Ki-moon thanks exiting U.N. disarmament chief for service

United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane is stepping down.
United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane is stepping down. | Courtesy of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs
After United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) High Representative Angela Kane said she was stepping down, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement expressing his gratitude for her tenure on Tuesday.

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.

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