Ban Ki-moon

South Jorean politicians Current Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

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.
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13 June 1944


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Ex-UN secretary general's nephew pleads guilty in bribe case
Fox News - about 2 months
A nephew of former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in a bribery case over the sale of a building in Vietnam.
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Ex-U.N. chief Ban expects safe Pyeongchang 2018 despite nuclear tension - 5 months
(Reuters) - Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is confident that next year's Winter Olympics in his native South Korea will be safe and successful, despite tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
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New York designer pleads guilty in scam tied to ex-U.N. chief's relatives
Yahoo News - 8 months
A New York fashion designer who has called himself the "curator of cool" pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges stemming from a bribery case that involves a brother and nephew of former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Self-described arts and fashion consultant and blogger Malcolm Harris, 53, entered his plea to money laundering and wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos in federal court in Manhattan, U.S. prosecutors said. Also charged were Ban Ki-moon's brother Ban Ki-sang, who was an executive at South Korean construction firm Keangnam Enterprises Ltd, and Ban Ki-sang's son Joo Hyun "Dennis" Bahn, a real estate broker.
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'Shocked' South Korea leader Moon orders probe into US THAAD additions - Reuters
Google News - 9 months
Reuters 'Shocked' South Korea leader Moon orders probe into US THAAD additions Reuters FILE PHOTO: A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile ... Discredited Ban Ki-moon Brags He'll Advise Moon Jae-in, Of OCHA Leak & Kyung-wha KangInner City Press South Korean President Moon Jae-In Orders Probe Into Undisclosed US Missile LaunchersNDTV S. Korea Leader: I Wasn't Told of New US Missile LaunchersNewser Anadolu Agency -NH1 News -Bloomberg -The Korea Herald all 145 news articles »
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South Korea's New President Will Face Challenges From All Directions
Huffington Post - 10 months
Eunjung Lim, Johns Hopkins University On May 9, South Koreans will vote for their next president. Whoever wins the election will have to face serious domestic and international challenges. It’s been almost six months since a political scandal engulfed then-president Park Geun-hye and three months since the Constitutional Court made the decision to impeach her. Because Park was not able to complete her term, which was supposed to end in February 2018, this election has had a hasty campaign and transition schedule. The new president’s tenure will start immediately from May 10. Domestic factors The country’s conservatives have become fragmented because of Park Geun-hye’s impeachment and loss of the ruling party’s political legitimacy. This is a new feature in the country’s 30-year-old democracy. Traditionally, conservative candidates have been able to garner more than 45% of votes. Other than the ten years from 1998 to 2007 when the progressive Kim Dae-ju...
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Pan, Moon of Saturn, Looks Like a Cosmic Ravioli (or Maybe a Walnut)
NYTimes - 12 months
In photographs by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, the closest images ever taken, the tiny, wrinkly moon has a deep ridge that could be a couple of miles high.
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The Earth Is Not Flat, Mr. Trump
Huffington Post - 12 months
The question is not whether climate change exists but what to do about it. It is difficult to find a respected scientist in the United States or around the world who disputes man-made contributions to climate change, certainly not the thousands of scientists first organized by the United Nations in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Yet, the new administration is fueled by “alternative facts” from the anti-science earth-is-flat crowd. President Donald Trump has called it a hoax. And the Republican Party platform in 2016 said climate change was invented by “environmental extremists” in the Democratic Party working to “sustain the illusion of an environmental crisis.” That platform reverses the GOP’s 2008 position when it recognized that human activity had increased carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, including chlorofluorocarbons. More alarming is that funds to research climate change may be cut, prompting universities and scientists to store inform...
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Rihanna Is Harvard's Humanitarian Of The Year
Huffington Post - 12 months
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Michael Flynn’s Sacking Alters The Course Of Trump’s NATO Policy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Trump administration seems to be reassuring European countries that a more rational attitude by the U.S. toward NATO is on the horizon after Trump himself described the trans-Atlantic alliance as obsolete. Europeans are also reassured by developments that have shone a more scrutinizing and politically realistic light on US-Russian relations. The two issues are linked because weakening the American weight and undermining the White House’s faith in NATO serves as one of the most important priorities for the Kremlin. The European powers were thus justifiably worried by the news of an anticipated intimate relationship between Trump and Putin, which would bypass the shared interests of the Western allies on both sides of the Atlantic, and challenge the foundations of the alliance that can otherwise stand up to a more assertive Russia, as it had done the Soviet Union before it. This reassurance occurred after the sacking of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who concealed ...
