Prime Minister John Key this morning announced the government had nominated former Prime Minister, Helen Clark, for the role of UN Secretary General.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations is the spokesperson and leader of the United Nations.
The UN General Assembly will hold informal discussions with nominated candidates next week.
Before then, Ms Clark will submit a vision statement.
One of her priorities is to ensure the UN’s efforts on peace and security are relevant to our times.
When the UN charter was drafted it was about ending war between nations, but today, she said, the main conflicts were terrible civil wars and violence from extremists.
The 15-member UN Security Council, including China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France, will recommend a candidate for election by the General Assembly later this year.