UN chief pitches 5-year 'action agenda'

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has presented some of his plans of action to the General Assembly as he embarks on his second term.

In a speech before member states on Wednesday (Jan. 25), Ban proposed for the creation of a first-of-its-kind World Humanitarian Summit and a new U.N. Partnerships Facility.

Ban announced the United Nations will work with member states to make Antartica a World Nature Preserve. He also plans to launch a campaign to wipe out malaria, polio, pediatric HIV infections, maternal and neonatal tetanus, and measles — five of the world’s major killers. And as the United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, the organization, led by U.N.-Energy, will rally governments, civil society and the private sector in achieving universal access to sustainable energy.

The secretary-general also mentioned some members of his team will no longer be with him. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro will step down from office in June, when the highly anticipated U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) takes place. Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar, meanwhile, will move on to become Ban’s special adviser on Myanmar.

Other people leaving within the year include Under-Secretary-General for Management Angela Kane, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy, and Special Adviser for Prevention of Genocide Francis Deng.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.