UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been re-elected to serve a second five-year term, in a vote at the UN General Assembly in New York, the BBC said. Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, was the only candidate after the UN Security Council unanimously recommended his re-election. Critics say he is too deferential to major powers, but he has won praise for his policies on climate change and the protests sweeping the Middle East. He took over at the UN in 2007.
His second term will formally begin on 1 January 2012 and run until the end of 2016.