On Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 The Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) hosted a meeting with Ms. Helen Clark at the Diplomatic Club (El-Tahrir Club), within the efforts of Ms. Clark to promote her candidacy for the position of the next UN Secretary General. On the New Zealand side, The meeting was attended by Ambassador Barney Riley (New Zealand's Ambassador in Cairo) and Ms. Rosemary Banks. On ECFA side, the meeting was attended by Mr. Amr Moussa; Former Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Nabil Fahmy; former Egyptian Foreign Minister, and Mr. Dr. Mostafa El Fekky; former First Assistant Foreign Minister. The meeting was directed by Amb. Abdel Raouf El Reedy, the Honorary Chairman of the ECFA and was held over lunch. The council members in attendance in addition to Amb. Reedy were Amb. Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Shaker, Amb. Dr. Ezzat Saad, Amb. Mohammed Anees Salem, Dr. Mona Makram Ebeid and Ms. Farahnaz Abdel Bary; the Council Researcher.
1) Honorary Chairman, Amb. Abdel Raouf El Reedy commenced the meeting by expressing the council's high praise and consideration for Ms. Clark's presence in Cairo and its keenness on observing how she will make improvements to the international community, should she be elected Secretary General following the upcoming election in October, 2016. Amb. Reedy also stressed on the importance of this position in light of the critical condition of the contemporary international community with regards to the increase of terrorist activities and extremism as well as the instability in the region.
2) Mr. Amr Moussa began with a formal welcome and introduction of HE Helen Clark, noting her 9 year premiership in New Zealand and highlighting that New Zealand's UN record in regards to the situation of Palestine is quite favorable indeed. Mr. Moussa made the following points:
oThe United Nations has not totally failed in its duties as the specialized agencies have proven quite effective.
oThe UN Security Council is in need of reform especially in terms of the Veto in order to accommodate contemporary challenges.
oThere is an emerging consensus among member states of the Security Council in particular that HE Helen Clark should be in the short list for the position of Secretary General.
3) Ms. Helen Clark began expressing her ties with Egypt and the Arab World during her premiership of her country for 9 years
oGiven her nine years in office as the Prime Minister of New Zealand, she is an exceptional candidate for the position with reference to her pragmatic and effective approach to pressing issues.
oReform is necessary given the three pillars of the UN: human rights,development, and international peace and security.
oThere is an evident need of increased engagement of the Secretary General according to article 99 of the charter.
All the attendees participated in the discussion through presenting notes and ideas and exchanging opinions with Mrs. Clark. Additionally, Ambassador Nabeel Fahmy inquired about her plans regarding the international system and her prime priorities in imposing change.
Dr. Mona Makram Ebeid pointed out that by virtue of the years of Mrs. Clark's work in the United Nations Development program, it is important to use the help of the civil society organizations and especially parliament representatives that work in civil society.
Ambassador Mohamed Shaker expressed his hope that the Middle East would become a Nuclear Free Zone, incentivizing Mrs. Clark to promote stability in the region.