Ban vows reform at United Nations, says Iraq is ‘whole world’s problem’
New U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 16 pledged to complete much-needed reforms at the United Nations and urged all nations to make efforts to secure Iraq, saying the war-torn nation “is the whole world’s problem.”
Meeting with President Bush in the Oval Office, the South Korean vowed to tackle the world’s most pressing issues — Iraq, the Middle East, Sudan, Lebanon, Somalia and North Korea.
Afterward, speaking with reporters, Mr. Ban promised to revamp the troubled organization, which has been a sore point with the Bush administration.
“The United Nations should change with much more efficiency and effectiveness and mobility, and highest level of ethical standard,” he said. “I’m very much committed to carrying out this reform and I need strong support of all member states and staff of the United Nations in carrying these reform measures.”
The Bush administration has long complained that U.N. bureaucracy has compromised the onceeffective organization, and dispatched staunch critic John R. Bolton to New York to address its concerns. During the run-up to the Iraq war, Mr. Bush said the body was teetering on the brink of irrelevancy, but in more recent times
Kelli Rohrig skies down one of the steep runs in Beaver, Colo. on Jan. 17.