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Ban Ki-moon

Born: 1944 AD
Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
Nationality: South Korean
Categories: Diplomat

1944 – Born on the 13th of June in Eumseong, Korea.


1970 – Received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Seoul National University.


         – Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked his way up during the years of the Yusin Constitution.


1975 – Ban awarded the Order of Service Merit.


1985 – Earned a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


He worked in the United Nations Division at the foreign ministry’s headquarters.


1986 – Awarded by the Government of the Republic of Korea for his accomplishments as an envoy.


1990-1992 – Posted twice to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Embassy in Washington, D.C. as Director-General for American Affairs.


1991 – Became First Secretary at South Korea’s Permanent Observer Mission to the UN in New York City.


1992 – Served as Vice Chairman of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission.


1995 – Promoted to the position of Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations.


1996 – He was then appointed National Security Advisor to the President.


1999 – Elected as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.


2000 – Ban assumed the office of Vice Minister.


2001-2006 – Served as Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).


         – Received the Grand Decoration of Honor from the Republic of Austria.


         – Worked as Foreign Policy Adviser to the President Noh Moo-hyun.


         – Ban worked as Chef de Cabinet of the President of the General Assembly.


2005 – Ban awarded as James A. Van Fleet Award for his contributions to US-ROK friendship.


2006 – Ban declared his candidacy to replace Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General.


         – Ban Ki-Moon was elected next UN Secretary General in October


2007 – Became the 8th United Nations Secretary-General on 1st January.