"The role of the United Nations is to lead," UN chief says

10:03, June 22, 2011      

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R Front) takes his oath in front of UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss (L Front) at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United States, June 21, 2011. The UN General Assembly on Tuesday appointed Ban Ki-moon as the UN secretary-general for a second five-year term starting Jan. 1, 2012. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said here Tuesday that "the role of the United Nations is to lead," and "as we look to the future, we recognize the imperative for decisive and concerted action."

The secretary-general made the remarks at the General Assembly shortly after he was appointed by the 192-member UN body as the UN chief for a second five-year term.

Earlier, Ban, led by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, swore his oath of office with his hand on an original signed copy of the UN Charter, which was brought here from the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C..

"The role of the United Nations is to lead," Ban said. "Each of us here today shares that responsibility. It is why the UN matters in a different and deeper way than ever before."

Ban explained that the UN has a legacy of accomplishments and leadership.

"For sixty-five years, this great organization has carried the flame of human aspiration -- 'we the peoples,'" Ban said. "From the last of the great world wars, through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid, we have fed the hungry, delivered comfort to the sick and suffering, brought peace to those afflicted by war."

Ban was elected to a second term as secretary-general by acclamation at the General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon. His new term will begin on Jan. 1, 2012 and run through Dec. 31, 2016.

The secretary-general said that progress has been made in many important areas as the UN continues playing a leadership role globally.

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