The Spanish government publicly reiterated its support for Colombian vice-president Angelino Garzon in his candidacy for the Directorate General of the UN’s International Labour Organization [ILO].
The vote of confidence was announced during an Economic Forum in Madrid by Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America Jesus Garcia. The Spanish official called Garzon the “best candidate.”
Garcia cited Garzon’s career trajectory, from his early influence in trade union movements to his current government position. The current vice-president has served as Minister of Labour and Social Security, governor of Cauca and Colombian ambassador to the UN.
The announcement serves as a boost to Garzon’s candidacy, with the Colombian seen as a front runner for the ILO role.
Current Deputy Director General of the ILO Guy Ryder is favorite for the post, although he has not yet formally registered his candidacy.