Ban Ki-moon, former secretary general of the United Nations, has been proposed to become the new chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission.
The proposal has been made by the IOC’s executive board and will now be put for vote to the full membership at the IOC Session in the Peruvian capital of Lima in September.
Ban (pictured), who served as UN secretary general from January 2007 to December 2016, would replace Youssoupha Ndiaye as chair of the IOC Ethics Commission. Ndiaye is standing down from the role at the end of this IOC Session.
One of Ban’s first acts as UN secretary general was to introduce a code of ethics, which applied to all employees. He also oversaw the inclusion of “sport as an important enabler” in the Sustainable Development Goals, which formed part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Ban said: “I am deeply honoured to be nominated as the chair of the IOC’s Ethics Commission and accept the position with a sense of humility and responsibility. The United Nations and the International Olympic Committee have had a close working relationship over many years with both organisations contributing to building a peaceful and better world. In working closely under the principles of the IOC movement, I will do my best to enhance the accountability and transparency of the IOC.”