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Ban Ki-moon

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Ban Ki-moon of South Korea served as the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations from 2007 to 2016. Ban spent much of his political career working in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held the post of foreign minister from 2004 to 2006. In 2001, Ban participated in the South Korean delegation to the United Nations and was elected as the secretary-general in 2007. During his tenure as secretary-general, Ban focused on improving global environmental conditions, empowering women, and assisting countries facing crisis or instability. He oversaw the 2010 creation of UN Women, a major new agency coordinating work on gender, and the implementation of organizational changes to improve transparency and efficiency within the UN system. Elected for a second term in 2011, Ban encouraged interfaith dialogue as a means of bridging cultural barriers towards mutual understanding.