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World banks: All financial hands on climate deck

World banks: All financial hands on climate deck

MANILA, Sept. 19 (UPI) --A Friday report released from the Philippines by six leading multinational development banks said a wide range of funding is needed to avert climate change.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to join climate march

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to join climate march

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) --Ban Ki-moon will join more than 100,000 protesters in a march through New York City this weekend in an effort to raise awareness about global warming.
Brooks Hays
Leonardo DiCaprio named Messenger of Peace by the U.N.

Leonardo DiCaprio named Messenger of Peace by the U.N.

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) --Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations, and will speak at the U.N. Climate Summit on September 23.
Annie Martin
Make the green choice, global panel urges

Make the green choice, global panel urges

PARIS, Sept. 16 (UPI) --Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, lead author of a climate report, said Tuesday the notion that a low-carbon agenda is stifling is a "false dilemma."
Daniel J. Graeber
U.N. assumes peacekeeping responsibility in Central African Republic

U.N. assumes peacekeeping responsibility in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Sept. 15 (UPI) --On Sunday, the African Union-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic transferred its peacekeeping duties to the United Nations.
JC Finley
Investment banks commit to climate financing

Investment banks commit to climate financing

MANILA, Sept. 11 (UPI) --The World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and four other international institutions said Thursday they reinforced their commitment to climate financing.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.N. envoy to Syria expected to meet with Bashar al-Assad, push truce between regime and rebels

U.N. envoy to Syria expected to meet with Bashar al-Assad, push truce between regime and rebels

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) --The United Nations' newly appointed envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, arrived in Damascus Tuesday for consultations with Syrian officials.
JC Finley
IRENA: New thinking needed for green momentum

IRENA: New thinking needed for green momentum

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 8 (UPI) --The director of the International Renewable Energy Agency said Monday from Abu Dhabi an outdated energy mentality was hurting the global climate.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.N. envoy seeks climate neutrality

U.N. envoy seeks climate neutrality

LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) --Climate neutrality, a notion where greenhouse gas output is equal to natural sinks, is not "nirvana" but a goal that needs backing, top climate leaders said.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.N.: Leadership lacking in climate debate

U.N.: Leadership lacking in climate debate

APIA, Samoa, Sept. 2 (UPI) --U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said Tuesday from the Pacific island of Samoa there was a general lack of low-carbon leadership.
Daniel J. Graeber
Catholic leaders in Philippines vow to fight Islamic State

Catholic leaders in Philippines vow to fight Islamic State

MANILA, Aug. 28 (UPI) --Filipino Catholic leaders on Thursday have vowed to counter the Islamic State's "defacement of religion."
JC Finley
U.N.: 43 peacekeepers detained by armed group in the Golan Heights

U.N.: 43 peacekeepers detained by armed group in the Golan Heights

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) --The United Nations said Thursday it is attempting to gain the release of 43 U.N. peacekeepers detained by an unidentified armed group in the Golan Heights.
JC Finley
Minister to U.N.: Investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza

Minister to U.N.: Investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 27 (UPI) --Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki sent a letter urging foreign governments to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes during the Gaza conflict.
Gabrielle Levy
World Humanitarian Day: Record number of aid workers killed in 2013

World Humanitarian Day: Record number of aid workers killed in 2013

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) --This year's observance of World Humanitarian Day comes at a time of record high attacks against humanitarian workers, with 155 aid workers killed in 2013.
JC Finley
Pope Francis responds to U.S. airstrikes in Iraq

Pope Francis responds to U.S. airstrikes in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Pope Francis has expressed concern about the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and weighed in Monday on U.S. targeted airstrikes against Islamic State militants.
JC Finley
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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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