World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Ban Congratulates Obama On Election As President

Ban congratulates Obama on election as United States President

5 November 2008 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his congratulations to United States President-Elect Barack Obama, voicing hope that his election will usher in a new era of multilateralism and enhanced partnership with the United Nations.

“As Secretary-General of the UN, I look forward to working with the new administration to fulfill our common goals and enormously important objectives,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York. “This is, I believe, an historic opportunity.”

He recalled previous statements by Mr. Obama, who was elected last night and will take office next January, in which he spoke about the strong stake the US has in the UN.

This will be a “good opportunity not only for, not only the United States, but the United Nations as a whole to resolve all issues through dialogue,” the Secretary-General said, expressing confidence that there will be greater cooperation between the Organization and the US.

“If ever there were a time for the world to join together, it is now,” he said, pointing to the global financial turmoil, climate change, reaching the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline and the twin food and energy crises.

Mr. Ban told journalists that he met Mr. Obama for the first and only time last year, shortly after taking office as Secretary-General, when they were seated next to each other on a flight between Washington and New York.

During the half-hour flight, the President-Elect asked the Secretary-General many questions on the world body’s goals and on issues such as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Iranian nuclear issue and UN reform.

“He was very engaging and he knew a lot about the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said, adding that he was very encouraged by the encounter.

The Secretary-General also congratulated his “good friend,” Vice President-Elect Joseph Biden.

“With a glad heart, I welcome this new era of partnership for change,” Mr. Ban said, noting that he hopes to speak with Mr. Obama soon, both over the telephone and in person.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN News: ‘Things Have To Change’ Canada’s Trudeau Declares Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the world must change, as multilateral systems established decades ago are not working as they should, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada told the UN General Assembly on Friday. “The world is in crisis, and ... More>>

Assange's Hearing: Latest Observations From Court

Despite severe restrictions on observers, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the only NGO that has gained access to the hearing, and we’ve managed to monitor proceedings on most days. We will continue to do so whenever possible. Yesterday I was in court ... More>>

ILO: Impact On Workers Of COVID-19 Is ‘catastrophic’

COVID-19 has had a “catastrophic” impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization ( ILO ) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the ... More>>

UN: WHO Warns Against Potential Ebola Spread In DR Congo And Beyond

Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. ... More>>