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The ICRC and the changing humanitarian landscape

31-12-2012 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 888, by Ban Ki-moon

Perspectives on the ICRC – Opinion notes

Biography

Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. He received his 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. At the time of his election as Secretary-General, Mr Ban was his country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His thirty-seven years of service with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C., and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning, and Director-General of American Affairs. Mr Ban took office on 1 January 2007. He was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly in June 2011 and will continue to serve until December 2016.


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