|Ban Ki-moon (credit)|
As readers well know from our many prior posts about him, Ban become the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2007, and in 2011 he was unanimously elected to a 2d term. His previous positions included Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Republic of Korea, the country where he was born in 1944. He earned his bachelor's degree from Seoul National University and a master's at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Among his initiatives as Secretary-General has been, as stated on his official website, "Empowering Women." Inter alia, he pushed for establishment of UN Women, an agency about which we've posted frequently. Today's post below – reprinting, by permission of his staff, the full speech that he gave earlier this week at a conference in Seoul – Secretary-General Ban describes UN Women and other efforts on behalf of women throughout the world.
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