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Photographs from official travels of Ban Ki-moon, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations
All images Copyright of UN Photo/ Rick Bajornas
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Des Moines, United States. Oct. 18, 2012. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) is applauded as he walks to the podium to deliver the keynote address at the 2012 World Food Prize award ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Des Moines, United States. Oct. 18, 2012. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers the keynote address at the 2012 World Food Prize award ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa. He paid tribute to Prize laureate and scientist Daniel Hillel for his work helping millions of farmers grow more crops per drop of water in some of the driest places on earth.
 
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San Marino. Mar. 31, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon passes the Military Honour Guard of San Marino.  Mr. Ban’s wife Yoo Soon-taek follows behind him.
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San Marino. Apr. 1, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, accompany the newly-elected Captains Regent of San Marino, Antonella Mularoni and Denis Amici, on their procession from Valloni Palace to site of their inauguration. The Captains Regent rotate every six months as the heads of State.
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San Marino. Apr. 1, 2013. Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon visits The Second Tower of San Marino. The tower was erected over the remains of an ancient Roman fortress and was subsequently incorporated into the city walls of San Marino in the XVI century.
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San Marino. ​Apr. 1, 2013. Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon visits The Second Tower of San Marino. The tower was erected over the remains of an ancient Roman fortress and was subsequently incorporated into the city walls of San Marino in the XVI century.
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San Patrigano, Italy. Apr. 2, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) visits the San Patrignano drug rehabilitation centre in Italy to meet residents and those who work at the centre.
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Italy. Apr. 2, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is pictured during his flight from Rimini, Italy to Barcelona, en route to Andorra on official travel.
 
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Barcelona, Spain. Apr. 2, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travels by helicopter for his first visit to Principality of Andorra.
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Andorra. Apr. 2, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon passes a television showing joint press conference with Antoni Martí Petit, Head of Government of the Principality of Andorra.
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Andorra. Apr. 2, 2013. The Secretary-General tours the Old Parliament House (Casa de la Vall), ringing the bell that signals the opening of official sessions.
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco. Apr. 3, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tours the aquariums at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, during his two-day visit to Monaco.
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco. Apr. 3, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tours the aquariums at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, during his two-day visit to Monaco.
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Monaco. Apr. 4, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife Yoo Soon-taek visit the Grimaldi Forum, a congress and culture center in Monaco.
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Madrid, Spain. Apr. 4, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) holds a joint press conference with Mariano Rajoy, President of the Government of Spain.
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Madrid, Spain. Apr. 5, 2013. On the day marking 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks by skype with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani champion of the right of girls to have an education.
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Madrid. Spain. Apr. 6, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks on the telephone with Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China. He congratulated the Minister on his recent appointment. 

Mr. Ban and the Minister discussed recent developments on the Korean Peninsula and shared deep concern about the escalating tensions there. The Secretary-General said he was committed to doing whatever he could to de-escalate tensions. He said he was confident that the Chinese leadership would also do its best to help calm the situation and help Pyongyang to reverse course.
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Madrid, Spain. Apr. 5, 2013. Secretary-General of WTO, Taleb Rifai presents the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with a caricature of himself at a visit to the headquarters of the United Nations World Tourism Organiztion (UNWTO)
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Madrid, Spain. Apr. 4, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marks the 1,000-day milestone with members of the Spanish National Youth Council and the European Youth Council, as well as volunteers of the UN Millennium Campaign.
 
