South Korean Ban Ki-Moon takes over as United Nations Secretary-General on Jan. 1.

Ban Ki-Moon will face enormous challenges the minute he takes over from Kofi Annan as Secretary-General of the United Nation s on Jan. 1.

Iran, North Korea, Darfur and the many other hot spots around the world will dominate his agenda and consume most of his energies. I hope he will hold a bit in reserve to look after the secretariat and its people.

Ban should not believe those who claim the United Nations secretariat -- the administrative nerve centre -- is a...

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