BKM Centre Board members featured at breakout sessions during EFA 2018

Some of the Board members of the Ban Ki-moon Centre were featured with other world leaders and experts at different breakout sessions of the political symposium during European Forum Alpbach 2018 on August 26, 2018.

A session co-hosted by the Centre and Austrian Development Agency (ADA) had a discussion focused on “Women and Youth Empowerment – the Sustainable Development Goals in Practice.” The featured panelists were:

  • Márcia Balisciano, Director of Corporate Responsibility, RELX Group in London
  • Michael Sheldrick, Global Director of Policy and Advocacy, Global Poverty Project, Global Citizen in New York
  • Karin Kneissl, Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Österreichisches Außenministerium
  • Martin Ledolter, Managing Director, ADA
  • Nour Barakeh, a youth representative

Other youth representatives including a Syrian refugee, Doaa Al Zamel, also presented their thoughts during the panel discussion. The panelists listened to their concerns and ideas regarding various social issues and proactively shared their expertise.

The live-streamed videos of this session can be found on the Centre’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Another breakout session was hosted by Bertelsmann Stiftung and Environment Agency Austria with the topic on “Implementing the SDGs: the challenges countries face and the solutions they offer.” During this session, BKM Centre Co-chair Ban Ki-moon gave comments and the featured panelists were:

  • Aart Jan De Geus, Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh
  • Christian Kroll, Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh
  • Susan Myers, Senior Vice President, UN Foundation in New York
  • Monika Mörth, Managing Director, Environment Agency Austria in Vienna
  • Herbert Ritsch, Director of Business Ethics, Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera AG in Vienna
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, Professor of Economics; Special Adviser to the UNSG on SDGs; Bestselling Author; Syndicated Columnist based in New York

 

 

Ban Ki-moon speech at the EFA 2018 Opening Session

Your Excellency President Van der Bellen,
Your Excellency President Pahor
Your Excelleny President Vučić,
Your Excellency President Thaci,
Your Excellency President Fischler,
Your Excellency Commissioner Hahn,
Your Excellency Minister Kneissl,
Your Excellency Minister Köstinger,
Dear Heinz,
Distinguished Guests,
Dear Global Citizens,
Gruess Gott! Good Afternoon!

I am pleased to join you today on the occasion of the opening of the Political Symposium of the European Forum Alpbach 2018.
This year marks the third time I have had the pleasure to be part of the vibrant and truly global atmosphere which everyone can experience year after year in Alpbach. In fact, this should be my 4th time, had I not cancelled my participation in 2013 because of the Syrian Crisis. Now, I am here to pay my overdue

Today, the values of mutual understanding and tolerance – so deeply embedded in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – celebrating its 70th Anniversary this Year – are facing profound tests around the world.
Diversity in the form of an open and inclusive society continues to be challenged by walls, closed doors, prejudice and fear. People are targeted because of their origins, culture, faiths and traditions.
Today, too many decision makers and politicians use cynical math and biased messaging to steer fear.

In times of fear and growing hate and discrimination towards people of different beliefs, nationalities, and sexual orientations, promoting tolerance through diversity and resilience should be of fundamental importance for decision-makers worldwide.
Therefore, resilient and thus more inclusive and diverse societies that can draw on the ideas, creative energy and talents of each of their members, are profoundly encouraged by tolerance, acting as a lever for sustainable development.

Already as Secretary-General of the United Nations I underlined that the Sustainable Development Goals are our only chance to put our planet on the right path. We do not have a Plan B or a Planet B – we only have one world and one plan. The SDGs are the people’s agenda, a plan of action for putting social conflicts to a rest, for reaching equality in all its dimensions, irreversibly, globally.
The SDGs and the Paris Climate agreement need to be our guiding principles to leave no one behind. We owe this to the billions of children, women and men who, through their courage, vitality, dreams and engagement help make our global society a more prosperous, resilient and diverse one.

Ladies and gentlemen,
I have special ties to Austria. As many of you know I have opened a small humble Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna in January this year and I am leading it together with my dear friend, Heinz Fischer. Thanks to you, President Van der Bellen, Chancellor Kurz and the whole Austrian government and many others who supported us on this journey so far.

Since the beginning of this year, we have worked to build the Cente up. It is still a small start- up enterprise. We created it to help to continue to address some of the challenges the world faces today. The Centre is just a small contribution to the worldwide ongoing efforts and we are still in the process of raising adequate funding for putting our plans into practice. We cannot do this alone, so we need all your help.

Let us act as Global Citizens. Let us look beyond national borders and empower each other to thrive in a peaceful and prosperous world. For the first time in history we can end poverty, for the first time in history we are all interconnected and have the knowledge of humankind at our fingertips. We have more tools at hand than ever before. Particularly the young need to be given the right opportunities to build “their tomorrow.”

