United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expected to announce Monday that he plans to run for a second five-year term. There is no declared opponent as of yet and the incumbent is expected to receive backing from the powerful Security Council.
Ban Ki-moon has maintained a successful career in the field of diplomacy. The 67-year-old South Korean succeeded former Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2007 and is the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations.
After graduating from Seoul National University in International Relations, he immediately accepted a diplomatic post in New Delhi, India. Prior to his stint at the UN, Ban was a diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as the Foreign Minister in the Republic of Korea.
Ban has called a press conference for Monday where he is expected to formally announce his re-election bid as UN Secretary General, according to Agence-France Presse. At the present time, there is no formal challenger.
Diplomats say that a final vote on his second five-year term could be held as early as the end of June. It is predicted that Ban could receive complete backing from the UN Security Council. “It is 100 percent certain that he will get the post again,” said one senior diplomat.
So far, Ban has visited the capitals of all five permanent members of the security council; Greater Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. He will also meet with an Asian group of organizations before the press conference is held, reports the Herald Sun.
This news comes as Ban stated that he supports a creation of a Palestinian state, but noted that it is an issue for the UN General Assembly, according to the United Press International. During his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Ban said he agrees with U.S. President Barack Obama’s territorial vision of the Middle East.