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(born 13 June 1944) is the eighth and current Secretary-General of the
, after succeeding
in 2007. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and in the United Nations. He entered
the year he graduated from university, accepting his first post in
New Delhi, India
. In the foreign ministry, he established a reputation for modesty and competence.
Ban was the
the Republic of Korea
from January 2004 to November 2006. In February of 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. Ban was initially considered a long shot for the office. As foreign minister of Korea, however, he was able to travel to all the countries on the
United Nations Security Council
, a maneuver that turned him into the campaign's front runner.
On October 13, 2006, he was elected to be the eighth Secretary-General by the
United Nations General Assembly
. On January 1, 2007, he succeeded
. Ban struggled in his first month to adjust to the culture of the United Nations, but quickly found his bearings and passed several major reforms on peacekeeping and UN employment practices. Diplomatically, Ban has taken particularly strong views on
, pressing the issue repeatedly with U.S. President
George W. Bush
, and on the
, where he helped persuade Sudanese president
to allow peacekeeping troops to enter
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