The search for the new UN Secretary-General is starting to find its way into the press and public commentary. Although the SG focuses day-to-day on issues deemed remote from environmental concerns, the person at the top can really make a difference in how the UN tackles environment, population, health, and poverty questions.

Former Norwegian Prime Minister and WHO head Gro Harlem Brundtland, for example, is a commonly mentioned candidate. Brundtland chaired the mid-80s panel that produced Our Common Future, the influential volume that helped set the agenda for the 1992 Rio Summit and provides the most commonly used definition of sustainable development.

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Asian countries believe it is their turn, but splits between China and Japan, among others, may keep a single Asian candidate from emerging.

You can read all the gossip on who is up and who is down at “Who will be the next Secretary General?

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