Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked the Australian government to nominate him for the role of United Nations Secretary-General. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed the news on 18 July, stating that the cabinet would need to discuss the candidacy before taking any action.
Rudd is looking to take over the role which is currently being held by Ban Ki-moon who’s second term will end on 31 December. “Kevin Rudd has requested that the Australian Government nominate him and, as the Prime Minister has indicated on a number of occasions, that’ll be a matter for cabinet,” Bishop said. “I’ll certainly put the matter forward.”