H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ban Ki-moon, The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on January 1, 2007 and was re-elected by the General Assembly in 2011 to a second five-year term ending on December 31, 2016.
Throughout his tenure, Mr. Ban sought to be a bridge builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to make the organization itself more transparent and effective. He successfully pressed for action to combat climate change, an effort that culminated in the adoption and rapid entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement. He worked closely with Member States to shape the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to establish UN Women, thereby advancing the Organization’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Mr. Ban also undertook major efforts to strengthen UN peace operations, protect human rights, improve humanitarian response, prevent violent extremism, and revitalize disarmament agenda.
At the time of his appointment, Mr. Ban was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. His 37 years with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C, and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning, and Director-General for American Affairs. Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations. Other assignments included service as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, and as Chef de Cabinet during the Republic of Korea’s 2001-2002 Presidency of the UN General Assembly.
Mr. Ban was born in the Republic of Korea on June 13, 1944. He received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970. In 1985, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his wife, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, have one son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.
Tom Heilandt – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Heilandt is a German citizen with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. From 1990-1992 he worked at Bayer in operations research and expert systems then joined AION International as systems engineer. From 1994-1998 he worked in the Secretariat of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva on the international regulations for the transport of dangerous goods. From 1998-2005 he was Secretary of the UNECE Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards. In 2005, he joined the Codex Secretariat in Rome as Senior Officer responsible for communication.
In October 2014, the Directors General of FAO and WHO appointed him to the position of Secretary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
Codex Alimentarius Commission
The Codex Alimentarius Commission is the worlds’ food standards body established by FAO and WHO in 1963 with the main objectives of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade. The Commission develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice and promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Codex contributes to the safety, quality and fairness of international food trade. Consumers can trust the safety and quality of the food products they buy and importers can trust that the food they ordered will be in accordance with their specifications.