Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is a possible nominee for the United Nations Secretary General position, according to media reports.

Current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will finish his 10-year term this 2016. The selection for the new UN chief is now rolling. UN member countries such as Australia, United States and France are expected to file nominations for the coming weeks.

The Australian government under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has yet to decide if they will support Rudd or not. However, Business Standard reports that a spokesperson for Rudd said that “he was not a candidate and the next secretary-general would likely be chosen from Eastern Europe.”

There are reports that the Turnbull government “believes it would be able to avoid nominating any candidate if Rudd remained an outsider in the race.”

Secretary-General’s Role

According to the UN website, the Secretary-General is the “chief administrative officer” of the organisation. He or she shall perform functions entrusted to him or her by the Security Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and other organs of the United Nations.

The UN chief will also “bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security”.