UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is scrutinising the candidates for the extremely difficult post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
But the game is far from over for Luis Alfonso de Alba. He has a number of hurdles to overcome. According to the non written rules of the UN, the UN Secretary General must first of all ask countries to put forward candidates.
Ban Ki-moon must then draw up a short list of his choice and submit it in confidence to the 5 permanent members of the Security Council. This is done to ensure that none of the candidates is going to be vetoed.
Once over this hurdle, Ban Ki moon must consult all the members of the UN in order to identify the person who has the most support. This is before he makes public the man or woman who will be proposed officially to the UN General Assembly.