Ban  Ki-moon
South Korea

Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary General

Date of Birth: 13/06/1944
Place of Birth: Eumseong

When South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon became UN Secretary General in January 2007, he pledged to reform UN management – and to make climate change and Sudan’s Darfur his top priorities. A former Minister of Trade and Foreign Affairs and life-long civil servant, Ban brought with him years of diplomatic experience and a blunt heartiness common among Seoul’s diplomatic corps. His election was cheered by China, which had dealt with Ban often, particularly in the six-party talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament.

In contrast to his predecessors, on his first day in office, Ban offered a disclosure of his assets for public scrutiny. Those who said Ban’s tenure would signify less of a focus on Africa appear to have been mistaken: Ban appointed Tanzania’s ex-Foreign Minister Asha-Rose Migiro as Deputy Secretary General and Africa still consumes more than 60% of the UN Security Council’s time. His first major achievement was winning UNSC backing and Sudan’s consent for a 26,000 UN peacekeeping force in Darfur, which at US$2.5 billion is the UN’s most expensive ever. Doubtless, Ban’s expertise in Asian diplomacy will serve him well on the world stage and in understanding his continent’s fast-developing relations with Africa.

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Kagame mourns – and warns

Echoing his predecessor Kofi Annan's apology of 2004, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said sorry for the departure of the UN troops from Rwanda just when they were most needed, as the genocide was beginning...

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Militant remembrance

Only UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon drew parallels to other conflicts, referring to the need to prevent further atrocities in other countries such as Syria...

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Some partners are more equal than others

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was in Brussels for the High-Level Meeting on CAR on 2 April, which was told that just 20% of the humanitarian aid committed so far had been delivered...

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Tackling the trade in endangered species

Early last year, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the illegal trade in wildlife as a grave menace to peace and security...

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From power struggle to uprising

Fearing the clashes could spread across the country, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a political dialogue on 18 December...

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More boots on the ground

That meeting attracted about 40 African leaders as well as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon...

Ban Ki-moon and the European Union Council President, Herman van Rompuy, were high-profile guests in Paris last week, but neither Britain nor the United States sent high-level officials...

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The fire in Jonathan's backyard

In June, regional leaders meeting in Cameroon agreed a new Code of Conduct on piracy, which was welcomed by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon...

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Security crises threaten economic success

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim have already given their backing to the target of ending all extreme poverty by 2030...

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Row over exiles

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stopped over in Ghana on his way to Ouattara’s inauguration in May to thank President Atta Mills for his encouragement of reconciliation in his troubled neighbouring country...

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Mission impossible

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned the UNSC in June that ‘The Mission’s ability to provide a timely response to protection needs and access vulnerable population centres are hampered by the lack of adequate mobility by air, land and water...

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