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The Guardian view on the UN secretary general: a real leader is needed | Editorial

Ban Ki-moon’s successor faces immense challenges. He or – better still – she would be better off serving an extended but single term The first incumbent described his post as “the most impossible job on this earth”. Trygve Lie had only 50-odd nations to wrangle, but found the combination of backroom politicking, public profile and organisational management too much. Whoever takes the reins from Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary general this year will inherit 193 member states, plus a mammoth, haphazardly evolved bureaucracy – and a poisonous schism at the heart of the security council.
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