The Korea Herald


U.N. chief to visit S. Korea this week

By 윤민식

Published : Aug. 20, 2013 - 10:42

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will pay a six-day visit to his home country here in order to attend a global rowing competition and meet with South Korea's president, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The visit is scheduled from Aug. 22-27 during which Ban will take leave from the United Nations, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the six-day trip, Ban will attend the opening ceremony of the World Rowing Championships to be held in his home county of Chungju on Aug. 24. The secretary-general will also hold a meeting with President Park Geun-hye to discuss various issues ranging from the current situation of the Korean Peninsula to global peace, the ministry said.

Ban is also scheduled to attend the ministry-hosted forum, named the Post-2015 Korea Forum, which is designed to establish the country's future agendas following the 2015 expiration of the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, primarily intended to eradicate poverty, promote primary education and raise gender equality in the globe's most vulnerable regions.

The secretary-general will hold a press conference on Aug. 26 in the foreign ministry building, the ministry added. (Yonhap News)