What sort of person do governments want as the secretary general of the United Nations? For all the tributes pouring forth on this anniversary, there is no evidence that the members of the Security Council have ever tried to find another Hammarskjold. Can it be that eight years of dynamic leadership half a century ago was enough for them?
-- Former U.N. official Brian Urquhart, in "Learning From Hammarskjold," a New York Times op-ed that considered contemporary global politics on the 50th anniversary of day that the 2d U.N. Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, died in a plane crash en route to peace talks. In the same op-ed, Urquhart notes that Ban Ki-moon has just won a 2d 5-year term as S-G, and then asks "when, at last, will a woman be nominated?" -- a question on which 'Grrls have posted.