Views from the Secretary-General’s Office: An oral history of the United Nations
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“The flag of the United Nations is regarded as the beacon of hope for many countries of the world”
Ban Ki-moonwas born on June 13, 1944, in Eumseong, South Korea. He is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. He took office at the beginning of January 2007. Prior to becoming Secretary-General, he held numerous ministerial positions in the government of the Republic of Korea, the last being Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, from January 2004 to November 1, 2006. Throughout his diplomatic career he had the opportunity to work closely with the United Nations and he served as first secretary of the South Korean permanent mission to the UN in New York from 1978 to 1980 and also as director of the United Nations Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s headquarters in Seoul. He was also the chef de cabinet for Han Seung-soo during the Republic of Korea’s presidency of the General Assembly from 2001 to 2002. It was in this latest position that he worked on the adoption...