Let us therefore see the world and all its possibilities through the prism of “we the people” and let us – at the same time – reject the failed mindset of “us” versus “them.”
We are all in this together.

I believe in a world of justice and peace for all. A world where girls can grow up free of fear of abuse. A world where human rights are respected, and women are treated with the respect and dignity. A world where poverty is eradicated. A world where economic growth and sustainable development are not mutually contradictory. A world where young people have a voice and a chance for a prosperous tomorrow.

Ladies and gentlemen,
As the leaders of tomorrow, I urge you all to remain engaged, not only during this year’s European Forum Alpbach, but also beyond: You have the passion and energy and commitment to make a difference. Exchange experiences and lessons learned and encourage each other to go faster and further. Have a global vision. Go beyond your country; go beyond your national boundaries and act as a truly Global Citizen.
We can build this world – together – to leave no one behind.
Thank you.

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens Featured at European Forum Alpbach 2018

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens’ Co-chairs, Board members, and all its staffs participated in European Forum Alpbach (EFA) 2018. President Franz Fischler of EFA welcomed the BKM Centre during the opening plenary session of the political symposium, at which Co-chair Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote speech on sustainable development and the future of the world. The full text of the keynote speech can be found here.

EFA is an international forum where experts from different fields such as arts, culture, economics, legislation, financial market, health, politics, etc. gather to freely share their expertise, knowledge, and ideas. Given the fact that it is hosted in a rural area surrounded by mountains, the forum provides a rather unique experience to its participants to network in relatively more open-minded setting.

Some of the Centre’s Board members were featured in breakout sessions and discussions at the forum where hundreds of professionals and aspiring youth leaders gathered to learn and expand their knowledge.

More information about the sessions held for the political symposium can be found here: https://www.alpbach.org/en/event/pol18/
Pictures of the BKM Centre’s engagements during EFA are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/141786750@N06/albums

Photo: Laurent Ziegler / European Forum Alpbach

Press Release by the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens on the passing of Mr Kofi Annan, the 7th Secretary General of the United Nations

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, together with its Co-Chairmen Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer and its Board Members are deeply shocked and saddened about the sudden and unexpected passing away of Kofi Annan, the 7th Secretary General of the United Nations. His lifelong dedication for world peace and human rights will not be forgotten and his work towards achieving these goals will last on through the extraordinary work of his whole lifetime and the continued work of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

In these difficult times our heartfelt condolences go out to Nane Annan, his family and friends.

Today the World has lost a great human being and an extraordinary mind.

Ban Ki-moon & Heinz Fischer

Statement by Mr. Ban Ki-moon on passing of Mr. Kofi Annan, the 7th Secretary General of the United Nations

Having heard with a great shock and deepest sorrow, my wife and I join the world´s people and all the colleagues of the United Nations system in extending our deepest condolences to Mrs. Annan and his bereaved family on the untimely passing of Mr. Kofi Annan, my predecessor Secretary General of the United Nations I also convey the same to the government and the people of Ghana.

For the last 15 years, I have had closely worked with Secretary General Kofi Annan for peace, development and human rights for all the people around the world. After retirement from the United Nations, Mr. Annan has been most energetic in the sublime works of realizing the goals of the United Nations, and has been leading The Elders Group where I had been honoured to work with him since 2017.

During and after his life-long service with the United Nations, he has been astutely guiding the United Nations organization into the 21st century defining an ambitious agenda that had made the UN truly indispensable to peace, prosperity and human dignity around the world.

He will always be admired and remembered for his vision and courage in upholding the United Nations principles and ideals.

May his soul rest in peace and eternity,

Ban Ki-moon
8th Secretary General of the United Nations

Co-chairman Ban Ki-moon Joins the Advisory Board of the Netpreneur Prize to Support African Entrepreneurs

Jack Ma, the founder and the executive chairman of Alibaba Group, established Jack Ma Foundation Netpreneur Prize to support businesses in digital economy by funding entrepreneurs in Africa. The prize will focus on internet-led businesses that help advance technology and innovation in Africa. The entrepreneurs will get a million USD per year for 10 years through competitions.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre’s Co-chairman Ban Ki-moon was named to the advisory board of the Netpreneur Prize. Ban expressed his excitement to join the advisory board through a video message and said,

“we aim to support African entrepreneurs to build a more inclusive and prosperous Africa and dramatically shape the future prospects of the continent for the better.”

“All young Africans should seize the opportunity to aim high,” Ban urged to the African youth, especially women, “put your best foot forward and I look forward to your application to the African Netpreneur Prize.” Ban sees that the empowerment of youth and women and the development of the global digital economy in Africa will make the continent become the leader of the next century.

