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Published:January 2nd, 2007 06:26 EST
Ban Ki-moon takes over as UN Secretary-General, calls for common action to face crises

Ban Ki-moon takes over as UN Secretary-General, calls for common action to face crises

By SOP newswire

Passing an honour guard and welcomed with applause from staff, new United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived at the world body’s New York Headquarters today for his first official day of work, stressing the need for collective action to address a host of international crises.

Mr. Ban, who succeeded Kofi Annan to become the eighth UN Secretary-General as the New Year came in on 1 January, smiled broadly as he entered the towering landmark building on New York’s East River.

“I am very much overwhelmed by all this warm welcome,” he told a crowd of reporters. “Your presence this morning is a vivid proof that the United Nations is much alive in the front line addressing all the challenges and issues and trying to give hope to all the people around the world,” he said.

“I start my day as Secretary-General of the United Nations with much expectations and hope and promise and I need your strong support. I start my duty at a daunting time in international affairs starting from Darfur to Middle East, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, many other crises that trouble our world,” he added, stressing that these issues need to be addressed collectively.

After paying tribute at the memorial for UN personnel who have fallen in the line of duty, he was to address staff on his hopes and aspirations.

 

 source: UN