Ban Ki-Moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Head of the secretariat, he acts as the de-facto spokesperson and leader of the UN. In his 2012 Protection of Civilians report he identified five core challenges for making the world a safer place. These included compliance with International Humanitarian Law, the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and greater humanitarian access. Prior to his appointment Ban spent 37 years in the South Korean foreign ministry. He was inspired to enter public service by his experiences of the Korean War.
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