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Ban Ki-moon elected as Chairman of Boao Forum

Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was elected as Chairman of Boao Forum for Asia replacing Japan’s Yasuo Fukuda. Former governor of People’s Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan was appointed vice-chairman. Both the appointments took place during second session of annual Boao Forum, known as “Asian Davos” underway in China’s Hainan province. Ban Ki-moon is South Korean diplomat and was eighth Secretary-General of United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016.

Key Facts

The second Boao Forum will see participation of more than 2,000 political and economic leaders, including heads of large multinational firms. This year forum will be attended by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, International Monetary Fund (IMF’s) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

Boao Forum for Asia (BFA)

BFA is non-profit organisation that hosts high-level forums for leaders from government, business and academia in Asia and other continents to share their vision on most pressing issues in this dynamic region and world. It is modelled on annual World Economic Forum (WEF) held annually in Davos, Switzerland.

The Forum is committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries even closer to their development goals. It was established in 2001. Its first meeting was held in April 2002 and since then it is held annually. Its fixed address is held annully in Bo’ao, Hainan province, China although Secretariat is based in Beijing. The forum sometimes is known as the “Asian Davos”. It takes its name from town of Boao in China’s southern Hainan province, which has been permanent venue for its annual conference since 2002.

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Russia honours UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Order of Friendship Award

Russia has honoured UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Order of Friendship Award.

He was bestowed with this award for his special merits in strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between peoples.

In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree awarding the Order of Friendship to Ban Ki-moon.

About Ban Ki-moon

  • Ban Ki-moon is eighth secretary-general of the United Nations. He had entered into the office for the first time on 1 January 2007.
  • He as re-elected in June 2011 and shall remain in office till 31 December 2016.
  • Prior to becoming Secretary-General of UN, he was working as diplomat in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea and in the United Nations.
  • He also had served as the foreign minister of South Korea from January 2004 to November 2006.

About Order of Friendship

The Order of Friendship established in 1994 is a state decoration of the Russian Federation. It is awarded to Russian citizens and foreign nationals for their outstanding work, deeds and efforts for betterment of relations with the Russian Federation and its people.

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