General Assembly appoints Ban Ki-moon to 2nd term as UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been appointed to serve a second term as head of the world body.

The 192 member UN General Assembly voted Tuesday.

Ban also received unanimous support from the Security Council.

"As Secretary-General, I will work as a harmonizer and bridge-builder — among Member States, within the United Nations system, and between the United Nations and a rich diversity of international partners."

No other candidate had publicly come forward.

Ban Ki-moon is from the Republic of Korea and is the eighth Secretary-General of the UN. At the time of his first election, Ban was his country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The new term begins January 1, 2012.

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