Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon became the first Secretary-General from East Asia on 1 January 2007, at a daunting time for international affairs. Ban Ki-moon desired to inject new momentum into the search for peace and stability in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, and to address the challenges posed by Darfur and Somalia, and the status of Kosovo. As a “middle of the road” man, as taught by Confucius, Ban Ki-moon tried to maintain harmonious relations in dealing with international affairs. His leadership style and results received criticism, but the Secretary-General was vindicated by the public support and acclamations by UN Member States for preserving the integrity of his office.
Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary-General United Nations Diplomacy Multilateralism International relations
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