United Nations head Ban Ki-Moon will deliver a "major address" on disarmament and nonproliferation on Friday at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the school said.
Ban will discuss peace in "an over-armed world" and will take questions from the audience.
The institute is home to the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and Ban was invited to the school by the center's founding director, William Potter.
Ban, 68, has been secretary-general of the U.N. since 2007 and is the eighth to hold the position.
He was born in the Republic of Korea and earned a master's degree in public administration at Harvard University, according to his official U.N. biography.
Ban spent 37 years as minister of foreign affairs for South Korea before he was elected U.N. chief.
He grew up during the Korean War and his biography says it affects his work.
"I grew up in war," he said in his biography. "I am determined to see this organization deliver tangible, meaningful results that advance peace, development and human rights."
MIIS President Sunder Ramaswamy said in a press release he was "delighted and honored" to have Ban at the school. Ramaswamy said many former students at the university have gone on to work at the U.N.
The 10:30 a.m. speech is for guests only. It will be live-streamed for the public at go.miis.edu/unsg.
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