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International Youth Day observed on August 12

International Youth Day observed on August 12

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) --In 1999, the U.N. General Assembly designated August 12 as International Youth Day. The theme for 2014 is "Youth and Mental Health."
JC Finley
Conflicting numbers make it difficult to keep death toll in Gaza

Conflicting numbers make it difficult to keep death toll in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 6 (UPI) --Palestinians, the United Nations, and the Israelis are producing different numbers for the deaths of Palestinian civilians, making it difficult to keep track.
Aileen Graef
Ban Ki-moon: Attack near U.N. school in Gaza a 'criminal act'

Ban Ki-moon: Attack near U.N. school in Gaza a 'criminal act'

GAZA, Aug. 3 (UPI) --U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says U.N. shelters must be protected, calls for investigation into attack near school.
Danielle Haynes
U.N. urges Hamas and Israel to resume fractured cease-fire agreement

U.N. urges Hamas and Israel to resume fractured cease-fire agreement

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) --U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Hamas and Israel to resume the 72-hour cease-fire that was broken hours after it was implemented early Friday.
JC Finley
Israeli ambassador to the U.S. defends shelling of Gaza

Israeli ambassador to the U.S. defends shelling of Gaza

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) --Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer defended his country against accusations that it has engaged in "unjustifiable" attacks against Gaza.
Aileen Graef
Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire

GAZA, July 31 (UPI) --Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire set to begin Friday morning.
Danielle Haynes
IDF: We do not target U.N. facilities

IDF: We do not target U.N. facilities

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 31 (UPI) --A spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in an interview Tuesday that Israel has never targeted a U.N. facility.
Aileen Graef
Ban Ki-moon: 'Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children'

Ban Ki-moon: 'Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children'

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, July 30 (UPI) --U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denounced the Israeli bombing of a second U.N. school in Gaza Wednesday, saying there is "nothing more shameful."
Aileen Graef
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons observed July 30

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons observed July 30

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) --July 30 has been designated by the U.N. as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to "raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking..."
JC Finley
U.N. secretary-general calls on Hamas and Israel to address 'root cause' of conflict

U.N. secretary-general calls on Hamas and Israel to address 'root cause' of conflict

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) --The U.N. secretary-general, back from Mideast peace negotiations, called "for an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" between Israel and Hamas.
JC Finley
U.N. Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional' Mideast cease-fire

U.N. Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional' Mideast cease-fire

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) --The U.N. Security Council issued a statement early Monday calling for an "immediate and unconditional" humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
JC Finley
Cease-fire extension not happening, says Hamas

Cease-fire extension not happening, says Hamas

JERUSALEM, July 26 (UPI) --Israel agrees to four-hour extension of 12-hour cease-fire, but Hamas fires rockets.
Danielle Haynes
Libya's defense ministry urges end to 'senseless fighting' in Tripoli and Benghazi

Libya's defense ministry urges end to 'senseless fighting' in Tripoli and Benghazi

TRIPOLI, Libya, July 25 (UPI) --Libya's Ministry of Defense issued a plea Friday urging all parties in Benghazi and Tripoli to put an end to the "senseless fighting."
JC Finley
Israeli cabinet rejects Kerry's cease-fire plan

Israeli cabinet rejects Kerry's cease-fire plan

JERUSALEM, July 25 (UPI) --The Israeli cabinet Friday rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace plan in Gaza that called for a one-week humanitarian cease-fire.
Ed Adamczyk
U.N.: Israeli actions in Gaza may be war crimes

U.N.: Israeli actions in Gaza may be war crimes

UNITED NATIONS, July 23 (UPI) --Israel's military actions in Gaza could amount to war crimes, Navi Pillay, the United Nations' top human rights official, told the Human Rights Council.
Ed Adamczyk
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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)
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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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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ban Ki."
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