Co-chairman Ban Ki-moon Joins the Advisory Board of the Netpreneur Prize to Support African Entrepreneurs

Jack Ma, the founder and the executive chairman of Alibaba Group, established Jack Ma Foundation Netpreneur Prize to support businesses in digital economy by funding entrepreneurs in Africa. The prize will focus on internet-led businesses that help advance technology and innovation in Africa. The entrepreneurs will get a million USD per year for 10 years through competitions.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre’s Co-chairman Ban Ki-moon was named to the advisory board of the Netpreneur Prize. Ban expressed his excitement to join the advisory board through a video message and said,

“we aim to support African entrepreneurs to build a more inclusive and prosperous Africa and dramatically shape the future prospects of the continent for the better.”

“All young Africans should seize the opportunity to aim high,” Ban urged to the African youth, especially women, “put your best foot forward and I look forward to your application to the African Netpreneur Prize.” Ban sees that the empowerment of youth and women and the development of the global digital economy in Africa will make the continent become the leader of the next century.

For more information: http://netpreneur.africa/
Photo & Source: https://www.alizila.com/jack-ma-10-million-african-entrepreneurs-prize/

Honorary President of Korea Scout Association Ban Urges Supports for the Youth at the International Patrol Jamboree Held in Korea

“The life of our youth is never easy. Only when they can stretch their shoulders and pleasantly and freely spread their dream, our country can become a young country forever.”

Co-chairman Ban, also the Honorary President of Korea Scout Association, delivered a speech to the youth from all around the world at the opening ceremony of the 5th International Patrol Jamboree held in Gosung, Korea on August 2-7 in 2018.

With the theme “Unified Dream,” the International Patrol Jamboree hosted around 6,500 international students and leaders from 45 countries. During the 6 days of the international jamboree, young global leaders camped together, exchanged different cultures, and built up their adventurous spirit.

The jamboree was held in celebration of Korea hosting the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum where around 50,000 participants from 160 countries will join in 2023. Announcing the news, Honorary President of Korea Scout Association Ban discussed measures to host the World Scout Jamboree and urged more supports for the Scout activities of the youth.

Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Features at FIA Mobility Conference in Uruguay

On July 25th, Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Monika Froehler featured on a high-level panel at the 2018 FIA Mobility Conference held in Montevideo, Uruguay. She joined Felipe Calderón, President of the FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission; Pablo Inthamousso, Mobility Director for Montevideo City; Roberto Falkenstein, Head of Research and Development for Pirelli Tyres; and Sean O’Connor, Director of Strategy for Automobile and Touring Club of United Arab Emirates.

Froehler pointed out that, “Sustainable mobility is necessary to enable the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. FIA is already a Road Safety champion by supporting SDG 3 and SDG 11 on health and sustainable cities and communities with its #3500 lives campaign.” During the panel, Froehler further explained that sustainable mobility, “affects all of us on an individual to global level” and that “75 per cent of people will live in urban centres by 2050, so if we get the city level right now, we’ll be a very long way towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

One of the primary themes in the discussion was the necessity to effectively communicate about sustainability policy. Froehler added:

“We need to adopt systems that adapt to new technology, and the young need to be educated about this. Half of the world is under the age of 25, and that proportion is set to increase. It will be their demands that drive the economy, but we need to pave the way now to ensure we can succeed in a future that has to be environmentally friendly.”

 

Source: https://www.fia.com/multimedia/publication/2018-fia-mobility-conference-newsletter-1
For more information on the conference: https://www.fia.com/2018-fia-mobility-conference
Photo: FIA

Ban Ki-moon Centre Hosts the Second Breakfast Hub for Youth-led and Youth-focused Organizations

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens invited young leaders and representatives from varied organizations that work with and for youth and their empowerment. To achieve the goals as a global citizen the participants shared their ideas on how they are connected to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Agenda 2030.

The two keynote guest speakers were Billy Batware from the UNODC, who is Co-founder of Regional Academy on United Nations (RAUN), United for Education and Sustainable Futures (UESF), Youth Education Ambassadors (YEA), and Forum for Young Internationalists (FYI), and Katarina Eric, who is President of AIESEC in Austria.

