McMurry Professor Dr. Tina Bertrand Contributes Expertise to UN Secretary-General Election

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:01 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

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As the United Nations (UN) prepares for the election of a new Secretary-General, McMurry University Political Science Professor Dr. Tina Bertrand is one of four global experts asked to provide input into the election process by the non-governmental organization (NGO) 1 for 7 Billion Campaign.

Bertrand’s expertise is derived from her work at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, where she researched the impact the end of the Cold War had on the UN. Since 1999, Dr. Bertrand has continued her research on the UN system in her capacity as Director of McMurry’s Model UN Program. Her brief addresses the election process in 2006 for current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The election of Ban Ki-moon’s successor began last month, and there is much anticipation as to whether the UN will elect the first-ever female to serve as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. The brief can be viewed here.

The 1 for 7 Billion Campaign is a global initiative supported by organizations and individuals from all corners of the globe committed to electing the best UN Secretary-General. According to the group’s website “The UN Secretary-General plays a crucial role in tackling global challenges and improving the lives of seven billion people. It is vital that the best person is chosen for the job. But the selection process is secretive and outdated. Just five countries hold sway over a decision that affects us all.” More than 750 organizations have joined the 1 for 7 Billion campaign, and eminent personalities like Kofi Annan and governments also support its goals. 

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