Secretary-General Ban calls for his newly appointed officials to be judged by merit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on journalists to judge his recently appointed top officials by their performance and said they were chosen following a thorough selection process.

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

Passing an honour guard and welcomed with applause from staff, former Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon took over formally as United Nations Secretary-General today with a call for collective action to address a host of international crises from Sudan’s Darfur conflict to the nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea.

Pledging 'continuity with change,' Ban Ki-moon names chief of staff, spokesperson

On the eve of taking office as the eighth United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today named two key members of his team, selecting a former senior Indian government official as chef de cabinet and an award-winning journalist from Haiti as spokesperson while pledging “continuity along with change.”

Taking oath of office, Ban Ki-moon vows to restore trust in United Nations

Sworn in today as the eighth and next United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon pledged that his first goal would be to restore trust in the world body, saying he would lead by example to uphold the highest levels of efficiency, competence and integrity.

Security Council proposes Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Ban as Secretary-General

The Security Council today formally chose Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea as its nominee to be the next Secretary-General of the United Nations for a five-year term when incumbent Kofi Annan steps down on 31 December.

Annan to preside over start of meeting on nuclear test ban accord

A meeting aimed at promoting the entry into force of a nuclear test ban accord is slated to begin this weekend at United Nations Headquarters in New York, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan expected to lead the opening events, a UN spokesman said today.