The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an independent, non-profit organization in Vienna. It is co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and by Dr. Heinz Fischer, former President of the Republic of Austria. The Centre has affiliated offices in the Republic of Korea and tentatively in Kuwait.
Global citizenship is a continuously evolving concept and mindset that actively supports notions and activities that benefit humankind, in accordance with the Principles of the Charter of the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Global Citizenship focuses on the unifying rather than the dividing elements between peoples.
A global citizen is someone who self-identifies first and foremost not as a member of a State, a tribe or a nation, but instead as a member of the human race, looking beyond the narrow scope of national or personal interests. Global citizens support peaceful solutions to today´s global challenges.
The Centre will use its independence, expertise and network to work for peace, poverty eradication, empowerment of youth and women, justice and human rights worldwide. Working both publicly and through informal diplomacy, the Centre will engage with leaders, youth, academia, international organizations and civil society at all levels to resolve crisis and conflicts and address some root causes hindering the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens works within the framework of the SDGs particularly for women and young people focusing on the following key areas for the first years:
- Leadership and mediation for promoting peace;
- Advocacy to empower women and the youth; and
- Education for global citizens.
The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens wants to do its share in building a brighter future for all and contribute to the implementation of the SDGs.
Planned key programs of the Centre:
- Examining and working at a high-level to de-escalate conflicts and maintain peace (e.g. building rapid deployment capacity for mediation and confidence building measures in crisis situations);
- Assisting in efforts to reduce the numbers of young people dying prematurely every year (e.g. road safety as road accidents are globally the number one killer of 15-29 year olds);
- Supporting educational programs for young women and the youth ranging from youth entrepreneur mentoring projects to sports with the International Olympic Committee (incl. ‘education instead of radicalization’);
- Encouraging academic institutions to integrate global citizenship issues into their curricula (BKM Centre as central hub for global citizenship initiatives worldwide).
The Centre will not duplicate but complement ongoing efforts, based on a high-level strategic blueprint to be adopted in February 2018 at the next Advisory Board meeting in Pyeongchang Korea.