UNGA Appoints UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Second Term

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General21 June 2011: Acting on the recommendation of the Security Council, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously appointed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term beginning 1 January 2012.

In his remarks after his election, Ban listed the accomplishments of the UN since he first took office in January 2007, including its role in putting climate change "squarely on the global agenda," advancing global health, sustainable development and education; saving lives amid devastating natural disasters; and setting up UN Women to empower women worldwide. In the context of the economic crisis, he underlined the need to "improve our ability to Deliver as One" and "do more to connect the dots among the world's challenges," highlighting women's and children's health, green growth, and more equitable social and economic development. Ban added that "a clear time-frame lies ahead" and made reference to the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). [Ban's Statement] [UNGA Press Release] [UNGA Resolution 65/282]