Integrating SDGs in Viennese Curriculum

May 27th 2020, marked the start of an influential partnership between the Ban Ki-moon Centre and the Bildungsdirektion fur Wien. (Directorate of Education).

The cooperation between the BKMC and Bildungsdirektion Wien aims to promote and advance the SDGs education in secondary schools in Vienna. Today, Heinz Fischer, the BKMC Co-chair joined Director of Education Mag. Heinrich Himmer at the newly established Bildungshub that serves as a platform to share creative impulses and innovative learning practices where teachers and students discuss new ideas and implement projects. Through the video recorded today Co-chair Heinz Fischer will address teachers and students to express the importance of the SDGs to tackle today’s challenges .

Times of crisis like the COVID19 pandemic highlight the utmost importance of education and knowledge about the interconnectedness of global challenges.The joint mission of education for the Sustainable Development Goals leads to a synergetic pathway between the BKMC and Bildungsdirektion Wien. 

The collaboration will start with an online kick-off event on the topic of “The relevance of the SDGs in Viennese schools” on June 18th . Experts from the education sector will discuss ways of integrating the SDGs into the existing curricula.  

Finalizing Women’s Empowerment Program #GCC SDGs Projects

The last conference call of the Women’s Empowerment Program, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was held today, 18 May 2020, in an online session.

The Women’s Empowerment Program: GCC was launched last November in 2019. 20 aspiring fellows of WEP GCC gathered from Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and participated in a 2-week tailor-made program to advance their global potential to promote the Sustainable Development Goals and foster women’s empowerment. The training was followed by a six month implementation period of the fellows SDG Micro-Projects. The fellowship covers 13 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Today the fellows had their 4th and final conference call giving them the opportunity to share their individual experiences and learnings from their project implementation process. The fellows will finalize their fellowship with the Ban Ki-moon Centre next week 31st May by presenting the impact report of their SDG Micro-Projects. They will then receive a Certificate of Achievement and officially be part of the Ban Ki-moon Centre Global Citizen Alumni Network. Congratulations to all our fellows. We hope you continue following your passions and collaborating with the Alumni Network.  

Is preparing for peace and global citizenship a priority?

Watch our CEO Monika Froehler in the Online Education Leadership Forum panel on Education in the Times of Corona: Is preparing for peace and global citizenship a priority?

The panel took place online, on May 14th 2020, and was organized by the Online Education Leadership Forum which is hosted by the Council for Global Citizenship Education (GCED) under the auspices of the Global Citizenship Foundation.

The panel started with a moment of silence to commemorate all those who have lost their lives during the pandemic. The panelists underlined the importance of global citizenship education, especially during the pandemic, that we should look beyond our differences and see what connects us. Global education needs to include crisis and trauma response and appreciation of common humanity. 

Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Monika Froehler mentioned the ‘head, heart, hand’ methodology of GCED: Head – stimulating children intellectually. Heart – stimulating children emotionally. Hand – stimulating skills. It was agreed upon that taking action on grass-root level is key, but that all stakeholders should chip in! The bottom-up approach raises awareness on the importance, but we need governments to transform ideas into policy.

You can watch the full panel below with:

☑️ Dr. Ashok K Pandey, Chairperson of the Counsil for GCED Global Citizenship Foundation

☑️ Dr. Paul Downes, Director Educational Disadvantage Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Ireland DCU ☑️ Simon Kuany, Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education Specialist,UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development UNESCO MGIEP

Women’s Empowerment for Latin America

The Ban Ki-moon Centre is excited to soon start a new Women’s Empowerment Program catering to young dedicated women from Latin America. The program will be implemented together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and with the generous support of the State of Qatar.

