UN Foundation Welcomes the Republic of Korea's Ban Ki-Moon as the UN's Next Secretary-General
Statement by Ted Turner, Chairman of the Board of Directors
October 13, 2006
“The UN Foundation Board warmly welcomes the election of H.E. Ban Ki-moon, South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
We congratulate Minister Ban on his victory and look forward to working with him in his new role, and to support his agenda to make the UN more agile and responsive to current days needs, including building partnerships between civil society and the UN in furtherance of the decisions outlined in the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document.
Minister Ban has had an impressive diplomatic career in the service of his government, during which he has demonstrated the leadership and managerial skills necessary to head the world’s leading international organization. During the campaign, he spoke directly of the challenges facing the UN, such as continued management reform and strengthened peacebuilding capacity, and made convincing arguments that he could manage the many tasks a Secretary-General faces.