International Women’s Day 2018

March 8th is the International Women’s Day (IWD), a day to celebrate and empower women by reflecting on progress made in education, economics, politics, business, and many other aspects of society and calling for more changes to take a bigger step closer to gender parity. The Ban Ki-moon Centre works for empowering women as global citizens within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Women hold up more than half the sky and represent much of the world’s unrealized potential. They are the educators. They raise the children. They hold families together and increasingly drive economies. They are natural leaders. We need their full engagement … in government, business and civil society,” said former UNSG Ban Ki-moon.

Though there have been significant improvements achieved, unequal treatments and norms against women in different places still continue to exist. Such restrictions emasculate women, and it requires efforts from all people regardless of their gender and synergy from varied organizations, institutes, governments, and media to make further changes. It is not solely women’s or a single entity’s responsibility to make a progress, but everyone’s as a world-renowned feminist journalist and social and political activist

Gloria Steinem points out, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

Following the #PressforProgress campaign by the IWD, Women at the UN – Accountability Buddy Network (WUNABN) hosted a conference in Vienna, Austria today to actively engage women in exchanging their experiences of achieving gender parity and to give out practical know-hows on job applications, interviews, and how to find the right path in their career plan. Find more information on their website: https://wunabn.org/womens-day-2018/conference

The IWD thus brings everyone, every entity, and every country together to celebrate the day and to make a progress from individual level to governmental and from local level to global. As the world has witnessed empowerment being contagious with butterfly effect for the past century, one can hope that soon the IWD will be celebrated with reflections on achievements without any need for a call to action. Watch the UN Women’s inspirational video on International Women’s Day 2018: “The Time is Now” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXCnHvQzoOU

Source: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Photo: UN Photo by Ky Chung

Online course with Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer on the SDGs

Our co-chairmen Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer teach an online course on Coursera, and now registered students can access the videos and readings. Anyone from any part of the world interested in familiarizing themselves with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development is invited to take the lectures. Throughout 7 weeks, students will be directed to learn about the SDGs through five foundations: people. planet, prosperity, peace & partnership, and youth & SDG implementation. These interconnected foundations then will lead students to tackle problems and encourage them to make changes and take part in integrating the SDGs in all countries.

Following the introductory session for the 17 goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, every week there are 8 to 13 lecture videos along with 5 to 8 readings to complete. Weekly quizzes and the final project will be graded if one decides to take the course whereas auditing the course is also an option. Check out the course on Coursera and register now.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/sustainable-development-ban-ki-moon

Photo: Porapak Apickodilok

 

Ban Ki-moon was elected president and chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Ban Ki-moon was elected President and Chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) which is dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies.  Ban Ki-moon will begin his two-year term in office as GGGI’s President and Chair on February 20, 2018, taking over from H.E. Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, who undertook his duties as Acting President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council in July 2017.
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Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna

Co-Chair Heinz Fischer welcomed the former German President Joachim Gauck (President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 2012 – 2016) at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. Joachim Gauck visited the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens as part of his program in Vienna, after he delivered a speech on the topic of democracy at the University of Vienna, to which Heinz Fischer contributed an introductory speech.

While visiting the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens former President Joachim Gauck underlined the importance of the Centre´s mission and congratulated Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer on their initiative in the international city of Vienna.

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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

 

Let’s unite in moving ahead with this Paris climate change agreement

London – US President Donald Trump is “standing on the wrong side of history” in withdrawing from the Paris Climate Treaty

“I am deeply concerned about what President Trump of the United States has declared that the US is withdrawing from this Paris Agreement. I have been speaking out that his vision is politically short-sighted, and economically irresponsible and scientifically wrong. So he is standing on the wrong side of history,” Ban said on the sidelines of a London peace walk.

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“65 million children are still out of school” warned former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Toronto – WE, the largest youth organization in Canada to date and it’s only getting bigger. WE officially opened the doors to its first ever Global Learning Centre (GLC) – a space for big thinking youth to pitch their ideas, connect with kids across the globe and ultimately impact their communities.

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