Kofi Annan Reappointed as U.N. Secretary-General
On 29 June 2001, in an unanimous move following the recommendation of the Security Council, the General Assembly reappointed Kofi Annan for a second 5-year term as the U.N. Secretary-General. In an unprecedented development, the elections, which are generally held late in the fall, were moved up a few months.
After the vote, the Secretary-General said that during his first four and half years in office he sought "to speak out in defense of those who cannot speak for themselves, for the right of the poorest to development, and the right of the weakest and most vulnerable to protection." He continued by stating "I have sought to make universal human rights the touchstone of my work, in all their aspects, because I believe they belong to every faith, every culture and every people."