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:

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:


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.

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


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)


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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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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Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens saddened by the death of Advisory Board Member H.E. Hans Kyrle

Vienna 16 January 2018 – The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens regrets to report the death of H.E. Dr. Hans Kyrle, a member of the Advisory Board of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. The two co-chairmen of the Centre, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Dr. Heinz Fischer, the fellow Board members and the Centre´s staff are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Hans Kyrle, who was a strong supporter of the Centre for Global Citizens since its inception.

Johannes Kyrle had a long and distinguished career. He had served as Secretary-General of Austria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for many years and had been a member of the National Security Council, advising the Austrian Federal Government on principal matters of foreign, security and defense policy. From 1997 to 2002 he was the Chief of Protocol at the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the Austrian Ambassador to the Principality of Liechtenstein with residence in Vienna from 1991 to 2002.

He was an appreciated member of the Advisory Board of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. He will be missed and thoughts are with his family and friends in these challenging times.

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Ban Ki-Moon and Heinz Fischer launch a new Centre for Global Citizens to empower young people

Vienna, 3 January 2018

Today Ban Ki-moon, (UN Secretary-General from 2007 – 2016) and Dr. Heinz Fischer, (Federal President of Austria from 2004 – 2016) officially inaugurated the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna at a ceremony at the Federal Chancellery of Austria, at the invitation of the Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Mr. Sebastian Kurz.

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