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Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations
Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations
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Former UN Secretary General to address and talk with studentsBan Ki-moon at the TUM Speakers Series

Ban Ki-moon, who served as the Secretary General of the United Nations from 2007 until 2016, will take the stage at the TUM Speakers Series on February 14. He will talk with students about "Global Solutions for Global Challenges – The Need to Defend Multilateralism in 2020". Tickets will be allocated by lottery. The event will be streamed live online.

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.

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Commitment to women's rights

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.

Questions from the audience

At the TUM Speakers Series, Ban Ki-moon will give a talk before taking questions from the Speakers Series team and the audience. The TUM Speakers Series has been organized by students for students for the past 20 years. Recent guests have included Bill Gates, Tony Blair and Eric Schmidt.


Date and time:

TUM Speakers Series with Ban Ki-moon:
"Global Solutions for Global Challenges – The Need to Defend Multilateralism in 2020"

The talk is a side-event of the Munich Security Conference.

Friday February 14, 2020, 6:30 pm

Registration for the ticket draw will be open until February 9.

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