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Ban Ki-moon Drops Out of South Korean Presidential Race
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
The decision by former the U.N. secretary-general paves the way for rival Moon Jae-in, a candidate who has called for closer ties with North Korea, the renegotiation of a U.S.-backed missile defense system and a tougher line on conglomerates.
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Ban Ki-moon Says He Won’t Run for President of South Korea
NYTimes - about 1 year
The former U.N. chief’s surprise announcement deprived conservatives of their likeliest candidate to succeed the sidelined president, Park Geun-hye.
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Trump's 'Gag Rule' Contradicts UN Policy Helping Women In Distress
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Just days after a global outpouring of support for a movement demanding protection for the rights of women and other advances promoted by civil society, Donald Trump has fully turned back the clock. On Jan. 23, with a stroke of his presidential pen, he banned all official American aid to any global organization that provides abortions or even information about the procedure. This move might satisfy the Republican right and religious opponents of abortion in the Roman Catholic hierarchy as well as some evangelical Protestant churches. But worldwide, it amounts to an attack on the health and rights of millions of women in the poorest nations, conflict zones, refugee camps and ad hoc settlements thrown together after catastrophic natural disasters, where rape and other abuse -- usually perpetrated by men -- become daily experiences on a large scale. Moreover, the US policy, dating back to 1984 and enforced by only Republican presidents since then, undermines a decision by the former...
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Letter to Ban Ki-Moon from the midst of the gathering darkness
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I know that many have approached you about the possibility of your serving as president of Korea after the anticipated impeachment of President Park. You have a unique set of skills and a broad range of friends in the international community that would serve you well. Today, you are surrounded by people asking for your help in this moment of tremendous uncertainty in Korea. But I hope that you have a moment to step back from the crowd and contemplate your role in history now that you have become such a critical figure. There are several people out there who are entirely capable of serving as the president of the Republic of Korea. But there is an even more critical job, and you are the only one who is qualified to play that role as the former Secretary General of the United Nations. Last week Donald Trump was sworn in as the president of the United States, someone who has openly opposed a commitment to universal standards on human rights and who has taken as a central adviser Joh...
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Skepticism and Support in South Korea as Ban Ki-moon Weighs Presidential Bid
NYTimes - about 1 year
After a 10-year run as the secretary general of the United Nations, Mr. Ban returned home to residents imploring him to run and critics who say he couldn’t restore trust in government.
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  • 2016
    Age 71
    He is the leading potential candidate for the South Korean president in 2017, leading most of major polls in Korea as of September 2016.
    On 30 August 2016, he was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Letters by National University of Singapore for his lifetime of service to humanity.
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    In preparation for the summit, Ban released a report on 9 February 2016 titled ‘One Humanity, Shared Responsibility’ in which he laid out an “Agenda for Humanity” based on consultations with more than 23,000 people in 153 countries.
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    On June 26, 2016, during a speech in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Ban said Russia "has a critical role to play" in addressing global issues "from ending the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, to safeguarding human rights and controlling the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."
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    Ban has criticized Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, saying: "Grave violations against children increased dramatically as a result of the escalating conflict". In June 2016, Ban Ki-moon removed a Saudi-led coalition from a list of children's rights violators.
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    Much press coverage of Ban has been critical, with The Economist, in May 2016, calling him "plodding, protocol-conscious and loth to stand up to the big powers" and "the dullest—and among the worst" secretary-generals.
    On 26 January 2016, Ban made a statement in relation to the attacks by Palestinians against Israelis.
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  • 2013
    Age 68
    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 67
    On 30 August 2012 Ban criticized the Iranian leadership due to their statements regarding Israel's destruction and denying the Holocaust.
    Throughout 2012, Ban expressed his concern about the continuing Israeli–Palestinian conflict, in particular the condition of the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons and the movement restrictions imposed on Gaza Strip residents.
    The aftermath of the Libyan Civil War and other events of the Arab Spring continued to commanded Ban's attention with the start of his second term. He focused in 2012 on what he termed "intolerance" in the Arab world.
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    Ban appointed Swedish diplomat Jan Eliasson as his new Deputy Secretary-General on 2 March 2012.
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    His new five-year term as Secretary-General commenced on 1 January 2012 and will end on 31 December 2016.
  • 2011
    Age 66
    On 17 June 2011, he received the recommendation of the Security Council by a unanimous vote, and, on 21 June, his nomination was confirmed by a unanimous acclamation vote at the United Nations General Assembly.
