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Ban Ki-moon: biography
Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, who for more than 40 years working in the diplomatic field, where he won a reputation as «masters of compromise». His political «trick» is the ability to reach important agreements at the backstage space without unnecessary public gestures that made him a professional in the eyes of international companies. To a greater extent policies and activities of the UN Secretary General aimed at solving the problems of global warming and the maintenance of peace on the planet, what ban Ki-moon has managed to achieve considerable success.
Born ban Ki-moon on 13 June 1944 in the South Korean town of Chungju in the period of the end of Japanese rule in the future the Republic of Korea. His parents were poor people, father was in small family business and his mother taught music at a local theater Studio. Future UN Secretary General was the fourth child in the family, but that did not stop parents to give him a good education.
The decision to become a diplomat, ban Ki-moon adopted at the age of 18 after meeting with the reigning U.S. President John F. Kennedy in the framework of the project of the red cross. Communication with the American leader has excited the young man’s interest in politics and international relations, so he decided to become a diplomat.
In 1970, the future UN Secretary-General arrived in Seoul national University at the faculty of international relations. Bachelor’s degree, he managed to get into Harvard, where ban Ki-moon at the highest level expressed his desire of being thorough make use of diplomatic direction. Teachers noted it is a rare combination of humility, clarity of analysis and perseverance, who gave ban Ki-moon «holiday,» in world politics.
Becoming a diplomat with the European education of master of public administration managed to obtain a position in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, where he traveled to high positions in the UN. He first worked as a Secretary to the South Korean representative to the United Nations in new York, and later headed the United Nations division in the Central office of Seoul.
Since 1996, future UN Secretary-General adviser to the President on national security, and in 1999 became the organizer of the Committee for the signing of the Treaty on the comprehensive prohibition of nuclear tests around the world. In 2000, ban Ki-moon received the appointment of Deputy Minister for policy planning, United Nations, at the same time what led the office of the President of the General Assembly.
At this position to a number of achievements of the future Secretary General of the UN considers its active participation in the operational adoption of a UN resolution concerning the terrorist attacks in USA in September 2011. Then he made a number of important initiatives that significantly strengthened the functioning of the GA and have earned the reputation of diplomatic professional.
In 2004, ban Ki-moon began to rapidly move up the career ladder at home and «flew» to the Minister of foreign Affairs and foreign trade of the Republic of Korea. In this position, he was seriously engaged in the question of relations with Pyongyang, following the idea of peaceful friendship in the framework of the signed in 1992 the Agreement on the proclamation of the Korean Peninsula a nuclear-free zone.
In October 2006, ban Ki-moon during a «heated» debate was elected as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. However such a career diplomat success was marred by the fact that the organization at the time, «immersed» in a web of corruption scandals among its members. But he coped with all the obstacles and was able to regain the trust of the world to the UN, the annual budget which amounted to $ 5 billion. In June 2011, ban Ki-moon was re-elected for a second term and continued to lead the UN until December 21, 2016.
Personal life Ki-moon, no less interested in his political career. He married the only marriage to the aristocrat Yu (Pak) soon-Taek who was younger than his 27 years. In the family of UN Secretary-General brought up three children – two daughters and a son.
In addition to the official marriage according to the Eastern laws of every self-respecting man should have a mistress, which increases its credibility in the eyes of relatives and colleagues. It is known that ban Ki-moon even succeeded in this matter – he has not only Korean, but European mistress.
In his spare time from the UN diplomat enjoys martial arts, collecting old books with the poems of the last Imperial period, the unified Korea.
In the family and the home to the kind of moderate politician is sufficiently stringent. He is very demanding of others, to whom often shows his temper. Ban Ki-moon considered a tyrant and a dictator in the family, but sociable professional in politics, as his 40-year career he managed to maintain a friendship with all of his political opponents and not to make enemies.»