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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

APPOINTMENT PROCESS

The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Security Council. The Secretary-General's selection is therefore subject to the veto of any of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1 January 2007. His predecessors were:

Although there is technically no limit to number of five-year terms a Secretary-General may serve, none so far has held office for more than two terms.