Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon elected as Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission

Sep 15, 2017 14:50 IST
Ban Ki-moon

Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on 14 September 2017 elected as Chair of Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a four-year term.

Ban succeeds Youssoupha Ndiaye of Senegal whose term has come to an end. His appointment was proposed by the IOC Executive Board and was approved during the IOC Session in Lima with a 74-4 majority.

Ban's appointment comes at a time when the IOC is under fire again after its Brazilian honorary member Carlos Nuzman was arrested on corruption charges for awarding of the 2016 Rio Games.

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Ban was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016. He has had a close relationship with the IOC as in 2009, IOC was granted Permanent Observer Status at the UN. He has also been the Olympic torch bearer.

Ban’s first action as the Secretary General was to introduce a code of ethics to the organisation, which applies to all employees. He constituted an Ethics Committee to devise a unified set of standards and policies for the entire UN system.

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