Who will be the next UN Secretary General? Runners for Kofi Annan's job
Seven people have already declared their candidacy, but it is possible that Mr Annan's successor will not be among them. There is still time for others to throw their hats into the ring.
Traditionally, the UN Security Council recommends a candidate and the 192-member General Assembly approves the choice.
Click here for portraits of the seven candidates. (Courtesy BBC)
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