Finance Meeting of the Ban Ki-moon Centre Held in Paris

(from the left, Kim Won-soo, Daniele D. Bodini, Jean Todt, Irina Bokova, Ban Ki-moon, Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, Monika Froehler, Sungeun Chi, Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi)

Last Saturday, some Advisory Board members of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens met for finance and fundraising considerations in Paris, France. Jean Todt, the President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, hosted the meeting at FIA Headquarters.

During the meeting, the previous work and the on-going projects of the Centre were discussed. The participants also shared their ideas on possibilities and strategies for financial cooperation for the Centre with its partners, including the governments of Korea, Kuwait and Austria, and international organizations, foundations, philanthropy and private sector.

The second regular annual Advisory Board meeting – with the complete Advisory Board present – will take place on August 27th during the European Forum Alpbach 2018, Austria. The Advisory Board members will participate in the Forum´s panels, workshops, and/or seminar sessions with members of government, high-level dignitaries, experts, businessmen and youth participants from all over the world.

Ban Ki-moon Stressed the Importance of Collaboration and Reaching Gender Equality and Global Citizenship at PAS 2018

PATA Annual Summit 2018 (PAS 2018) took place in Gangneung, Republic of Korea on May 17-20, 2018 under the theme “Building Bridges, Connecting People: How Collaboration Creates Opportunities.” As PATA stands for Pacific Asia Travel Association, the association hold the 4-day international summit in the field of tourism with 372 delegates from 182 organizations.

“The PATA Annual Summit is a unique opportunity for us to highlight the issues that are affecting our industry, and for our delegates from both the public and private sector to come together to addresses the challenges and opportunities facing our various organisations,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy.

During the one-day conference on May 18, Ban Ki-moon gave a special keynote through which he emphasized the importance of cooperation and collaboration in world’s most pressing issues and the significance of the tourism industry that also fosters multicultural understanding and empathy.

The session included an one-on-one interview by the BBC World News Presenter and Producer Sharanjit Leyl. During the interview, Ban showed his hope for the peaceful reunification of two Koreas and said that

“The US-North Korea Summit will make a good progress.”

He also stressed the importance of achieving greater gender equality and spreading awareness of global citizenship.

To achieve gender parity and women empowerment, Ban said he has been trying his best “to make sure that women are given equal opportunities if not more than men” as “considering the global population, there are more women in this world.” Furthermore, he urged world leaders not to erect wars but to “build the bridges and connect the people,” keeping the mindset of global citizenship.

Speech Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMybkWDGMI8
Interview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fup2SjFdXs
Source: https://www.pata.org/h-e-ban-ki-moon-inspires-delegates-at-pata-annual-summit-2018/
Photo: E News Today

Remarkable Stories of People Who Created the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement of 2015 is an agreement made by leaders from all around the world within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a remarkable example of collective leadership. Over several years, thousands of individuals and organizations altogether have created synergy to contribute to achieving global goals, and as of June 2018, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement.

“The Paris Agreement provides a viable blueprint to mitigate the serious threats to our planet. It sets clear targets to restrict rising temperatures, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and facilitate climate-resilient development and green growth,” said Ban Ki-moon.

“Profiles of Paris” is a story-telling project initiated to further spread the importance of the Paris Agreement and to raise awareness on climate change. The project collected remarks of the global leaders in order to encourage collaboration in any area and to bring the world closer together to solve the global issues by reflecting the mistakes of the past and coming up with global solutions.

“We must remember that our work is not done yet. Indeed, the Paris Agreement is only the starting point. We need to continue to galvanize further climate action and elevate collective efforts to implement the Paris Agreement,” said Ban.

“The bottom line is that we don´t have a Plan B, because we don’t have a Planet B.”

Source/Photo: https://profilesofparis.com

President Hashim Thaçi of the Republic of Kosovo Visits Ban Ki-moon Centre

President Hashim Thaçi, First-Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Behgjet Pacolli, and Ambassador Sami Ukelli of the Republic of Kosovo visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens for a meeting with Dr. Heinz Fischer, the former Austrian President and the co-chairman of the Centre. Ardian Arifaj and Blerim Shala, the two advisors to the President, and Faruk Ajeti, the Secondary Secretary to the Ambassador, were also present at the meeting.

President Thaçi and Fischer discussed the current situation in Kosovo and the Balkan region and the way forward. While in Vienna President Thaçi also met with the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel to discuss the expansion of the economic cooperation between the two states in political, economic, educational, and cultural fields. The final stage of the dialogue on normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, process facilitated by the EU was also covered at the official meetings.

Source: http://www.president-ksgov.net/en/news/president-thaci-departs-for-an-official-visit-to-austria-received-by-chancellor-sebastian-kurz

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 Vienna 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.

