Why Obama shouldn't meet Maliki

BRUSSELS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has formally announced plans to visit the United States and meet with U.S. government officials on Thursday.
RYSZARD CZARNECKI, UPI Outside View Commentator
U.N., OIC review collective response to security

U.N., OIC review collective response to security

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Multilateral coordination is needed to address the increase in terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
Ban proposes $5.4 billion U.N. budget for 2014-15

Ban proposes $5.4 billion U.N. budget for 2014-15

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday proposed a $5.4 billion budget for the next biennium.

Security Council notes Organization of Islamic Cooperation assistance

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council recognized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for helping U.N. efforts in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace-building.

U.N. leader calls for increased protection for organization's workers

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for heightened measures to improve the safety and security of U.N. employees and humanitarian workers.
U.N. report shows its staff are targets of violence

U.N. report shows its staff are targets of violence

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Attacks on U.N. personnel across the world are evolving as a "distressing phenomenon" corresponding with new types of warfare, the U.N. chief said Friday.
Sudan, S. Sudan border dispute hinges on AU role

Sudan, S. Sudan border dispute hinges on AU role

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A visit to a disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan may help mend long-standing wounds between both sides, a U.N. envoy said.

Report: Al-Shabaab commander spent time in Britain

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- An al-Shabaab commander targeted in a recent failed U.S. special forces raid in Somalia spent time in Britain, the BBC reported.

French, U.N., government troops on offensive in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The French military said Thursday it was working alongside its U.N. and Malian counterparts to combat a resurgence of militant activity in the country.
Syrian chemical weapons arsenal inoperable

Syrian chemical weapons arsenal inoperable

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A team mandated to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal has visited nearly 80 percent of the sites declared by the government, a mission spokesman said.

S. Sudan, Sudan talks amicable

JUBA, South Sudan, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Leaders from South Sudan and Sudan were able to remove "much suspicion" during bilateral talks in South Sudan's capital, the Sudanese foreign minister said.
Weapons inspectors in Syria have uphill battle

Weapons inspectors in Syria have uphill battle

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- While Syria is cooperating, a team of experts on the ground has an uphill fight to meet a 2014 deadline to eliminate its chemical weapons cache, officials said.

New date for Maldives presidential election set for Nov. 9

MALE, Maldives, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Maldives election commission officials announced they rescheduled the presidential election for Nov. 9 after the last one was halted by police.

Ban asks Maldivians to stay calm in wake of disrupted election

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was frustrated by a disruption in a presidential contest in Maldives and called on all parties to remain calm.

U.N. secretary-general voices concern over Maldives election

MALE, Maldives, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The United Nations urged presidential elections be held soon in Maldives, as the political situation on the Indian Ocean island nation remained unclear Monday.
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Ban Ki
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participates in an international donor conference for Afghanistan in Paris on June 12, 2008. The conference hopes to raise $50 billion to aid in the rebuilding of Afghanistan. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

Harvard University

Ban Ki-moon (Hangul: 반기문; born 13 June 1944) is the current Secretary-General of the United Nations 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 college, 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 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.

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