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The decline of Kofi

Kofi Annan's ten years as United Nations secretary-general have left the organisation in worse shape, politically and adminstratively, than it has ever been

By Alexander Casella   October 2006

Earlier this week, the security council officially nominated Ban Ki-Moon, South Korea’s foreign minister, to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations. Ban’s nomination will shortly be rubber-stamped by the general assembly, and his term will begin on 1st January 2007.

But the new secretary-general will inherit an organisation in deep trouble; and much of the blame for this can be laid at the door of the outgoing secretary-general, Kofi Annan. Six months ago, Annan’s waning credibility was dealt a death blow by the UN general assembly. By an overwhelming majority, including most developing countries, the member states rejected…

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