“As you know, global citizenship requires strong networks, partnerships,” said Batware. He emphasized, “during this network event, probably, get to know others and do something together”

and ended his speech with a quote from Ban Ki-moon:

“Be a global citizen. Act with passion and compassion. Help us make this world safer and more sustainable today and for the generations that will follow us. That is our moral responsibility.”

Katarina said she strongly believes that “in order to create a better future, we need to unlock potential in youth.” She said, “a whole point of activating youth is actually creating a change agent” and that being a global citizen for her is “actually believing that you can make a change.”

The participants actively engaged in networking and workshop session by discussing what needs to be improved in the field of youth empowerment to achieve global goals. For one-on-one interviews that the Centre conducted, each of them picked their favorite SDG and explained what they have done and what they will do as a global citizen in order to achieve the goal.

The participants’ organizations are:

AIESEC in Austria, CISV Austria, Erasmus Mundus Global Studies MA Dual Degree Program (EMGS), European Youth Parliament Austria, Interact Club Austria, International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN), Students Impact Initiative, Umweltbundesamt, Civil Society Team of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), WWF Generation Earth, and HeForShe in Graz/Vienna.

Ban Ki-moon Centre Hosts the First Breakfast Hub for Women Organizations

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens invited women leaders and change makers from international organizations and NGOs in Austria to the Centre’s first breakfast hub. The breakfast hub was intended to create a network among like-minded people and to seek for ways to empower women and to reach gender equality, also in the light of Sustainable Development Goal 5 of the United Nations.

The CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre Monika Froehler gave welcome remarks and a brief overview of the Centre´s activities. She was followed by two keynote speakers on “women empowerment”, Mrs. Désirée Schweitzer, the President of the UN Women National Committee Austria and the Director General of the Department for International Development at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mrs. Lilly Sucharipa, the former President of the UN Women National Committee Austria.

Schweitzer highlighted how many women and girls are experiencing domestic violence and sexual harassment as well as forced childhood marriage.

Furthermore, she argued that “women provide 2.6 times more unpaid care and domestic work than men. Women still hold a mere 23.7% of parliamentry seats” and that “in the private sector, women globally occupy less than a third of senior and middle-management positions.” Schweitzer urged that “we have to work together to change this step by step.”

Sucharipa also emphasized that “not only the SDG 5, but all the other SDGs are important in connection with lives of women.” “If it is clean water or affordable energy; if it is health or economic empowerment, extremely important, and the most important education,” she said that “all these goals play into women’s lives and have to be considered when you talk about women.”

During the networking and brainstorming session, the participants actively shared the challenges and ideas for women empowerment in all national, regional, and global levels and how the solutions can be connected to the concept of global citizenship.

Advisory Board Meeting of the Ban Ki-moon Centre – Pyeongchang, Korea

ADVISORY BOARD MEETING OF THE BAN KI-MOON CENTRE

9 FEBRUARY 2018, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea

The Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens is holding its next Advisory Board meeting of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens at the margins of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea on 9 February 2018.

The Board meeting will be co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, the former United Nations Secretary General and Heinz Fischer, the former President of the Republic of Austria. Please see the current list of Board members of the Ban Ki-moon Centre here.

Mr Christoph de Kepper, Director General of the International Olympic Committee and several other high-level dignitaries will join the Board. The Board aims to decide on the high-level strategic blueprint for the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

More information will be made available in due time.

Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum On Sustainable Development (GEEF-SD)

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT & EMPOWERMENT FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (GEEF-SD)

7 – 8 FEBRUARY 2018, Seoul, Republic of Korea

The first Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development will take place in Seoul, Korea at Yonsei University and is co-hosted by the Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment of Yonsei University and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

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Inauguration of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is inaugurated on 03.01.2018 in Vienna at the Austrian Federal Chancellery under the auspices of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Direct link to video here.
 

Live from the Austrian Bundeskanzleramt: Inauguration of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Wednesday, January 3, 2018