    Ban Ki-moon's first mandate as the Secretary-General was set to end on 31 December 2011.
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    On 6 June 2011, Ban Ki-moon formally announced his candidacy for a second consecutive term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
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  • 2010
    Age 65
    Former UN Under Secretary General for Oversight Services Inga-Britt Ahlenius denounced Ban Ki-moon after resigning her post in 2010, calling him reprehensible.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    Although the 2009 Iranian presidential election was widely disputed, Ban Ki-moon sent a traditional congratulation message to the Iranian president upon his inauguration.
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  • 2008
    Age 63
    Ban toured the devastation—especially in the hard-hit Irrawaddy Delta—23 May 2008 and 24 May 2008.
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    The conference was initiated after Ban had met with Than Shwe, the leading figure of Myanmar's government 23 May 2008.
    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.
  • 2007
    Age 62
    Ban took the first foreign trip of his term to attend the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in January 2007 as part of an effort to reach out to the Group of 77.
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    On Thursday, 22 March 2007, while Ban was taking part in the first stop of a tour of the Middle East, a mortar attack hit just from where the Secretary-General was standing, interrupting a press conference in Baghdad's Green Zone, and visibly shaking Ban and others. No one was hurt in the incident. The United Nations had already limited its role in Iraq after its Baghdad headquarters was bombed in August 2003, killing 22 people.
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    On 1 March 2007 in a speech before the UN General Assembly, Ban emphasized his concerns about global warming.
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    On 19 July 2007, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian wrote to request admission into the UN by the name Taiwan.
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    Ban's proposal to split the peacekeeping operation into one group handling operations and another handling arms was finally adopted in mid-March 2007.
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    On the broader issue, he told a Washington, D.C. audience on 16 January 2007 that he recognized and encouraged the "growing trend in international society, international law and domestic policies and practices to phase out eventually the death penalty".
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    At his first encounter with the press as Secretary-General on 2 January 2007, he refused to condemn the death penalty imposed on Saddam Hussein by the Iraqi High Tribunal, remarking, "The issue of capital punishment is for each and every member State to decide".
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    On 23 January 2007 Ban took office as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 61
    On 13 October 2006, he was elected to be the eighth Secretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly.
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    In an interview on 17 September 2006 he stated: "As front-runner, I know that I can become a target of this very scrutinizing process", and that he was "a man of integrity".
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    In February 2006, Ban declared his candidacy to replace Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General at the end of 2006, becoming the first South Korean to run for the office.
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    In February 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General.
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  • 2005
    Age 60
    In September 2005, as foreign minister, he played a leading role in the diplomatic efforts to adopt the Joint Statement on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue at the Fourth Round of the Six-party talks held in Beijing.
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  • 2004
    Age 59
    At the beginning of his term, Ban was faced with two major crises: in June 2004 Kim Sun-il, a South Korean working as an Arabic translator, was kidnapped and killed in Iraq by Islamic extremists; and in December 2004 dozens of Koreans died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
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    In 2004, Ban replaced Yoon Young-kwan as foreign minister of South Korea under president Roh Moo-hyun.
  • 2003
    Age 58
    In 2003, incoming president Roh Moo-hyun selected Ban as one of his foreign policy advisors.
  • 2001
    Age 56
    Ban was unemployed for the only time in his career and was expecting to receive an assignment to work in a remote and unimportant embassy. In 2001, during the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, South Korea held the rotating presidency, and to Ban's surprise, he was selected to be the chief of staff to general assembly president Han Seung-soo.
    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.
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  • 1998
    Age 53
    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).
  • 1995
    Age 50
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 48
    From 1993 to 1994 Ban was Korea's deputy ambassador to the United States.
  • 1992
    Age 47
    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.
  • 1990
    Age 45
    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.
  • 1980
    Age 35
    In 1980 Ban became director of the United Nations' International Organizations and Treaties Bureau, headquartered in Seoul.
  • 1979
    Age 34
    After Park Chung-hee's 1979 assassination, Ban assumed the post of Director of the United Nations Division.
  • 1974
    Age 29
    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).
  • 1971
    Age 26
    Ban Ki-moon married Yoo Soon-taek in 1971.
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  • 1970
    Age 25
    After graduating from university, Ban received the top score on Korea's foreign service exam. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 1970 and worked his way up the career ladder during the years of the Yusin Constitution.
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    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 17
    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.
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  • 1949
    Age 4
    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.
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  • 1944
    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.
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