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Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth.

What is the role of the Secretary-General of the United Nations? And can he actually take shorthand?

The critique, if that is what it was, of the United Nations Organization seems to have gone quite in the United States. In that sense, Ban Ki Moon has been an effective head of the United Nations. He did not make waves. He did what he was to do, or so we might assume. Now it looks his reappointment is a foregone conclusion. Perhaps in his second term he might provide a stronger voice, and even leadership for a global community. I doubt it.

As al Jazeera explain:

Officially, UN secretaries-general are elected by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council.

In reality, it is the five permanent veto-wielding council members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the US – that decide who gets the job.

Ban Ki Moon justified his case:

Speaking to reporters at UN headquarters, Ban cited his push to make climate change a top concern for governments as one of his major accomplishments since he took the helm of the world body in January 2007.

On his watch, he said, the UN “responded quickly and effectively to a series of devastating humanitarian emergencies” in Myanmar, Haiti, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Ban said his team also worked to keep attention on the world’s poorest people during the global economic crisis.

Why do some countries have the veto power on international decision making? Why is not the UN organized on a democratic basis, and it representatives directly voted for, as for example, in the European Parliament?



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