I categorically reject -- repeat, categorically -- any suggestion that the United Nations has deliberately under-estimated any figuresU.N. chief expresses concern on Sri Lanka Jun 01, 2009
I stand ready to do whatever we can in the interests of justice, human rights and Sri Lanka's political futureU.N. chief expresses concern on Sri Lanka Jun 01, 2009
We will try to work hard to keep that promise realizedBan: Sri Lanka must reach out to Tamils May 23, 2009
The security situation in UNOMIG's area of responsibility has remained fragile, with a continued threat of incidents, including from mines and improvised explosive devisesU.N. critical for keeping peace in Georgia May 21, 2009
I am confident that President Clinton will bring energy, dynamism and focus to the task of mobilizing international support for Haiti's economic recovery and reconstructionBill Clinton tapped as U.N. envoy to Haiti May 19, 2009
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".