ban-ki-moon.jpgUNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly has voted unanimously to elect Ban Ki-moon for a second five- year term as the world body’s Secretary General, lauding him for bolstering the organisation’s role and visibility in “trying circumstances.”



The 192-nation assembly backed the 67-year-old former South Korean foreign minister by acclamation on Tuesday. Ban’s second term will commence from January 1, 2012.


With no contenders to throw a challenge for the post, the assembly approved the new term by consensus. Ban declared his candidature two weeks ago and received the formal backing by the powerful 15-member UN Security Council on Friday. All regional groups at the UN also endorsed him.


Ban has termed his re-election as a “very great honour beyond expression.”


Gabon’s UN ambassador Nelson Messone, the current Security Council President who introduced the assembly resolution, said Ban has “remarkably and with all objectivity and independence” worked on every continent, to promote peace, justice and international security, “sometimes in particularly difficult

 and trying circumstances.”


After the vote, Ban was escorted to the podium where General Assembly President Joseph Deiss told him, “In a complex, difficult international environment, you have strengthened the role and the visibility of the United Nations by adopting reform measures, launching exciting, innovative initiatives, and calling faithfully and constantly for respect for human rights, the rule of law and the other values rooted in our charter.”