December 5, 1996 |
Boutros Boutros-Ghali "suspended" his candidacy for reelection as United Nations secretary-general Wednesday, a move that diplomats here said clears the way for selection of a new U.N. leader more acceptable to the United States. The U.N. Security Council, charged with nominating the secretary-general, is expected to begin considering alternative candidates Friday and could make a selection as early as Monday, council sources said.
May 27, 1991 |
No candidates figure to strain their voices or flatten their feet stumping the constituency. No handlers are waiting in the wings with mudslinging TV commercials. All is calm and quiet, without the patter of insults or flashes of emotion. Yet the electoral campaign for United Nations secretary general is already well under way.
September 17, 2006 |
Before the beginning of 2007, the United Nations must elect a replacement for outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Candidates can declare their intention to run but risk the disdain of fellow diplomats if they publicly campaign for the post. After reviewing the candidates, members of the Security Council conduct straw polls among themselves to gauge support for a candidate, with each contender receiving an "encouragement" or "discouragement."
October 14, 2006 |
The General Assembly on Friday appointed South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon to succeed Kofi Annan as U.N. secretary-general. Ban, 62, will become the eighth secretary-general in the U.N.'s 60-year history Jan. 1, when Annan's second five-year term expires. He was one of seven candidates vying to be the U.N. chief and topped all four informal polls in the Security Council.
January 3, 1997 |
Kofi Annan began his term as U.N. secretary-general Thursday by swiftly moving to the top of his public agenda the need to reform and streamline the embattled world organization. In a brief statement to reporters as he entered the building for his first day on the job, the 58-year-old Ghanaian, a veteran of three decades of work within the U.N., linked reform to the need for countries to pay their back dues.
January 22, 1997 |
When U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrives in Washington today for his first official visit, his initial meeting--before sessions with President Clinton, Sen. Jesse Helms, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the National Press Club--will be a 45-minute chat with the 10-member Minnesota congressional delegation. Annan, born in the West African nation of Ghana, had his first exposure to America in the early 1960s as an undergraduate at small Macalester College in St. Paul.