UN / BAN KI-MOON

13-Oct-2006 00:02:28
The UN General Assembly has officially endorsed the appointment of Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea as the world body's next Secretary- General to succeed Kofi Annan when he steps down on 31 December. UNTV

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STORY: UN / BAN KI-MOON
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SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 13 OCTOBER 2006, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters
2. Tracking shot, Ban Ki-moon arrives to building in limousine and enters Secretariat
3. Wide shot, General Assembly in full
4. Wide shot, Secretary-General Kofi Annan approaches podium
5. Med shot, Secretary General on podium and Ban Ki-moon sitting next to the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General:
"More than 50 years ago, the first Secretary-General of the United Nations, Trygvy Lie, used the following words in greeting his successor, Dag Hammarskyöld, and I quote, 'You are about to take over the most impossible job on Earth" End quote. While that may be true, I would say: this is also the best possible job on Earth."
7. Wide shot, General Assembly hall
8. Wide shot, Ban Ki-Moon approaches podium
9. Med shot, Korean delegation
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-Moon, newly elected United Nations Secretary-General:
"Maintaining their proud heritage, while vigorously holding them to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity will be a prime goal of my tenure. The aim of Secretariat reform is not to penalize but to reward, so that their talent and skill, experience and dedication may be fully mobilized and properly utilized. Rewarding hard work and excellence to boost morale, making everyone accountable for his/her own action or inaction, and pushing for greater gender balance, in particular at senior levels."
11. Wide shot, General Assembly hall
STORYLINE:
Applauding in acclamation, the United Nations General Assembly today appointed Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea as the world body's next Secretary-General, to succeed Kofi Annan when he steps down on 31 December.
Smiling, waving and nodding to the applauding members of the 192-nation body, the man who will become the world's top diplomat for five years on 1 January, was escorted by the UN Chief of Protocol through the Assembly central aisle to the podium.
Mr. Annan hailed Mr. Ban as a "future Secretary-General who is exceptionally attuned to the sensitivities of countries and constituencies in every continent - a man with a truly global mind at the helm of the world's only universal organization.
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon said that he was eager to join the ranks of the world's "premier secretariat" and added that he had deep respect and admiration for the able, dedicated and courageous men and women who serve the world organization.
Mr. Ban added that maintaining their proud heritage, while vigorously holding them to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity will be a prime goal of his tenure.
Mr. Ban is no stranger to the world body. Earlier in his diplomatic career he served in his country's mission to the UN and in 2001 was Chef de Cabinet to then General Assembly President Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea.
The chairpersons of the UN's five regional groups and a representative of the United States as host country each took the podium, praising the Secretary-General-designate for his diplomatic skills and personal qualities, and said the world body would be in able hands as it faces the challenges to come. They paid tribute to Mr. Annan for his work in steering the UN through 10 difficult years.
The last Asian Secretary-General was U Thant of Myanmar (then called Burma), who left office in 1971.
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