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Putin visits China to attend Asian summit

Putin visits China to attend Asian summit

SHANGHAI , May 20 (UPI) --Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Shanghai Tuesday for talks with Chinese leaders and a summit meeting of Asian countries.
Ed Adamczyk
U.N.'s Arab League envoy Brahimi resigns

U.N.'s Arab League envoy Brahimi resigns

UNITED NATIONS, May 13 (UPI) --Lakhdar Brahimi, United Nations-League of Arab States' special envoy, has resigned, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday.
Ed Adamczyk
Norwegian major general first female tapped to lead U.N. peacekeeping force

Norwegian major general first female tapped to lead U.N. peacekeeping force

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) --The United Nations has appointed Norwegian Major General Kristin Lund as its first female peacekeeping force commander.
JC Finley
Pope Francis calls for 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

Pope Francis calls for 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

VATICAN CITY, May 9 (UPI) --In a speech to the United Nations on Friday, Pope Francis called for countries to redistribute wealth to the poor and end the "economy of exclusion."
Aileen Graef
U.N. chief urges bold leadership on climate change

U.N. chief urges bold leadership on climate change

ABU DHABI , United Arab Emirates, May 5 (UPI) -- Speaking at a climate change conference United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for political arguments to change the attitudes of governments.
Ed Adamczyk
U.N. deputy head to travel to Moscow, Kiev for meetings on Ukraine crisis

U.N. deputy head to travel to Moscow, Kiev for meetings on Ukraine crisis

KIEV, Ukraine, May 5 (UPI) -- Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's deputy will travel to Ukraine for a two-day visit later in the week.
JC Finley
UN: Syria 'casts a shadow' over Victims of Chemical Warfare Remembrance Day

UN: Syria 'casts a shadow' over Victims of Chemical Warfare Remembrance Day

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- The United Nations established April 29 as the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare in 2005.
JC Finley
Election centers targeted in Iraq as police and military cast votes in first parliamentary election since U.S. forces withdrew

Election centers targeted in Iraq as police and military cast votes in first parliamentary election since U.S. forces withdrew

BAGHDAD, April 29 (UPI) -- Election centers were targeted Monday as Iraqi military and police cast their votes in the first parliamentary elections since U.S. forces withdrew in 2011.
JC Finley
World Malaria Day observed April 25

World Malaria Day observed April 25

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 25 (UPI) -- WHO observes April 25 as World Malaria Day to raise awareness about the disease and promote investment in funding prevention and control initiatives.
JC Finley
UN secretary-general observes Earth Day by promoting climate treaty initiative

UN secretary-general observes Earth Day by promoting climate treaty initiative

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized Earth Day on Tuesday by promoting a Climate Summit scheduled for September 23 at UN headquarters in New York.
JC Finley
UN secretary-general: Attack on UN Mission in South Sudan 'constitutes a war crime'

UN secretary-general: Attack on UN Mission in South Sudan 'constitutes a war crime'

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the deadly attack on a UN compound in South Sudan on Thursday and called it "a serious escalation."
JC Finley
Palestinian protesters and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

Palestinian protesters and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM, April 17 (UPI) -- A riot broke out in Jerusalem on Wednesday -- the middle of Passover -- as Palestinians clashed with Israeli police near a revered holy site.
JC Finley
Nigerian military announces rescue of abducted Nigerian school girls

Nigerian military announces rescue of abducted Nigerian school girls

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 16 (UPI) -- The Nigerian military announced Wednesday that 121 Nigerian girls abducted from their school in northeastern Nigeria earlier in the week "have been freed."
JC Finley
U.N., U.S. applaud Guinea-Bissau on presidential and parliamentary elections

U.N., U.S. applaud Guinea-Bissau on presidential and parliamentary elections

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- The UN and the U.S. congratulated Guinea-Bissau on its timely and orderly presidential and parliamentary elections.
JC Finley
Vacuuming carbon from the atmosphere may be most realistic solution to climate change

Vacuuming carbon from the atmosphere may be most realistic solution to climate change

BERLIN, April 14 (UPI) -- UN says the world's nations must find a way to reduce carbon emissions by 40 to 70 percent by 2050 in order to prevent the worst of global warming.
Brooks Hays
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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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