Post of UN Secretary-General: Why not a Buddhist this time?
[b]Post of UN Secretary-General: Why not a Buddhist this time?[/b]
By Senaka Weeraratna
The post of UN Secretary – General is usually given to a suitable candidate drawn from a particular continent using the principle of geographical rotation. Next, it is Asia’s turn. It is also incumbent on the Secretary – General to give some representation through his person to the beliefs and values of the dominant civilizations of that continent.
Hindu and Buddhist civilizations have been pre-dominant on the Asian continent for more than two millennia. There are more than ten Buddhist states in Asia, namely Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Kampuchea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Bhutan, Korea, Singapore, China, Japan and Mongolia. There are two Hindu states i.e. India and Nepal. The total population of Buddhists and Hindus in Asia exceed 2.5 billion. This is a staggering figure that should be taken into account when filling the post of the UN Secretary – General.