Ban Ki-moon Announces Bid for Second UN Term

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe / UN

Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday (June 6) that he intends to run for a second term as secretary-general of the United Nations.

“This morning, I sent a letter to the membership of the General Assembly and the Security Council, offering humbly, myself for consideration for a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations,” Ban told reporters at the press conference in New York. “It has been an enormous privilege to lead this great organization. If supported by the Members States, I would be deeply honored to serve once more.”

In his remarks, Ban outlined what he described as accomplishments achieved by the United Nations during his term, including putting climate change on the global agenda, responding quickly and effectively to various humanitarian agencies, saving lives and promoting peace in conflict-afflicted African countries, and keeping the world focused on addressing the needs of developing countries.

Ban’s current term ends in December 2011. Diplomats and experts have noted that Ban is likely to secure a second term, especially with the reported support of the five veto-wielding permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

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