Ban Ki-Moon sworn in as next UN secretary-general Jeannie Shawl at 1:23 PM ET
[JURIST] The UN General Assembly held a ceremony [recorded video] Thursday to administer the oath of office to new UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile; UN materials]. Ban, appointed [JURIST report] to the position in October, will succeed Kofi Annan [official profile] when the two-term secretary-general steps down on December 31.
The General Assembly also paid tribute to Annan's 10 years of service. In remarks [text] during the ceremony, Annan said that in the past decade the UN has "internalized the notion ... that development, security and human rights must go hand in hand; and that there can be no security without development and no development without security, and neither can be sustained in the longer term without being rooted in the rule of law and respect for human rights." AP has more. The UN News Service has additional coverage.
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