Ted Turner Statement: UN General Assembly Appoints Ban Ki-moon to Second Term as United Nations Secretary-General

Washington, D.C. and Oslo, Norway

July 21, 2011


Alexis Krieg

United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner, traveling in Norway with UN Foundation Board members, released the following statement today in reaction to the General Assembly election of Ban Ki-moon for a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

“I congratulate the United Nations General Assembly for its decision to support the leadership of Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary-General for a second term. Today’s vote is good news for the United Nations and for everyone around the world. Ban’s continued leadership will provide the confidence, vision and continuity to help the UN deliver health, peace and security in challenging times.

“The Secretary-General has identified ways to accelerate progress in the fight against global problems. His Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, his leadership in strengthening peacekeeping operations, and his focus on reform are making the UN and its work more relevant than ever before. Ban’s priorities are the priorities of a 21st-century UN.

“I’ll be working alongside Ban during his second term, and invite everyone to do the same. Everyone has a role in solving global problems and, with the leadership of an effective and forward-thinking Secretary-General, we can all make progress together.”


About the United Nations 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.  The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.  Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.  The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote 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.