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UN chief to focus on sustaining Arab Spring

UN chief to focus on sustaining Arab Spring

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he wants to help people who rose up in the Arab Spring attain and sustain freedom and democracy.
Ban is embarking on a second five-year term starting New Year's Day. He also says he intends to do more for young people and women, and address frustrations over the growing gap between the rich and poor expressed by the Occupy movement.
Ban's ability to influence what happens is limited because the U.N. secretary-general has no independent power over international affairs.
But the position is a powerful megaphone, and following his unanimous reelection by the U.N. General Assembly in June to a second and final five-year term, diplomats say may become more outspoken and perhaps more influential on global issues.


Updated : 2021-03-03 07:30 GMT+08:00