KIRBY

The Washington Times Daily - - DECADE OF LEADERSHIP: UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY - G - Michael Kirby is a re­tired jus­tice of the High Court of Aus­tralia and served as chair of the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil’s Com­mis­sion of In­quiry on Hu­man Rights in the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea.

peo­ple to stand with you too.”

His­tory will judge Sec­re­taryGen­eral Ban well over his lead­er­ship and ded­i­ca­tion to hu­man rights on this is­sue. There will be no U-turn­ing from his stance. It has been the more pow­er­ful be­cause it was ex­pressed in such lan­guage by a pru­dent, pro­fes­sional diplo­mat, whose back­ground was as a diplo­mat from East Asia.

So, here are the es­sen­tial re­quire­ments of the post:

Pru­dence, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, and neu­tral­ity, when that is called for. Courage, prin­ci­ple, and in­spir­ing words, when they are needed. Con­vert­ing high ideals into strate­gic and prac­ti­cal ac­tion. Achiev­ing peace and se­cu­rity, but never for­get­ting the great moral com­mit­ments of the United Na­tions, as ex­pressed in Eleanor Roo­sevelt’s Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights.

These im­por­tant qual­i­ties must now be re­mem­bered as the world pins its hopes on An­to­nio Guter­res as he be­comes the ninth per­son to take over the most dif­fi­cult post in the world.

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