Ban Ki-moon: The UN in a divided world | Talk to Al Jazeera

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    The United Nations General Assembly elected Ban Ki-moon as its eighth secretary-general in October 2006.

    The challenges he faced were many; from Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programmes, to conflicts in the Middle East, and the threat of global warming. After two terms, Ban left office and was replaced by Antonio Guterres in 2017.

    As many of the issues he faced still remain, what can the UN do to have a bigger impact and effect global change? The former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, talks to Al Jazeera.

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    In This Story: Iran

    Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

    Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

    Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.

    The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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