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Ban-ki Moon Introduction

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Ban Ki-moon is the current Secretary-General of the United Nations succeeding Kofi Annan in 2007. On 1 January 2007, Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea became the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Before becoming Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. Mr. Ban was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea from January 2004 to November 2006.

In February 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. Mr. Ban has long-standing ties with the United Nations, dating back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations Division. Mr. Ban received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970.

In 1985, Mr. Ban earn ed a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In July 2008, Mr. Ban received an honorary Doctoral Degree from Seoul National University.

During the oath taking ceremony on 16th December 2006 he addressed the General Assembly by saying "I will seek to set the highest ethical standard. The good name of the United Nations is one of its most valuable assets - but also one of its most vulnerable.

The Charter calls on staff to uphold the highest levels of efficiency, competence and integrity, and I will seek to ensure to build a solid reputation for living up to that standard."

His priorities during his tenure include Disarmament, combating financial crisis and poverty, global health, peace and security, equality for women, responsibility to protect and UN reform and accountability.

Ban's work ethic is well documented. His schedule is reportedly broken into five-hour blocks; Ban claims to sleep for only five hours a night and never to have been late for work. During the nearly three years he was foreign minister for South Korea, the only vacation he took was for his daughter's wedding.

Mr. Ban speaks English, French, German, Japanese along with his native language Korean. Ban Ki-moon met Yoo Soon-taek in 1962 when they were both high school students.

Ban was 18 years old, and Yoo Soon-taek was his secondary school's student council president. Ban Ki-moon married Yoo Soon-taek in 1971. They have three adult children: two daughters and a son.

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Tags: un, secretary general, mr ban

Category: Others  - ( Others Archive)

Date Added: 05 March '10

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