30 Aug '16, 6am

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki Moon awarded top honour from NUS

SINGAPORE - United Nations chief Ban Ki Moon received the highest honour from the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Tuesday (Aug 30) in recognition of his humanitarian accomplishments and work in sustainable development, human rights, global peace and security. The 72-year-old was given an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from NUS at a ceremony held at the Istana, which was presided over by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who is also NUS chancellor. Mr Ban, a South Korean, is the UN's eighth secretary-general and the second Asian to helm this post. He took office in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 to serve a second five-year term, which will come to an end in December this year. He has been an advocate for climate action and women's empowerment, and has undertaken major efforts to strengthen peacekeeping operations, improve humanitarian response and revitalise dis...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/united-nations-secr...

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