Thursday, October 19, 2006

New Secretary-General of the United Nations

The UN General Assembly has appointed Ban Ki-moon, current ambassador from the Republic of Korea, as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, his term will start on January 1, 2007. He will replace current Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose second term expires at the end of December.

The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Security Council. The Secretary-General's selection is therefore subject to the veto of any of the five permanent members of the Security Council. Although there is technically no limit to the number of five-year terms a Secretary-General may serve, none so far has held office for more than two terms.

If you would like to read more about this appointment, check out the UN News Focus page.

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