| ||Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His career encompasses many years of service both in government and on the global stage, including as his country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; postings in New Delhi, Vienna and Washington D.C.; and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including foreign policy, national security and policy planning.
| ||Mr. Ban's ties with the United Nations date back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations division. In 2001-2002, he was Chef-de-Cabinet during the Republic of Korea's Presidency of the General Assembly. In 1999, he served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.
| ||Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.|