United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a speech about how the U.N. can create opportunities from transitions in world affairs Thursday, Jan. 17, at Stanford University, a research center spokeswoman said.
Ki-moon, born in Korea during World War II, is scheduled to give his speech at 4:30 p.m. at the Dinkelspiel Auditorium on the Stanford campus, said Sarah Lin Bhatia, spokeswoman for the university's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.
The secretary-general's speech is to focus on "the U.N.'s role in creating opportunities out of challenges posed by today's rapidly transitioning world," according to Bhatia. Tickets for the public event are sold out, but the secretary's speech may be viewed via live video stream online at the Shorenstein center's website at aparc.Stanford.edu/events/un, Bhatia said.
Ki-moon, 68, became secretary-general for the U.N. in January 2007, was reelected to a second term by the body's General Assembly in June 2011 and will remain in office through December 2016, Bhatia said. He worked in South Korea's foreign ministry for 37 years, serving as a foreign affairs minister, foreign policy adviser and chief national security adviser to the president, Bhatia said.
While in office at the New York-based U.N., Ki-moon has supported disarmament and arms control, women's rights, sustainable development, greater efficiency and transparency in the U.N.'s operations and various countries in crisis with financial-aid packages, Bhatia said. Ki-moon's visit to the Bay Area is co-sponsored by the Shorenstein center and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, Bhatia said.