Former UN Secretary General to address and talk with students
Ban Ki-moon at the TUM Speakers Series
Ban Ki-Moon (75) once said that it was his childhood experiences during the Korean War and the subsequent help from the United Nations in rebuilding the country that motivated him to enter politics. The South Korean politician spent almost 40 years in the foreign ministry of his country and served as foreign minister from 2004 onward.
In 2007 Ban Ki-moon was elected the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations. He was leading in bringing about agreement in the United Nations on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. A year later he was an important driving force behind the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement.
An important priority of his work was the fight to safeguard women against violence and promote women's rights. To pursue those objectives, Ban successfully pressed the UN to create the organization UN Women. Other achievements included aid packages for developing countries, the investigation of human rights violations in several countries and initiatives for disarmament and nuclear safety and security. He also introduced measures to make the UN organization more efficient and transparent.
After his second term of office, together with the former Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer, he founded the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens, whose mission is to promote peace, the empowerment of women and youth, and education.
Ban studied international relations at Seoul National University and public administration at Harvard University.