Tributes paid to outgoing UN Secretary-General

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GA’s Tribute to outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Tributes have been paid to the outgoing United Nations Secretary-General, who is stepping down after ten years leading the global organization.

Ban Ki-moon was praised at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York which also marked the inauguration of the next United Nations chief.

Matthew Wells reports.

The decade that Ban Ki-moon has led the United Nations has been one of the most tumultuous in the organization's 70 years.

The rise of global terrorism, conflict in the Middle East, the refugee crisis, climate change, the fight against poverty and the fight against inequality are all issues the UN chief has faced head on.

Speaking in the General Assembly hall, the US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power said he had given hope to people and particularly children around the world.

"Imagine all of those children out there who as a result of this man's leadership, Ban Ki-moon's leadership over the past decade, who will have hope that they otherwise would not have had. Just think what a difference that hope, their hope, our hope will make in shaping the future of our world for the better. We ae so grateful to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his service and for doing so much to make the United Nations into the beacon of hope he has always seen it to be."

Mr Ban steps down on 31 December.

He is being replaced by the former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

Mr Guterres will take up the post as the ninth UN Secretary-General on 1 January 2017.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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