Ban Ki-moon, The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on January 1, 2007 and was re-elected by the General Assembly in 2011 to a second five-year term ending on December 31, 2016.
Throughout his tenure, Mr. Ban sought to be a bridge builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to make the organization itself more transparent and effective. He successfully pressed for action to combat climate change, an effort that culminated in the adoption and rapid entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement. He worked closely with Member States to shape the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to establish UN Women, thereby advancing the Organization’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Mr. Ban also undertook major efforts to strengthen UN peace operations, protect human rights, improve humanitarian response, prevent violent extremism, and revitalize disarmament agenda.
At the time of his appointment, Mr. Ban was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. His 37 years with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C, and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning, and Director-General for American Affairs. Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations. Other assignments included service as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, and as Chef de Cabinet during the Republic of Korea’s 2001-2002 Presidency of the UN General Assembly.
Mr. Ban was born in the Republic of Korea on June 13, 1944. He received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970. In 1985, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his wife, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, have one son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.
Date: August 28(Mon), 2017
Time: 10:50 ~ 11:30
Venue: Premier Ballroom (2F), Incheon Songdo ConvensiA
* The schedule is subject to change.