 The 11th President of the Republic of Austria and BKMC Co-chair Heinz Fischer and His Excellency Sultan bin Salmeen Al Mansouri, the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN in Vienna showed their dedication to this innovative program through contributing key remarks on the initiation of the Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) for Latin America during an online meeting on 13 May 2020. UNODC was represented by John Brandolino, Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs and Marco Teixeira, Senior Programme Officer of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration and was moderated by Lulua Assad.
 “We are encouraged to see us joining forces for this tailor-made Women Empowerment Program.  Especially in challenging times like these, it becomes evident how necessary it is to continue our work to strengthen multilateralism, justice, rule of law and build partnerships that contribute to achieving the SDGs.”, emphasized Heinz Fischer Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre.
  During the virtual exchange, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens CEO Monika Froehler presented some of the details of our future collaboration which will be part of the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, a component of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration. The Program will focus on training and equipping 20 young, dedicated women from Latin American countries with the skill-set to act as SDG leaders within their fields of work. While all of the 17 SDGs provide the framework for the programme, its focus will be on SDGs 4,5,16 and 17. It will start with a period of online learning, followed by 2-week in-person training in Vienna and will conclude with the implementation of SGD Micro-projects by the participants in their local contexts.  The WEP for Latin America will be the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s first initiative for that region. Taking the first step in this strategic partnership with UNODC, we are looking forward to the opportunity to transform education policy into action with the distinguished support of the State of Qatar.  Please stay tuned for more information on the program.
Ban Ki-moon Centre Annual Report 2019

Ban Ki-moon Centre 2019 Annual Report is Out!

We are thrilled to share the 2019 Annual Report of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens with you. We hope to inspire you with what we have accomplished together in 2019 and with what we will build on it in 2020 and beyond with your place in our valuable global network. Read our report hereshare it and join us in supporting global citizens around the world.  
“To every single member of our Ban Ki-moon Centre family who showed their support with social media posts and likes, donations and collaborations, thank you. Our dedication to supporting global citizen mindsets and empowering youth and women around to world with education and participation is at the heart of who we are.“ Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Monika Froehler

The Ban Ki-moon Centre partcipated in the GenZ Solvers Interactive

The Ban Ki-moon Centre partcipated in the GenZ Solvers Interactive initiative.

  The “Gen-Z Solvers Interactive” organized by Worldview Education facilitates inspiring and informative dialogues for Generation Z times of Covid and in a post COVID era. By bringing together stakeholders from academiaindustrycivil societygovernments the dialogues will focus on 21st-century issues. As the Ban Ki-moon Centre for global citizens we joined the conversations with two sessions.  
The first live webinar that happened on April 29th was on the topic of gender equality and diversity, our COO Katrin Harvey, Sarena Bahad founder of WomenInTech and Gender Consultant Apurva Vurity joined as panelists. The speakers discussed the role of women throughout history and how we can take action to be a change-makers. You can watch the full session right here.           The second live webinar which took place on April 30th was curated and hosted by the Ban Ki-moon Centre. The interactive panel using Mentimeter to engage the GenZ solvers into the discussion was on global citizenship in times of pandemic. Our CEO Monika Froehler, Communications Officer Katre Olmez and Intern Jeehae Choi talked about the global citizenship mindset, the influence of the pandemic on our lives and the role culture plays when their is a global crisis. The participants were able to ask live questions. You can watch the session right here. You can find out more about Worldview Education here.
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THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF WOMEN PEACEBUILDERS DURING COVID-19

© IPHRD-Africa Image: The 2nd International Young Women Mediation Forum organized by International Center for Peace, Human Rights and Development (IPHRD-Africa) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

What do the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Syria and Ukraine have in common?