For more information: http://netpreneur.africa/
Photo & Source: https://www.alizila.com/jack-ma-10-million-african-entrepreneurs-prize/

Co-chairman Ban Appointed as Honorable Chairman of the Special Music & Art Festival

The Special Music & Art Festival 2018 organized by Special Olympics Korea kicked off on August 7th in Korea, attracting 130 artists from all over the world, who have developmental disabilities. The Ban Ki-moon Centre’s Co-chair Ban Ki-moon was appointed as Honorable Chairman of the festival.

At the inaugural ceremony, Honorable Chairman Ban said that he sees how valuable it is to give help where it is needed through the festival and that he will deeply ponder what to do in order to make the festival accessible so that many more artists with developmental disabilities can participate.

The festival aims

  • to make an international hub of cultural exchange between musicians with developmental disabilities;
  • to bring confidence to performers by providing them with music lessons;
  • to encourage and support participants from developing countries so that the spirit of Special Olympics can be spread out;
  • to bring up mutual understandings between the participants with and without disabilities.

This year, the 5-day festival consists of music lessons, mini-Special Olympics, and various forms of concerts, including an open-stage concert for anyone who wants to perform.

 

For more info: http://specialmusicfestival.com/2018/index_eng.html

Honorary President of Korea Scout Association Ban Urges Supports for the Youth at the International Patrol Jamboree Held in Korea

“The life of our youth is never easy. Only when they can stretch their shoulders and pleasantly and freely spread their dream, our country can become a young country forever.”

Co-chairman Ban, also the Honorary President of Korea Scout Association, delivered a speech to the youth from all around the world at the opening ceremony of the 5th International Patrol Jamboree held in Gosung, Korea on August 2-7 in 2018.

With the theme “Unified Dream,” the International Patrol Jamboree hosted around 6,500 international students and leaders from 45 countries. During the 6 days of the international jamboree, young global leaders camped together, exchanged different cultures, and built up their adventurous spirit.

The jamboree was held in celebration of Korea hosting the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum where around 50,000 participants from 160 countries will join in 2023. Announcing the news, Honorary President of Korea Scout Association Ban discussed measures to host the World Scout Jamboree and urged more supports for the Scout activities of the youth.

Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Features at FIA Mobility Conference in Uruguay

On July 25th, Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Monika Froehler featured on a high-level panel at the 2018 FIA Mobility Conference held in Montevideo, Uruguay. She joined Felipe Calderón, President of the FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission; Pablo Inthamousso, Mobility Director for Montevideo City; Roberto Falkenstein, Head of Research and Development for Pirelli Tyres; and Sean O’Connor, Director of Strategy for Automobile and Touring Club of United Arab Emirates.

Froehler pointed out that, “Sustainable mobility is necessary to enable the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. FIA is already a Road Safety champion by supporting SDG 3 and SDG 11 on health and sustainable cities and communities with its #3500 lives campaign.” During the panel, Froehler further explained that sustainable mobility, “affects all of us on an individual to global level” and that “75 per cent of people will live in urban centres by 2050, so if we get the city level right now, we’ll be a very long way towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

One of the primary themes in the discussion was the necessity to effectively communicate about sustainability policy. Froehler added:

“We need to adopt systems that adapt to new technology, and the young need to be educated about this. Half of the world is under the age of 25, and that proportion is set to increase. It will be their demands that drive the economy, but we need to pave the way now to ensure we can succeed in a future that has to be environmentally friendly.”

 

Source: https://www.fia.com/multimedia/publication/2018-fia-mobility-conference-newsletter-1
For more information on the conference: https://www.fia.com/2018-fia-mobility-conference
Photo: FIA

Ban suggests adopting the “Negative Regulation System” for sustainable future at the 2018 FKI CEO Summer Forum

The Centre’s Co-chairman Ban Ki-moon gave a speech at the 2018 FKI CEO Summer Forum on the topic of sustainable future that Korean corporations will make. The forum is annually organized by the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) and is a knowledge-share platform for the CEOs in every sector and industry in Korea. This year, the forum was held in Jeju with a theme “Create New Opportunities, Create New Future.”

Ban emphasized the necessity of adopting “Negative Regulation System” that allows everything possible except what is impossible in order to prepare for the 4th industrial revolution. Through the system, he urged to maximize human creativity. Regarding the possible economic cooperation between two Koreas, Ban expressed hope for the leap of Korean corporations in utilization of unlimited potential growth of North Korean economy on the basis of “trust but verify” attitude.

Photo: FKI
Source: http://www.edaily.co.kr/news/news_detail.asp?newsId=03834326619275832&mediaCodeNo=257&OutLnkChk=Y