Obama backs UN secretary-general for new term

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Posted: Jun 07, 2011 8:52 AM
Obama backs UN secretary-general for new term

President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's (bahn kee-moon) run for a second term at the head of the international body.

The president made the announcement in a statement Tuesday in which he referred to the U.N. as "an imperfect, but indispensable institution."

The United States continues to play a large role in U.N. affairs and makes a substantial financial contribution to the world body each year, although the U.N. also has harsh critics among some in Congress. In endorsing Ban's re-election bid, Obama said he feels the secretary-general "has made important reforms" at the U.N., including efforts to hire more women for senior posts and cuts in the body's budget. He applauded Ban's "efforts to resolve the political and humanitarian crisis in Libya."