Ban Ki-moon Stresses the Need to Address Sustainable Development at the Global Challenges Summit 2018

“I would like to note the obligation Kazakhstan has assumed is that 50% of all its energy will be generated by alternative sources. I am confident that the Green Technologies International Centre launched by President Nazarbayev in 2017 will be a good instrument for Kazakhstan to take the lead in fulfilling those obligations the worldwide,” said Ban Ki-moon at the Global Challenges Summit 2018.

Ban congratulated Kazakhstan for its initiative in green economy and discussed science innovation, education exchange, green energy, and technology development cooperation, stressing the need to address sustainable development.

Global Challenges Summit 2018 is transformed from Astana Economic Forum, Kazakhstan’s leading conference on economic matters, which demonstrates the country’s new status in the international discourse.

The summit focused on
– Economic growth and resource resilience
– Digitalization and urbanization
– Longevity and the financial revolution
– Global security and cultural change

Source/Photo: http://lenta.inform.kz/en/kazakhstan-takes-lead-in-striving-for-green-economy-ban-ki-moon_a3255321
Source: https://www.forum-astana.org/en/node/54
Source: https://astanatimes.com/2018/05/astana-economic-forum-kicks-off-in-kazakh-capital-focuses-on-global-challenges

Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable Development Opened in Kazakhstan

At the Global Challenges Summit 2018 (former Astana Economic Forum), the opening of the Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable Development was announced on May 17th, 2018. The institute was agreed to be established at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Al-Farabi KazNU is one of the 10 global hubs of the UN Academic Impact Program, and it has largely contributed to the implementation of the SDGs.

“It is a great honor for me to work together with such University as Al-Farabi KazNU. Its best practices as a world coordinator of the academic community on sustainable development are effective, sought-after and highly valued in the UN. It is a recognized leader in promoting the UN initiatives aimed at meeting the challenges of the millennium. And the fact that his authority to head the global hub has been extended until 2020 demonstrates the great confidence of the UN,” said Ban Ki-moon.

 

“We are glad that the Institute for Sustainable Development opened in Kazakhstan and in the leading university – Al-Farabi KazNU. Our cooperation goes on to a qualitatively new high level, and it fully meets the interests of the UN and the international community in solving world problems of mankind,” said Myong-Sei Son, Director General of the Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment of Yonsei University, said Myongsei Sohn, the Executive General of the IGEE at Yonsei University.

Source: http://www.kaznu.kz/en/3/news/one/13754/
Photo: Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Ban Ki-moon Makes Mention of the Cancellation of the High-level Inter-Korean Meeting

Regarding North Korea’s sudden cancellation of the high-level talks today, Ban Ki-moon showed his concerns and mentioned North Korea’s nonfulfillment of the previous agreements between two Koreas. An interview with Ban was conducted by the CNBC.

Despite the concerns, Ban showed some optimistic views and contended that

    “it is important that [North Korea] should be fully committed to all these detailed agreements.”

If the Summit between North Korea and the United States is successfully held next month in Singapore,

    Ban stressed that the Summit should draw up “a bold and concrete agreement to dismantle nuclear weapons and to denuclearize North Korea.”

Speaking about the importance of having advanced negotiations, Ban strongly hoped that this time North Korea does not disappoint the excitement and the wish of the international community and that

    “the Summit meeting between the two leaders will be a successful one.”

Although the entire peace process may not be complete by one Summit meeting, Ban sees that it could be possible through mutual efforts of the countries involved and with the great support from the international community.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/16/ban-ki-moon-iran-deal-pullout-sends-bad-message-to-north-korea.html
Photo: Newsis

Ban Ki-moon Meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing

Ban Ki-moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Beijing, China. The two leaders discussed how China can best apply its political leadership power in making Asia an important platform for promoting harmonious coexistence of the people around the world.

As host country of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) of which Ban is the Chairman, China promised to support the BFA to amplify its influence. Xi said that

    1. “the mission and purpose of the forum is to promote economic integration in Asia, boost exchanges and cooperation between regional countries and the world, to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results.”

Ban emphasized on the importance of promoting Asia’s openness and innovation to obtain strength and to solve global issues through unification of Asian countries.

During his official visit to Beijing, Ban also appreciated Xi’s support for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in making strategic decisions.

  1. “China has been playing a very important role,” Ban said, “I hope for and I urged him to continue to render his strong political leadership so that North Korea will be bound by all these agreements which will come out from the US-North Korean Summit and also the sincere implementation of Panmunjom declaration.”

Source: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1102482.shtml
Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/16/ban-ki-moon-iran-deal-pullout-sends-bad-message-to-north-korea.html

Photo: Xinhua/Xie Huanchi