The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an independent nonprofit organization under Austrian law. The Centre was founded in 2017 and is co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General from 2007 – 2016 and by Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria from 2004 – 2016.

1938

Heinz Fischer was born on 9 October 1938 in Austria.

1944

Ban Ki-moon was born in 1944 in South Korea.

1970

Before becoming Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations.

1975

Heinz Fischer became Executive Chairman of the Social Democratic Party in the Austrian Parliament until 1983.

1980

In 1980 Mr. Ban became Director of the United Nations’ International Organizations and Treaties Bureau, headquartered in Seoul.

1983

Heinz Fischer served as Minister of Science of the Republic of Austria until 1987.

1990

Heinz Fischer served as President of the National Council of Austria until 2002.

1998

Ban Ki-moon was appointed Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia in 1998, and a year later he was also elected as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom).

2004

Heinz Fischer took office as 11th State President of the Republic of Austria on 8 July 2004 In January 2004. He was elected on 25 April 2004 as the candidate of the Social Democratic Party.

2004

Ban Ki-moon became Foreign Minister of South Korea.

2007

Mr. Ban Ki-moon became the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Mr. Ban held office from on 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016.

2010

In April 2010, Heinz Fischer was re-elected as Federal President of Austria, winning a second six-year term in office with almost 79% of the votes and served until 2016.

2015

In 2015 countries adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved until 2030 and to leave no one behind.

2016

In October 2016 Heinz Fischer was appointed chairman of the Advisory Council for the Commemorative Year 2018 as well as being named guest professor at the University of Innsbruck.

2016

Ban Ki-moon ended his tenure as UN Secretary-General.

2017

Ban Ki-moon was elected to be Chair of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee. Mr. Ban joined the Group of Elders and the Club de Madrid and was recognized as honorary Professor at Yonsei University.

2017

Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer founded the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna focussing within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals on empowering women and the youth.

2018

3 January – Inauguration of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna.