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Ban Ki-moon Fast Facts

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers opening remarks at the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 28, 2015, in New York City.

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Personal
Birth date:
June 13,1944
Birth place: Chunchongbuk-do Umsong, Republic of Korea
Birth name: Ban Ki-moon
    Parents: Names unknown to Fast Facts researchers.
    Marriage: Yoo Soon-taek (1971-present)
    Children: Hyun-hee (1976) daughter, Woo-hyun (1974) son and Seon-yong (1972) daughter
    Education: Seoul National University, B.A., 1970; Harvard University, M.A., 1985
    Other Facts
    Name is pronounced Bahn Gi-moon, with the K uttered as a hard "g". As with many East Asian countries, the first name is actually the last name. Therefore, he is referred to as Mr. Ban.
    As a teen, he won a Red Cross-sponsored trip to the United States. He met President John F. Kennedy, and decided then that he wanted to become a diplomat.
    Timeline:
    1970
    - Passes the South Korean Foreign Service exam.
    1972-1974 - Vice-consul, South Korean Consulate General in India
    1974-1978 - Second Secretary, South Korean Embassy in India.
    1978-1980 - Secretary, South Korean Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations.
    1987-1990 - Consul General, South Korean Embassy to the US in Washington, D.C.
    1992-1995 - Minister, South Korean Embassy to the US.
    1996 - National Security Adviser to South Korean President Kim Young-sam.
    1998-2000 - South Korean Ambassador to Austria.
    1999 - Chairman of the preparatory commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.
    2001-2002 - Chef de Cabinet during the South Korean presidency of the UN General Assembly.
    2003 - Foreign Policy Adviser to the South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.
    January 2004 - Appointed South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
    February 14, 2006 - Officially declares his candidacy for secretary-general.
    October 9, 2006 - Formally nominated by the United Nations Security Council to be the next secretary-general, replacing Kofi Annan.
    October 13, 2006 - Appointed by the UN General Assembly.
    January 1, 2007 - Ban takes office as the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations.
    March 22, 2007 - Makes an unannounced visit to Baghdad, Iraq to meet with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. During a live news conference with al-Maliki in Baghdad's Green Zone, a rocket hits just outside the room, and Ban is visibly startled though unhurt.
    January 20, 2009 - Tours the burned out ruins of the UN compound in Gaza City which was destroyed by an Israeli bomb.
    June 7, 2011 - President Barack Obama endorses Ban's run for re-election as secretary-general.
    June 21, 2011 - Ban is appointed to a second term as UN secretary-general, by acclamation.
    December 9, 2011 - Ban pays an unannounced visit to Mogadishu, Somalia, the first time a UN chief has visited Somalia in nearly 20 years.
    April 30, 2012 - Addresses Myanmar's Parliament, becoming the first foreigner to do so since military rule began in 1962.
    August 29-31, 2012 - Visits Tehran, Iran, for the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement.
    January 2014 - Invites Iran to attend the Geneva Conference on Syria. The Syrian opposition threatens not to attend the meeting if Iran takes part. The Iranian invitation is withdrawn.
    March 2014 - Meets with members of political parties in Kiev, Ukraine.
    December 12, 2015 - 195 representatives at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) pledge to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. Ban, who has made climate change one of his priorities, applauds the "Paris Agreement" and says "the work starts tomorrow."