Furthering the Work of the United Nations

Highlights of the Tenure of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 2007-2016

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This volume explores United Nations efforts over the past decade to uphold the values and advance the objectives of the UN Charter. It offers a reflection on the challenges, explains the Organization's approaches, and catalogues both gains and setbacks, as well as suggests avenues for future action. This book highlights the fact that under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's tenure there has been a dramatic rise in the expectations placed on the UN. Those demands emanate from the world’s people, governments, those caught up in conflict or oppression, and from Mother Earth, suffering so much from decades of misuse. Today’s UN is asked to work in more spheres of activity, more locations and more difficult circumstances. It has deployed more peace operations than ever and now serves the largest humanitarian caseload in history. With the adoption of bold new goals on sustainability and climate change, the UN also has the most ambitious development agenda since its founding.



Peace operations and their priorities

The year Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took office, 20 peacekeeping operations were deployed on four continents with roughly 100,000 personnel, including police and military, and another 27 special political missions around the world with over 2,000 personnel, ranging from special envoys to regional political offices, country-specific political missions and sanctions monitoring groups. Of these 47 peace operations, most had been mandated by the Security Council, though some had been authorized by the General Assembly, such as the Myanmar good offices and Syria special envoy roles, while others had been established under the Secretary-General’s own authority, including regional offices.


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