Ki-moon thanks exiting U.N. disarmament chief for service
The secretary-general also said Kim Won-soo will act as the interim high representative until a permanent replacement is found.
I would like to express my tremendous gratitude for her outstanding service and successful advocacy of disarmament and nonproliferation issues with member states, civil society and the public," Ki-Moon said in his statement. "Through greatly increased participation in international meetings and seminars, either as a representative of the Secretary-General or on her own behalf, Ms. Kane made a crucial contribution to the collective endeavor of the United Nations and its member states."
Ki-moon details Kane's service to the U.N. that spans more than 40 years, during which she has served in many countries and in many positions, including under-secretary-general for management and assistant secretary-general for political affairs.
Ki-moon also thanked Kane for her work on Ki-moon's five-point action plan to bolster disarmament activity, originally implemented in 2008, and called on Won-soo to continue the work Kane had started.