Friday

The General Assembly’s plenary on Friday to appoint Ban Ki Moon is expected to be a very smooth process. A colleague shared with me the agenda, and further details were provided by the Japanese mission.

Update: The plenary will be a public event, webcast at http://www.un.org/webcast/. In addition to chairs of the five regional groups (below), John Bolton, as ambassador from the host country, will make remarks, as will Mr. Dumisani Shadrack Kumalo on behalf of the G-77 and China, and Ms. Kirsti Lintonen for the European Union.

The process will get underway at 3:00pm, with Security Council President Kenzo Oshima presenting the nomination to the General Assembly. The President of the Assembly will then read the text of the draft resolution to the assembled delegates. The succinct text will read simply that

The General Assembly,

Having considered the recommendation contained in Security Council resolution 1715 (2006) of 9 October 2006,

Appoints Mr. Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations for a term of office beginning on 1 January 2007 and ending on 31 December 2011.

Ban’s appointment is expected to be by acclamation immediately afterwards. Chairs of the five regional groups have consulted with the respective members over the past several days, and there is no indication that a formal vote will be requested.

After the vote, the usual congratulatory speeches will be made, first by President Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa. Current UNSG Kofi Annan will follow, and then the chairs of the five regional groups - Mr. Crispin Grey-Johnson (Africa), Mr. Kenzo Oshima (Asia), Mr. Miloš Prica (Eastern Europe), Mr. Diego Cordovez (Latin American and Caribbean) and Mr. Christian Wenaweser (Western European and Others) - will offer remarks.

Ban Ki Moon, now Secretary-General-designate, will speak last.

According to the GA spokesperson, Ban will not take the oath of office on Friday, but rather some time in December, at a date to be determined. This will allow him to wrap up his ministerial obligations in South Korea.

One Response to “Friday”

  1. concerned_earthling says:

    OK Mr Ban, we would not ban you from becoming the UNSG:-) BUT you have to promise that you will be an independent human-being and moon-light once in a while like Arundhita Roy, Michael Moore or even Salman Rushdie (minus his stupid pride):-)))Best of luck from all the crazies of this world.

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