UN Foundation Welcomes the Republic of Korea’s Ban Ki-Moon as the UN’s Next Secretary-General

Statement By Ted Turner, Chairman Of The Board Of Directors

October 13, 2006


Megan Rabbitt

“The UN Foundation Board warmly welcomes the election of H.E. Ban Ki-moon, South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

We congratulate Minister Ban on his victory and look forward to working with him in his new role, and to support his agenda to make the UN more agile and responsive to current days needs, including building partnerships between civil society and the UN in furtherance of the decisions outlined in the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document.

Minister Ban has had an impressive diplomatic career in the service of his government, during which he has demonstrated the leadership and managerial skills necessary to head the world’s leading international organization. During the campaign, he spoke directly of the challenges facing the UN, such as continued management reform and strengthened peacebuilding capacity, and made convincing arguments that he could manage the many tasks a Secretary-General faces.

His predecessor, Kofi Annan, leaves an impressive legacy and has laid out steps to be taken to keep the UN vital in the coming years. We are confident that Minister Ban will continue to improve the United Nations and assure that it continues to play its essential role in international diplomacy. The UN foundation remains firmly committed to being strong advocate for the United Nations and its causes.”

About the United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation 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 also works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. The UN Foundation is a public charity. For a complete listing of UN Foundation grants and programs or to learn more about the United Nations Foundation, visit www.unfoundation.org.

Board of Directors

Ted Turner, Chairman (USA)
Founder, CNN, and Chairman, Turner Enterprises, Inc.

Timothy E. Wirth, President (USA)
Former Senator and Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah (Jordan)
Chairperson, Jordan River Foundation

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway)
Former Prime Minister of Norway, and Director-General Emeritus, WHO

Dr. Ruth Cardoso (Brazil)
President, Comunidade Solidaria

Liang Dan (China)
Director of Investment and Technology, Promotion Branch, UNIDO

Graca Machel (Mozambique)
Chair, Foundation for Community Development, former First Lady of Mozambique

N.R. Narayana Murthy (India)
Chief Mentor, Infosys

His Excellency Mr. Hisashi Owada (Japan)
Judge, International Court of Justice

Emma Rothschild (UK)
Director, Centre for History and Economics, King’s College, University of Cambridge

Nafis Sadik (Pakistan)
Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, former Executive Director of UNFPA

Ambassador Andrew Young (USA)
Chairman, Good Works International

Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh)
Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank

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United Nations Foundation
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