Monday, January 01, 2007

Will the new UN Secretary General deliver?

With the start of the new year, the former South Korean Foreign Minister Ban ki-Moon has taken over as the new United Nations Secretary General. The big question that will be on many people's minds is whether he can deliver.

Koffi Annan, who had been the world's number one diplomat for ten years had kept Africa at the top of UN agenda. Annan made sure the poor and under-privileged of the world are represented. He inititated and pushed programmes that focus on the developing world such as the MDGs.

With an Asian at the helm, will Africa still feature? Dafur remains the thorn in the world's flesh. It is unfortunate Annan steps down without seeing it ends.

It is best to give Ki-Moon the benefit of the doubt, though. Welcome, Mr Secretary General.