The election of the new UN Secretary General

Abstract

The new Secretary General has been nominated with uncommon consensus. In spite of Bush Administration’s disdain for this global organization, the American diplomacy proved attentive to the selection process and pushed for the nomination of South Korean Ban Ki-moon. The latter succeeded in winning the hearts and minds in the General Assembly and the UNSC. Today, because of the institutional evolution of the Secretariat, the mission of the Secretary General is not only administrative but political and diplomatic as well. Ban Ki-moon will have to carry on needed reforms while proving to be skilled enough to navigate between political and financial constraints.

AFRI 2007 Summary

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