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TOKYO FORUM 2022 Shaping the Future SPEAKERS BAN Ki-Moon

BAN Ki-Moon

Former Secretary General, The United Nations
He is the chairman of Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future and the Distinguished Chair Professor and Honorary Chairman of the Future Strategy Institute at Seoul National University.
Mr. Ban served two consecutive terms as the Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016).
Throughout his tenure at the UN, Mr. Ban strove to give voice to the world’s poorest and the most vulnerable people, and to make the Organization more effective. He combated climate change culminated in the rapid entry into the landmark Paris Agreement in 2016. Mr. Ban worked closely with member states of the UN to shape the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to establish UN Women, which has been advancing the Organization’s work for gender equality. Mr. Ban also launched major efforts to strengthen UN peace operations.
Mr. Ban served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea.
His 37 years with the Ministry included posting in New Delhi, Washington D.C., and Vienna, and he had responsibilities for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Vice Minister, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Director-General for American Affairs. He has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations by serving as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.
Mr. Ban received a B.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University and a M.A. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.