At the keynote luncheon, Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, will introduce UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General will reflect on the state and future of R2P, outlining key priorities for its development over the course of his second term."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His career encompasses many years of service in government and on the global stage, including as the Republic of Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; postings in New Delhi, Vienna, and Washington, DC; and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including foreign policy, national security, and policy planning. His ties with the United Nations date back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations division. In 2001-2002, he was Chef de Cabinet during the Republic of Korea's Presidency of the General Assembly. In 1999, he served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlights the prevention of large-scale violence prior to its incitement as one of his “generational opportunities”. He argues that the key to prevention is to promote equality and other human rights, concluding that “political figures cannot incite mass violence for their own ends where the rights of minorities and the rule of law is respected.”