Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2011) – United Nations Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth released the following statement today on the news that Ban Ki-moon will seek a second term as UN Secretary-General:
“Secretary-General Ban has led the United Nations during a critical time of change and opportunity. Today more than ever, the UN is bringing together new partners to advance innovative solutions for critical global problems. The United Nations that the world depends upon every day does not shy away from the new challenges facing our world. Secretary-General Ban knows that the success of the UN as an institution, and its impact in the daily life of families around the globe, depends on its commitment to innovation and partnership.
“As he looks to a second term as Secretary-General, Ban’s priorities for the UN point to some of the key issues that demand global attention. We welcome this focus on greater peace and stability, improved health for women and girls, better humanitarian response to natural disasters and crises, attention to climate change, empowerment of women and girls, and a commitment to sustainable energy for all.
“A more transparent, accountable, efficient and effective UN under his vision of a ‘Stronger UN for a Better World’ will help achieve these goals. The UN is an organization that is more relevant today than ever before. There is a great deal we can accomplish together.”
About the UN Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.