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Ban Ki-Moon’s Life on Sundays

UN SG meets with Mayor of Vienna
The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, receiving an award from the Province of Vienna on Aug. 29, 2013. With him are his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, and the mayor of Vienna, Michael Haupl.

Ban Ki-moon, 69, has been the secretary-general of the United Nations since 2007. A South Korean, Ban spent his childhood in a war-torn country and later experienced its rebirth as an industrial power in Asia. His job never stops, so on Sundays he works, taking calls on his BlackBerry and responding to queries from his staff or heads of state. Ban lives with his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, 68, in a United Nations town house on Sutton Place, where visits from their three grown children and four grandchildren offer a break from the rigors of trying to solve the world’s problems.

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Dulcie Leimbach is the founder of PassBlue. For PassBlue and other publications, she has reported from New York and overseas from West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal) as well as from Europe (Scotland, Sicily, Vienna, Budapest, Kyiv, Armenia and The Hague). She has provided commentary on the UN for BBC World Radio, NHK’s English channel and Background Briefing with Ian Masters/KPFK Radio in Los Angeles.

Previously, she was an editor for the Coalition for the UN Convention Against Corruption; from 2008 to 2011, she was the publications director of the United Nations Association of the USA. She has also worked as an editorial consultant to various UN agencies. Before UNA, Leimbach was an editor at The New York Times for more than 20 years, editing and writing for most sections of the paper, including the Magazine, Book Review and Op-Ed. She began her reporting career in small-town papers in San Diego, Calif., and Boulder, Colo., graduating to the Rocky Mountain News in Denver before she worked in New York at Esquire magazine and Adweek. In between, she was a Wall Street foreign-exchange dealer. Leimbach has been a fellow at Yaddo, the artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; taught news reporting at Hofstra University; and was a guest lecturer at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated from the University of Colorado and has an M.F.A. in writing from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.

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