CONFIRMEDCANDIDATES

These individuals have been formally nominated by their countries as candidates for the next Secretary-General. Candidate nominations are expected to continue through July 2016. We will work to keep this page updated, though there undoubtedly will be some lag time between when a candidate is officially nominated and our website is updated.

IRINA GEORGIEVA BOKOVA

Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (“UNESCO”) and former Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs

Bulgaria

Helen Clark

Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

New Zealand

Christiana Figueres

Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC)

 

Costa Rica

NATALIA GHERMAN

Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and Deputy Prime Minister

Republic of Moldova

António Guterres

Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
Former Prime Minister

Portugal

Vuk Jeremić

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and President of the Sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly

Republic of Serbia

Srgjan Kerim

Former Foreign Minister and Former President of UN General Assembly

Macedonia

Miroslav Lajčák

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs

Slovakia

Susana Malcorra

Foreign Relations Minister of Argentina and Former Head of the Executive Office at the United Nations

Argentina

Vesna Pusić

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Croatia

Danilo Türk

Former President

Republic of Slovenia

PROSPECTIVECANDIDATES

These individuals have not been formally nominated but have been mentioned as potential contenders for the Secretary-General post in various media.

János Áder

President

Hungary

Michelle Bachelet

President, former Executive Director of UN Women

Chile

José Manuel Barroso

Former President of the European Commission

Portugal

Carl Bildt

Former Foreign Minister of Sweden

Sweden

Mircea Geoană

Former President of the Senate

Romania

Dalia Grybauskaitė

President

Lithuania

Rebeca Grynspan

Secretary General of Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB), former UN Under-Secretary-General

Costa Rica

María Ángela Holguín

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Colombia

Alicia Bárcena Ibarra

United Nations Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Mexico

Ján Kubiš

Head of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Slovakia

Angela Merkel

Chancellor

Germany

Federica Mogherini

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission

Italy

Amina Mohammed

UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on post-2015 Development Planning, Minister of Environment

Nigeria

Romano Prodi

Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Sahel, former Prime Minister, former President of the European Commission

Italy

Dilma Rousseff

President

Brazil

Kevin Rudd

Former Prime Minister

Australia

Radek Sikorski

Former Marshal of the Sejm, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Poland

Alexander Stubb

Minister of Finance, former Prime Minister

Finland

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Former Prime Minister, Chief Executive of Save the Children

Denmark