U.N. gives mixed report on Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, July 20 (UPI) -- Though Iraq is regaining its strength after the U.S.-led invasion, slow political progress is causing problems for everyday citizens, U.N. officials said.
Praise heaped on Ban for second U.N. term

Praise heaped on Ban for second U.N. term

BRUSSELS, June 22 (UPI) -- The United Nations has played a critical role in world affairs with Ban Ki-moon as its leader, the secretary-general of NATO said Wednesday.
PM to push U.S.-Aussie defense support

PM to push U.S.-Aussie defense support

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and U.S. President Barack Obama had no big news to announce after their meeting in the White House Monday.
ICC to investigate Gadhafi

ICC to investigate Gadhafi

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 2 (UPI) -- An International Criminal Court prosecutor said Wednesday an investigation of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi for possible crimes against humanity is in order.

Ban hails China lifting travel ban for HIV

BEIJING, April 27 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday praised China's decision to lift the country's travel ban for people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Ban troubled by Karzai's rhetoric

Ban troubled by Karzai's rhetoric

VIENNA, April 8 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's provocative comments about the international community won't help build relationships, U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

UN envoy 'very satisfied' with nuke talks

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy to North Korea said Friday he is "very satisfied" with a new session of nuclear talks.

Israel cites more Lebanon rocket fire

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations says the world body should investigate a rise in rocket fire coming across Israel's border from Lebanon.

Ban hears Iraq's concerns on Aug. 19 plot

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon weighed Iraq's request to convene an independent international commission to probe the Aug. 19 bombings in Baghdad.

Ban appoints IDP envoy for Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the current French ambassador to the United Nations as his special envoy to Pakistan.

Ban welcomes U.S. engagement

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed statements by U.S. envoy Susan Rice saying that Washington viewed the international body as "indispensable."
Ban: U.N. works for N. Korea breakthrough

Ban: U.N. works for N. Korea breakthrough

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The United Nations is ready to do whatever is necessary to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.
Ban: Sri Lanka must reach out to Tamils

Ban: Sri Lanka must reach out to Tamils

VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka, May 23 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Sri Lanka must try to heal the wounds of its just-ended civil war by reaching out to minority ethnic Tamils.
Tamil Tigers said cornered in Srl Lanka

Tamil Tigers said cornered in Srl Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 15 (UPI) -- The Tamil Tigers appeared close to final defeat Friday night as the Sri Lankan Army cornered the last militants on a mile-long beach, officials said.

Syria's Assad calls for Gaza aid

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said Friday that action should be taken against Israel because of its actions against the Gaza Strip.
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Ban Ki-Moon

Ban Ki-moon (Hangul: 반기문, Hanja: 潘基文; born 13 June 1944) is the eighth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations, after succeeding Kofi Annan in 2007. Before going on to be 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 New Delhi, India. In the foreign ministry he established a reputation for modesty and competence.

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. Ban was initially considered to be a long shot for the office. As foreign minister of South Korea, however, he was able to travel to all of the countries that were members of the United Nations Security Council, a maneuver that turned him into the front runner.

On 13 October 2006, he was elected to be the eighth Secretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly and officially succeeded Annan on 1 January 2007. Ban has led several major reforms regarding peacekeeping and UN employment practices. Diplomatically, Ban has taken particularly strong views on Darfur, where he helped persuade Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to allow peacekeeping troops to enter Sudan; and on global warming, pressing the issue repeatedly with former U.S. President George W. Bush. Ban has received strong criticism from OIOS, the UN internal audit unit, stating that the secretariat, under Ban's leadership, is "drifting into irrelevance".

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