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.

 

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.

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THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF WOMEN PEACEBUILDERS DURING COVID-19

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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:

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

Launch of the 2nd Year of “Global Citizens at Work”

The Ban Ki-moon Centre is excited to launch the second year of the “Global Citizens at Work” mentorship program in collaboration with the Muslim Youth of Austria🌎

The kick-off event was held online on April 16th with the selected young women mentees and their mentors. The session was moderated by Ban Ki-moon Centre Program Officer Julia Zimmerman and Melisa Boskovic from Muslim Youth of Austria detailed the process awaiting the young women. 21 mentors including Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Monika Froehler met their mentees for the first time.

This year the program will guide 21 young Muslim women in the framework of #SDG5 – Gender Equality; #SDG10 -Reduced Inequalities; #SDG17 – Partnerships for the Goals.

Pairing Austrian Muslim women with Austrian female professionals, we seek to foster interaction, build networks, and empower mentees to be active global citizen leaders in their respective fields:   #education#politics#internationalrelations#technicalfields#law#business,  #research.

The continuing mentoring sessions will currently be held online due to #covid19 🌐

Good luck to all our mentees and thank you to all our mentors!

Checking in with Aya Chebbi, The African Union Youth Envoy

The Ban Ki-moon Centre had an informative online session with the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and award-winning Pan-African feminist, Aya Chebbi, on Thursday, April 2.

 

The discussion was centered on the AU Youth Envoy´s amazing campaigns and projects in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic that she and her peers have put into action. (Check out https://auyouthenvoy.org/) Aya Chebbi emphasized that the young people of the African continent were working together and in synchronization in their fight against this difficult challenge.

 

Similar to the calls for solidarity from global leaders, she explained “The young generation is working on coordinated efforts and trying to reach every single person we can.” Mentioning the economic challenges of the situation, she underlined the importance of global response funds such as the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund, the one led by the World Health Organization and the donation of 1.5 million test kits made by the Jack Ma foundation to the continent of Africa. Much more is still needed!

 

Working with volunteers and young change-makers, the African Union Youth Envoy has initiated multiple programs to include, educate and mobilize all countries in the region. Aya stated that young people are following the situation closely, trying to be a part of the solution and coming up with remarkable initiatives and action plans.

 

A pioneering project, the Virtual AU Youth Consultations on COVID-19 for Youth Collective Response in collaboration with Africa CDC, is a series of virtual consultations, now completing its 10th round, convened 150 youth leaders from 40 countries, that allows groups of young people to meet online to discuss emotional and physical issues caused by the virus. During these sessions, the attendees are able to learn from each other, brainstorm and come up with action plans on how to tackle urgent problems. The project highlights cross-border cooperation. These enlightening consultations can be held by any person or institution interested. You can find more information and the registration process here.

 

Aya Chebbi also informed the BKMC on the launch of a new initiative called the African Youth Charter Hustlers, a youth-led Pan-African accountability movement, to engage African youths in continental, regional and country-level advocacy across the continent. For more information on youth policy makers you can click here.

 

Another response of the African Union Youth Envoy was to create hotlines for every country on the continent. Anyone who needs support can call these hotline numbers and reach out for the help they need.

 

The Union is leading many more inspiring projects on topics such as policy making, youth advocacy, women entrepreneurship and fundraising. Visit https://ayachebbi.com/ to follow this great initiative and get updates on African efforts and Aya Chebbi.

 

 

 

BKMC CEO Monika Froehler meets with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi

On February 18th, BKMC CEO Monika Froehler made an official visit to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna and met with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.


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During this meeting, CEO Monika Froehler and Program Officer Julia Zimmerman briefed IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi and his team on the works of BKMC and discussed potential avenues of cooperation, particularly related to education and the empowerment of women.
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Ban Ki-moon Centre receives the 3rd instalment of Kuwait’s donation

Today we welcomed Ambassador Sadiq Marafi, who also serves as the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s Board member, and Counsellor Abdullah Alobaidi of the Embassy of Kuwait in Vienna. The Kuwaiti delegation visited the Centre to convey the 3rd instalment of Kuwait’s donation to the Ban Ki-moon Centre.

Co-chair Heinz Fischer, CEO Monika Froehler, and COO Katrin Harvey expressed the Centre’s sincere appreciation for the Kuwaiti government and the Embassy’s continued support. The past and ongoing collaboration between the Centre and the Embassy was discussed during the meeting.

Co-chair Ban Ki-moon has a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

On February 12, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon had a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. During this occasion, they reviewed a number of issues of mutual concerns, and World Economic Forum President Børge Brende also joined the meeting.

Important agendas related to regional and international economic developments were discussed in addition to exploring opportunities for a partnership between the Kingdom and WEF in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

This was their second time meeting after they met for the first time at the UN Headquarters in New York while Co-chair Ban Ki-moon served as the UN Secretary-General, upon which occasion they discussed improving civilian protection in Yemen after a UN report briefly blacklisted a Saudi-led coalition for killing children.

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Ambassador Kairat Sarybay of the Embassy of Kazakhstan visits BKMC to discuss collaborative projects for the SDGs

Ambassador Kairat Sarybay of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Austria visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens on January 22nd to discuss the current and future cooperation between the Centre and Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is a country where one of the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s affiliated offices is located, and the Centre looks forward to intensifying its cooperation with the country and the overall Central Asia region.

The meeting with Ambassador Sarybay was participated by Co-chair Heinz Fischer, CEO Monika Froehler, COO Katrin Harvey, and Viola Christian and provided a fruitful opportunity to share concrete ideas for collaborative projects that foster the SDGs and Global Citizenship.