UN chief Ban Ki-moon has been re-elected for a second five-year term as secretary general. The 192-member organisation backed him unanimously.
But the former South Korean foreign minister who took over in 2007 has had a mixed first term.
One notable success has been his firm line on election results in Ivory Coast which eventually forced the failed candidate Laurent Gbagbo to admit defeat.
He has also received acclaim for his stance on climate change and the current Arab Spring.
But even his consummate mediation skills have failed with Syria’s President Assad who it is said refuses to return his calls and he has also been criticised for being too close to Washington.