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.

BKMC CEO Froehler and COO Harvey meet with the Korean Embassy to brief on the plans for 2020

Today, BKMC CEO Monika Froehler and COO Katrin Harvey had a fruitful meeting with Deputy Ambassador Yongsoo Lee, Counselor Eun Ju Park & First Secretary Ah-young Kim from the Embassy of Korea in Vienna.
 
During the meeting, Froehler introduced our new COO Katrin Harvey to the Korean delegation and updated them on the work of the Ban Ki-moon Centre and its upcoming events and plans for 2020. They also discussed on the topic of the Korean government’s various efforts in developing its ODA and global citizenship programs.
 
The Korean Embassy and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens have been building a close relationship, as last year the Korean government was one of the major donors for the Centre and as Ambassador Shin Chae-hyun sits on the Centre’s Board.

CEO Monika Froehler holds a meeting with Ambassador Prakash Kumar Suvedi of India

Yesterday, Ambassador Prakash Kumar Suvedi of the Embassy of Nepal to Austria visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

In his meeting with CEO Monika Froehler, Ambassador Suvedi was briefed on the work of the Centre. Then they talked about the challenges and pressures existing in Nepal, including the climate issues, natural hazards and issues with a good number of qualified workers leaving the country. Ambassador Suvedi also introduced SAGARMATHA SAMBAAD, a permanent global dialogue forum initiated by the Government of Nepal.

BKMC gives feedback to the 2020 RAUN researchers on their paper on SDG 11

Today, prior to the 2020 RAUN Conference “Environmental and Socioeconomic Sustainability: How to Create Lasting Impacts” which will take place on January 15-16th, a group of researchers from the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre to present their paper on the topic of SDG11 and best-practices. BKMC CEO Monika Froehler, COO Katrin Harvey, and Officer Jessie Basch participated in the meeting to give them feedback.

Eva-Maria, Jakub and Christopher worked out a set of recommendations for project managers and policymakers to best implement sustainable city projects and SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This research group will make a presentation on a panel “Innovations for Sustainable Development” chaired by CEO Froehler on January 16th.

RAUN trains young scholars in issues related to the United Nations and international cooperation. RAUN’s aim is to provide participants with in-depth knowledge about the #UN and its functions, to raise their cultural awareness and openness, and to offer a forum for networking and academic exchange.

Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and CEO Monika Froehler visit Dubai Cares and meet with the staff

On January 9th, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and CEO Monika Froehler visited Dubai Cares founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who serves as Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Dubai Cares plays a key role in helping achieve SDG4, by supporting programs in early childhood development, access to quality primary and secondary education, technical and vocational education and training for youth as well as a particular focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises.

At the Dubai Cares office, Co-chair Ban and CEO Froehler met with the staff and had an informative meeting with CEO Tariq Al Gurg. They were also briefed on the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) that combines under its umbrella over 30 humanitarian and developmental initiatives and entities, most of which have been launched and supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Learn more about these two organizations:
http://www.dubaicares.ae/en
https://www.almaktouminitiatives.org/en

Ban Ki-moon visits GEMS schools in Dubai to meet with the students

Today, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, Madam Yoo Soon-taek and CEO Monika Froehler visited GEMS schools in Dubai to learn their educational system and meet with the students. The schools that they visited include the GEMS Dubai American Academy and the GEMS Wellington International School where lots of innovative and creative ideas are shared.

Meeting with the students, who warmly welcomed him, Co-chair Ban encouraged the aspiring leaders to be global citizens and stressed the importance of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Learn more about the GEMS Education: https://www.gemseducation.com/

The Ban Ki-moon Centre’s leaders meet with the leaders of the GEMS Education and educators in Dubai

BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, Madam Yoo Soon-taek, BKMC Board Member Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO, and CEO Monika Froehler met with the leaders of GEMS Education and experts in education in Dubai on January 8th-9th.

From the left to the right are Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education, Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO, BKMC Board member, Sunny Varkey, Chairman of GEMS Education and Founder of Varkey Foundation, Ban Ki-moon, Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Shanta Retnasingam, Special Advisor to the Chairman of GEMS Education, and Monika Froehler, CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

The meeting on the 8th was hosted by Mr. Dino Varkey included:

  • Dr. Siva Kumari, 7th Director General of the International Baccalaureate
  • Dr. Saima Rana, Principal of Westminster Academy
  • Mr. Shantha Retnasingam, Special Advisor to Founder of the Varkey Foundation & GEMS Education
  • Mr. Christopher Stone, Global Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education
  • Mr. David Fitzgerald, Vice President of Education, GEMS Education

On the next day, Chairman Sunny Varkey hosted another meeting with the BKMC leaders, which was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, together with the leaders of the GEMS Education. They talked about the current political affairs and the education system in the region and the contributions made by the GEMS Education.