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Candidates for U.N. Secretary-General

Published 10:52 PM ET, Tue April 12, 2016
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Vuk Jeremic, Serbia's former foreign minister, is no stranger to the United Nations. He served as the U.N. General Assembly president from 2012 to 2013. He called the secretary-general candidacy "a great honor" Tuesday. Ahmet Bolat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images/FILE
The government of Montenegro submitted Igor Luksic's name for secretary-general candidacy back in January. The former prime minister speaks four languages, and served as the country's minister of finance and minister of foreign affairs. While serving on foreign affairs, he worked on European integration. He has also published three books of poetry and prose. ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images
Irina Bokova is in her second term as director general of UNESCO, the United Nations' branch for educational and cultural heritage. Before that, she was Bulgaria's ambassador to France and Monaco, and served as the chief for political and legal affairs at Bulgaria's Mission to the United Nations in New York. KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images
After being Portugal's prime minister, Antonio Guterres became the U.N. high commissioner for refugees and under his leadership, the world saw "some of the largest displacement crises in recent history," like the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Yemen, according to the United Nations website. Though he reduced staff in Geneva by 20%, "he increased its cost effectiveness and emergency response capacity." TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
Before Danilo Turk became the president of Slovenia, he had a notable career at the United Nations in New York. After the country gained its independence in 1991, he served as its first ambassador to the United Nations and led the mission to membership on the Security Council. Former Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed him as assistant secretary general for political affairs. Darko Bandic/AP
Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic was an academic before entering politics in 2000 as a member of Parliament. According to her resume, her first nongovernmental organization was a group she started in former Yugoslavia, the first feminist group in the country. ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty Images
Natalia Gherman is a career diplomat from Moldova who served as ambassador to Austria, and the U.N. agencies in Vienna, Sweden, Norway and Finland. After returning to Moldova, she served as the minister of foreign affairs and the deputy prime minister. DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images
Helen Clark is the only candidate so far who doesn't hail from Europe. The former prime minister of New Zealand, Clark leads the United Nations Development Programme, which focuses on helping countries eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. She is the first woman to lead UNDP and was the second female prime minister of New Zealand. KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
Srgjan Kerim of Macedonia has had a career that spans diplomacy, economics, politics and media. Aside from serving as ambassador to Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the former foreign affairs minister also was his country's representative to the United Nations and served as the president of the General Assembly. Uli Deck/picture-alliance/dpa/AP