By creating jobs, by creating work for all these people, this would contribute to revitalize their economyDonors discuss ways to help Haiti rebuild Jan 25, 2010
We're still at the relief phase of the crisis. The needy and vulnerable depend on the delivery of emergency assistance. Therefore the channeling of aid into Myanmar should be as efficient and logistically sound as possibleU.N. opens staging area for cyclone aid May 24, 2008
The international community is now committed and ready to support Afghanistan and we expect that there should be harmonious and full cooperation between the Afghanistan government and the international communityBan troubled by Karzai's rhetoric Apr 08, 2010
I want to register my deep concern -- and immense frustration -- at the unacceptably slow response to this grave humanitarian crisisU.N. leader frustrated with junta May 13, 2008
Unless more aid gets into the country -- very quickly -- we face an outbreak of infectious diseases that could dwarf today's crisisU.N. leader frustrated with junta May 13, 2008
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".