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Madrid, Spain. Apr. 6, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares to kick off a football match between Real Madrid and Levante in Madrid. He is showing a T-shirt under his shirt. The white T-shirt has the number 1,000 written on the back, signifying the number of days remaining to take action before the deadline of the anti-poverty targets -- the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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Madrid, Spain. Apr. 6, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves at the crowd before kicking off the Real Madrid-Levante football match at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Mr. Ban was wearing a white T-shirt with the number 1,000 on the back, signifying the number of days remaining to take action before the deadline of the anti-poverty targets -- the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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The Hague, Netherlands. Apr. 7, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) visits the International Court of Justice. Pictured here with Judge Peter Tomka (first from left); Judge Dalveer Bhandari (second from left); Ms. Patricia O'Brien, USG Legal Affairs (second from right); and Judge Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor (first from right).
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The Hague, Netherlands. Apr. 8, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at lectern) addresses the opening of the Third Review Conference of the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
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The Hague, Netherlands. Apr. 8, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Nooreinde Palace.
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The Hague, Netherlands. Apr. 8, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses a joint press conference with Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
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Vatican City, Rome. Apr. 9, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican. 
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Rome, Italy. Apr. 9, 2013. The SG meets with Mario Monti, Prime Minister of Italy.
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Yokohama, Japan. Jun. 2, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives an interview to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
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Yokohama, Japan. Jun. 2, 2013. The fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which commemorates the twentieth anniversary of TICAD and the fiftieth anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), takes place in Yokohama from 1 to 3 June 2013.
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Paris, France.  July 14, 2013. On an official visit to France, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended with French President François Hollande and other dignitaries a military parade celebrating the French national holiday, Bastille Day. UN Blue Berets took part in the parade.
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Paris, France. Jul. 15, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at the point of his meeting with Abdou Diouf (left), Secretary-General of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) and former President of Senegal.
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Paris, France. July 15, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) meets with Jean-Marc Ayrault (centre left), Prime Minister of France.
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Paris, France. Jul. 15, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with François Hollande, President of France.
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Paris, France. Jul. 15, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses a joint press conference with François Hollande (centre ), President of France, at the Elysée Palace
 
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Aqaba, Jordan. Aug. 15, 2013. Secretary-General arrives by helicopter from Amman to Aqaba to meet with King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
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Rammallah, Palestine. Aug. 15, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) lays a wreath at the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
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Rammallah, Palestine. Aug. 15, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) meets with Mahmoud Abbas (centre right), President of the State of Palestine.
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Jerusalem, Israel. Aug. 16, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) meets with Shimon Peres (centre left), President of Israel.
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Jerusalem, Israel. Aug. 16, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.
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The Hague, Netherlands. Aug. 27, 2013. Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon takes a phone call during a meeting with his delegation.
 
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The Hague, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left) at the Peace Palace, in The Hague, with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (right); Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left); and Steven van Hoogstraten, General Director of the Carnegie Foundation, which owns and manages the Peace Palace.
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The Hague, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon between meetings at at Peace Palace, The Hague.
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The Hague, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice, in The Hague.
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The Hague, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice, in The Hague.
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The Hague, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left) after the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace, in The Hague, with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (left); Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (right); and Steven van Hoogstraten, General Director of the Carnegie Foundation, which owns and manages the Peace Palace.
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The Hague, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. The Secretary-General and Mrs. Ban visit the grave site of Yi Jun in Nieuw Eykenduynen Cemetary
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The Hague, Netherlands. Apr. 28, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the ministerial conference on the peaceful settlement of disputes that was held as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague. The conference was chaired by Frans Timmermans, Minister for foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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Leiden, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers the 2013 Freedom Lecture at Leiden University, in the city of Leiden, the Netherlands.
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Leiden, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers the 2013 Freedom Lecture at Leiden University, in the city of Leiden, the Netherlands.
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Leiden, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves goodbye after delivering the 2013 Freedom Lecture at Leiden University, in the city of Leiden, the Netherlands.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands. Aug. 28, 2013. With the Syrian crisis high on his agenda and en route for an official visit to The Hague, Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon consults with world leaders by phone, from an automobile at Amsterdam Airport.
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Vienna, Austria.  Aug. 29, 2013. Secretary-General speaks with press after the ceremony where he received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Province of Vienna, from Mayor Michael Häupl (left) at the city hall in Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria. Aug. 29, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) speaks to journalists following his meeting with Heinz Fischer (right), President of Austria, and Chancellor Werner Faymann.
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Vienna, Austria. Aug. 29, 2013. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves as he departs Vienna, Austria.
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Munich, Germany. Aug. 29, 2013. With the Syrian crisis uppermost on his agenda and having cut short an official visit to Austria, Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon consults with world leaders by phone from Munich Airport, on his way back to New York.