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Biography

ban_ki-moon_portrait.jpg H.E. Ban Ki Moon Secretary General of the United Nations

BAN KI-MOON Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, brings to his post 37 years of service both in government and on the global stage.

Career highlights At the time of his election as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was his country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His long tenure with the ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C. and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Advisor to the President, Chief National Security Advisor to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Director-General of American Affairs. Throughout this service, his guiding vision was that of a peaceful Korean peninsula, playing an expanding role for peace and prosperity in the region and the wider world.
Mr. Ban has longstanding ties with the United Nations, dating back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry’s United Nations division. That work expanded over the years, with assignments as First Secretary at the ROK’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, Director of the UN Division at the ministry’s headquarters in Seoul, and Ambassador to Vienna, during which time, in 1999, he served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. In 2001-2002, as Chef-de-Cabinet during the ROK’s Presidency of the General Assembly, he facilitated the prompt adoption of the first resolution of the session, condemning the terrorist attacks of 11 September, and undertook a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening the Assembly’s functioning, thereby helping to turn a session that started out in crisis and confusion into one in which a number of important reforms were adopted.

Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations. In 1992, as Special Advisor to the Foreign Minister, he served as Vice Chair of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission following the adoption of the historic Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In September 2005, as Foreign Minister, he played a leading role in bringing about another landmark agreement aimed at promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula with the adoption at the Six Party Talks of the Joint Statement on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.
Education Mr. Ban received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970. In1985, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Prizes and awards Mr. Ban has received numerous national and international prizes, medals and honours. In 1975, 1986 and again in 2006, he was awarded the ROK’s Highest Order of Service Merit for service to his country.
Personal Mr. Ban was born on 13 June 1944. He and his wife, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, whom he met in high school in 1962, have one son and two daughters. In addition to Korean, Mr. Ban speaks English and French.

Public – Official Holidays at the United Nations Headquarter

HOLIDAYS 2016
New Year’s Day
January 1
President’s Day
February 15
Good Friday
March 25
Memorial Day
May 30
Independence Day
July 4
Eid al-Fitr
July 6
Labour Day September 5
Eid al – Adha September 12
Thanksgiving Day November 24
Chritstmas Day December 26

Statements by the President of Afghanistan

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Statement By His Excellency Hamid Karzai
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the High Level Plenary of the UN General Assembly on”Culture of Peace” New York, USA
12 November 2008
Statement By His Excellency Hamid Karzai
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly New York, USA
24 September 2008
Statement by His Excellency Hamid Karzai
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

At the 15th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Colombo, Sri Lanka

02 August 2008
Statement by His Excellency Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

25 September 2007

Statement by His Excellency Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan High Level Meeting On Afghanistan United Nations

23 September 2007

H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai’s Speech during 61st session of General Assembly.
(General Debate)
20 September 2006
H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai’s Speech during 59th session of General Assembly.
(General Debate)
21 September 2004
H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai’s Speech during 58th session of General Assembly.
(General Debate)
23 September 2003
H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai’s Speech during 57th session of General Assembly.
(General Debate)
12 September 2002