UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to carry Rio Olympic torch

Ban Ki Moon

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will carry the Olympic torch and take part in the opening of the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Ban previously carried the Olympic torch at the 2012 Games in London, England, and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

The 72-year-old South Korean will also meet athletes, including those with the first Refugee Olympic team.
The 10-member team is made up of refugees from Syria, South Sudan, Congo and Ethiopia, who have fled war and violence in their countries. They will compete in the Summer Games under the Olympic flag.
Ban is also scheduled to meet with Brazil’s acting President Michel Temer on Friday night.

About Ban Ki Moon

Ban Ki-moon (Hangul: 반기문; hanja: 潘基文; born 13 June 1944) is a South Korean statesman and politician who is the eighth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. He entered diplomatic service the year he graduated from university, accepting his first post in New Delhi, India.

Ban was the foreign minister of South Korea from January 2004 to November 2006. In February 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. Ban was initially considered to be a long shot for the office. As foreign minister of South Korea, however, he was able to travel to all the countries on the United Nations Security Council, a maneuver that turned him into the campaign’s front runner.

On 13 October 2006, he was elected to be the eighth Secretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly. On 1 January 2007, he succeeded Kofi Annan. As Secretary-General, he was responsible for several major reforms on peacekeeping and UN employment practices. Diplomatically, Ban has taken particularly strong views on global warming, pressing the issue repeatedly with U.S. President George W. Bush, and on the Darfur conflict, where he helped persuade Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to allow peacekeeping troops to enter Sudan.[

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