Ban Ki-moon

South Jorean Politicians Current Secretary-general of the United Nations
Born Jun 13, 1944

Ban Ki-moon is the eighth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations, after succeeding Kofi Annan in 2007. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. He entered diplomatic service the year he graduated from university, accepting his first post in Calcutta, India. In the foreign ministry, he established a reputation for modesty and competence.… Read More

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1944 Birth Ban was born on 13 June 1944 in the small farming village of Haengchi, Wonnam Township (-myeon), in Eumseong County, North Chungcheong Province in Korea. … Read More
1949 5 Years Old …  The United Nations champions the right to collective bargaining as a basic human right in its own charter, enacted as the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949; Article 1. International human rights organizations are critical of Ban Ki-moon for lacking accountability over negligent actions by the United Nations. Scientists and journalists conclusively proved that UN peacekeepers from Nepal were the source of the 2010–13 Haiti cholera outbreak, which has killed approximately 9,000 people and infected more than 1 in 20 Haitians. … Read More


1962 18 Years Old In secondary school (Chungju High School), Ban became a star student, particularly in his studies of the English language. In 1962, Ban won an essay contest sponsored by the Red Cross and earned a trip to the United States where he lived in San Francisco with a host family for several months. … Read More


1970 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970, and earned a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1985. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old …  Ban Ki-moon married Yoo Soon-taek in 1971. … Read More


1974 30 Years Old In 1974 he received his first posting to the United Nations, as First Secretary of the South Permanent Observer Mission (South Korea became a full UN member-state on 17 September 1991).
1979 35 Years Old After Park Chung-hee's 1979 assassination, Ban assumed the post of Director of the United Nations Division.
1980 36 Years Old In 1980 Ban became director of the United Nations' International Organizations and Treaties Bureau, headquartered in Seoul.


1990 46 Years Old He has been posted twice to the South Korean embassy in Washington, D.C. Between these two assignments he served as Director-General for American Affairs in 1990–92.
1992 48 Years Old In 1992, he became Vice Chairman of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission, following the adoption by South and North Korea of the Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
1993 49 Years Old From 1993 to 1994 Ban was Korea's deputy ambassador to the United States.


1995 51 Years Old He was promoted to the position of Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations in 1995 and then appointed National Security Advisor to the President in 1996. … Read More
1998 54 Years Old Ban was appointed Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia in 1998, and a year later he was also elected as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom).
2001 57 Years Old 1 More Event
During the negotiations, in what Ban considers the biggest blunder of his career, he included in a public letter a positive statement about the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2001, not long after the United States had decided to abandon the treaty. … Read More
2003 59 Years Old In 2003, incoming president Roh Moo-hyun selected Ban as one of his foreign policy advisors.


2004 - 2005 3 More Events
…  In February 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. … Read More
When Ban became Secretary-General, The Economist listed the major challenges facing him in 2007: "rising nuclear demons in Iran and North Korea, a haemorrhaging wound in Darfur, unending violence in the Middle East, looming environmental disaster, escalating international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the spread of HIV/AIDS. … Read More
Ban Ki-moon flew to Myanmar on 25 May 2008 to guide a conference with international agencies aimed at boosting donations for the nation, which was struck by Cyclone Nargis on 2 May 2008.
2009 - 2010 2 More Events
On 6 June 2011, Ban Ki-moon formally announced his candidacy for a second consecutive term as Secretary-General of the United Nations. … Read More
His new five-year term as Secretary-General commenced on 1 January 2012 and will end on 31 December 2016.
2013 69 Years Old On 16 August 2013, Ban Ki-moon admitted that the UN was biased against Israel, stating in a meeting with Israeli students that there was a biased attitude towards the Israeli people and Israeli government at the UN. … Read More
On 26 January 2016, Ban made a statement in relation to the attacks by Palestinians against Israelis. … Read More
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