Like almost all other countries in the world, they’ve been hit by Covid-19. They are also states experiencing deadly conflicts, lack of good governance and food insecurities. However, their crucial common denominator is a group of extraordinary women peacebuilders defending the rights of marginalized and vulnerable communities most at risk during the pandemic. On April 24th, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security gave some of these women a platform to raise awareness about the challenges they are facing on the ground, and to also highlight the opportunities for systemic change presented by the crisis. The webinar featured four extraordinary women peacebuilders, whose profiles and main messages we would like to share. Two members of the Ban Ki-moon Centre team joined the webinar to learn more about local peacebuilding efforts and to discover ways in which the organization could support grassroots activities. One of the four pillars of the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s work is Mediation. Under this pillar, the Centre promotes the inclusion of women and youth in peace processes, acknowledging their vital role in decision-making and in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Women peacebuilders prove to be the leaders for the most vulnerable and marginalized communities, managing not only crisis settings but fighting for a sustainable, equal and inclusive post-conflict society. Access to health infrastructure and digital technology, preservation of human rights, as well as economic empowerment and the inclusion of women in decision-making must be on top of every government’s agenda. Forgetting about half of the population means looking at only half of the solutions. COVID-19 could be a chance to rethink current political structures and create strong and resilient societies. Let’s grab this opportunity! If you want to support or engage in peacebuilding efforts, explore the grassroots organizations linked below and read about the amazing women right here:   Women Peace Network, Myanmar                                                  Center for Civil Society and Democracy, Syria   ANZAFRIKA, Democratic Republic of Congo                                 Theatre for Dialogue, Ukraine   Watch the webinar in full here: : 

SDGs Adaptation: The OPEC Fund Quarterly

The new edition of the #opecfund magazine is all about #ClimateChange adaptation. The magazine covers subjects from climate action, to sdgs, to sustainable farming and much more. Access the full magazine here.   
Monika Froehler Article in OPEC Fun Magazine May 2020
Katrin Harvey part of Mobilising to advance the SDGs panel 2020
  Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Monika Froehler participated as a guest author for the May 2020 edition of the OPEC Fund quarterly magazine. She emphasized the importance of gender equality in the planning of climate change adaptation. How women’s involvement means better outcomes and more sustainable solutions. Read the full article here.       The magazine also covered the joint event on March 3, between the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, the European Union Delegation in Vienna Joint SDG Fund and The OPEC Fund for International Development. The co-hosted panel discussed the successes and challenges of mobilising to advance the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. Read about the event here. 

Meeting the Erasmus Mundus Students

On 22 April 2020, the Ban Ki-moon Centre had an introductory meeting with our Program Officer, Julia Zimmerman.

    She briefed the Erasmus MUNDUS MAPP (Master’s in Public Policy) students on the Ban Ki-moon Centre and our various projects and programs. It was an interactive session that also engaged the participants with the use of the tool mentimeter. After getting to know each other,  she gave a presentation on the Centre and it’s work, high-lighting programs and projects that are specifically related to public policy efforts. Following the presentation, the floor was opened for a Q&A. About Erasmus MUNDUS M.A in Public Policy (MAPP) Program This program is a consortium consisting of the University of York (UK), Central European University (Budapest), Institute Barcelona D’Estudis Internacionals (Barcelona) and the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague). Check out the program here. – The program is accredited in Austria, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK + in the US on CEU tracks. – Since its establishment in 2007, 323 students have studied in the Mundus MAPP program from 78 countries and 5 continents. – 93% of our students were employed within 6 months after graduation (CEU First Destination Survey, 2018) – The program includes internships at top international organizations, government agencies and global NGOs, a field trip to experience the world of policy practice and policy labs. – 4 cooperative universities – Influence policy agendas, governments, and international organizations

Finalizing Women’s Empowerment Program #Asia SDGs Projects

 

The last conference call of the #WEPAsia was held today, 21st April 2020, in an online session.

  The Women’s Empowerment Program: Asia was launched last September in 2019, with a two week training program in Vienna followed by a six month implementation period of the #GlobalCitizenFellows SDG Micro-Projects. The fellowship covers 13 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.    Today the fellows had their 4th and final conference call giving them the opportunity to share their individual experiences and learnings from their project implementation process. The fellows will finalize their fellowship with the Ban Ki-moon Centre next week 30th April by presenting the impact report of their SDG Micro-Projects. They will then receive a Certificate of Achievement and officially be part of the Ban Ki-moon Centre Global Citizen Alumni Network. Congratulations to all our fellows. We hope you continue following your passions and collaborating with the Alumni Network.