In his first public speech in the UK as UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon outlined his vision for the UN and where he feels the organization's priorities lie. Mr Ban concentrated on the fight against climate change and the role multilateral bodies such as the UN can play in alleviating the problem. On peace and security he outlined the UN's activity in the Middle East and its role in ongoing disputes in Africa- Chatham House
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His career encompasses many years of service in government and on the global stage, including as the Republic of Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; postings in New Delhi, Vienna, and Washington, DC; and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including foreign policy, national security, and policy planning. His ties with the United Nations date back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations division. In 2001-2002, he was Chef de Cabinet during the Republic of Korea's Presidency of the General Assembly. In 1999, he served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.