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Last updated: 28 September, 2006 - Published 10:04 GMT
 
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Who will take over from Kofi Annan?
 
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan addressing the UN.
Who will be the next UN Secretary General?
BBC's Owen Bennett joins us from the UN headquaters in New York with a special debate.

We hear from four of the seven candidates for UN Secretary General on why they should be chosen to head this role and what their vision of the United Nations now.

Each of them is hoping the five permanent members of the Security Council, the US, China, France, Russia and the UK, support their candidacy, because each of those countries has a veto. But they also need the support of four of the following ten countries which are currently NON-permanent members: Argentina, Congo, Denmark, Ghana, Greece, Japan, Peru, Quata, Slovakia and Tanzania.

The candidates who agreed to participate in our debate are Sashi Tharoor of India, Latvia's President Veeka Free burger, Jayantha Dhanapala from Sri Lanka and from Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.

Over to Owen...

First Broadcast 28th September 2006

 
 
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