Ban Ki-moon, born 13 June 1944, was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself. Mr. Ban held office from on 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016. The Secretary-General pressed successfully for the creation of UN Women, a major new agency that consolidates the UN’s work in this area. Read Ban Ki-moon Biography and Profile.