Brussels, 19 January 2012/ ACP Newsdesk: The Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has issued a message of congratulations and support to H. E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, who recently began his second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Dr. Chambas commended Ban Ki-Moon for his efforts and leadership in steering the global body in difficult times. In particular, he noted improvements in the area of peacekeeping, peace-building and social development, in addition to enhanced human resources management as among the important achievements of the Ban tenure.

Dr. Chambas further applauded the excellent working relations that have evolved between the UN and the ACP Group, including important agreements signed with Specialised UN agencies such as the Food and agricultural Organisation (FAO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

The ACP Secretary-General wishes Mr. Bank Ki-Moon greater strides and even more advancements in working relations with the ACP in the years ahead.

A career diplomat, Ban Ki-Moon was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of South Korea until his election as UN Secretary-General in January 2007. He succeeded H. E. Mr. Kofi Annan of Ghana as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ban’s second five-year term concludes in 2017.

(Pictured: Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas and UN secretary General Ban Ki Moon)

– ACP Newsdesk