwood/Praeger Publishers; The United Nations and Iraq: Defanging the Viper, co-authored with James Sutterlin (2003), Greenwood/Praeger Publishers; and forthcoming in July 2015, Personality, Political Leadership, and Decision Making: A Global Perspective, Jean Krasno (author/editor) with Sean LaPides, Praeger Publishers, 2015.