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16/07/11 - The letter of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations to His Excellency Mr. Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

posted 15 Jan 2012, 05:00 by Ambasciata Uzbekistan

Excellency, Dear President Karimov,

I write to express my profound gratitude for the support of your Government and your congratulatory letter following the renewal of my mandate as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Upon taking office nearly five years ago, I pledged to serve the Member States with all of my heart and to the best of my abilities. I promised to lead by example and listen attentively to your concerns. I declared myself full of hope for the future – an optimist who, with your support, would seek to deliver more and better for the people throughout the world who turn to the United Nations for life-saving and life-enhancing help.

These beliefs and commitments have guided me ever since. I assure you they will continue to inspire and underpin my second term.

It has been an immense privilege to serve as Secretary-General of this great Organization, and to lead such a courageous and dedicated staff. We have worked closely together to achieve progress on critical global issues of peace and security, development and human rights. We have shown that good things can happen when we stand shoulder-to-shoulder, united in common cause for the global good. I am proud of all we have done together, even as I am aware of the formidable challenges ahead.

I am eager to deepen our partnership, and determined to build a strong and effective instrument of service to humankind, all while upholding the principles enshrined m the Charter. As I said at the start of my term and believe all the more passionately today, the United Nations – our United Nations – is needed now more than ever before.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

With deepest thanks for your strong support.

I wish You continued good health and success.

Ban Ki-moon,
Secretary-General of the United Nations