Sri Lankan press reports that Niranjan Deva-Aditya has been nominated by two former PMs:
Ambassador Niranjan Deva-Aditya has been nominated by the former Prime Ministers of France and Poland as a candidate for UN Secretary-General.Michel Rocard and Jerzy Buzek have both written to the President of the UN Security Council requesting that Deva?s name be added to the list of candidates.
Formally, only member states are eligible to nominate candidates. Surely Deva knows this and is up to something innovative. Indeed, the creativity of his candidacy appears as a theme in the letters submitted by the two former PMs:
His life and achievements truly span East and West; North and South. The challenges faced by a globalised world require the next Secretary-General to be a 21st century personality, one who is a global citizen and well versed in multi-lateral relations, and who is above any particular national interest.
In this regard Mr. Deva-Aditya is unique, he is above all else a consensus builder as his life achievements show. As an Asian impacting upon the multi-lateral political environment worldwide, he is ideally placed to be the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
As we have indicated, this only makes sense if some country puts forth his name. Either a member state can submit a name formally, or a Security Council member can submit his name informally. Who will it be?