Bolton testified today to the US House of Representatives. He spoke on the rotation and women. A Japanese paper summarizes:
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Wednesday that a woman should be considered to succeed U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, whose term expires at the end of the year.
Talking about U.N. reform before a U.S. House of Representatives committee, Bolton said that many countries proposed electing the next U.N. secretary general from an Asian country based on the regional rotation system, but no woman has ever been considered as a candidate.
There are many Asian candidates, but none are women, Bolton said.
We discussed this yesterday.