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General Assembly Appoints Ban Ki-Moon to Second Term as UN Secretary-General

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–21 June 2011.  The United Nations General Assembly today agreed to appoint Ban Ki-moon to a second consecutive term as the Secretary-General of the 192-member Organization.

Under the resolution, which was adopted by acclamation, Mr. Ban’s second term will run from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016.

Today’s decision follows a recommendation last week by members of the Security Council that Mr. Ban – the eighth person to serve as UN chief – be re-appointed. He has been in office since January 2007.

Following the re-appointment, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss praised Mr. Ban for “his remarkable leadership” of the world body.

“In a complex, difficult international environment, you have strengthened the role and the visibility of the United Nations by adopting reform measures; launching exciting, innovative initiatives; and calling faithfully and constantly for respect for human rights, the rule of law and the other values rooted in our Charter,” Mr. Deiss told the Assembly.

Representatives of the regional groups among UN Member States also welcomed the decision during separate addresses to the Assembly meeting.

Source: un.org

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