Opening Week of the Women’s Empowerment Programme Latin America (WEP)

On July 12, 2021, we launched the Women’s Empowerment Programme (WEP) Latin America, which brings together 20 young women changemakers from Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras and Peru. Cooperating with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Doha Declaration (UNODC) and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA)the fully virtual WEP will take place between July 2021 and March 2022. Thanks to the financial support of the State of Qatar, the selected young leaders were equipped with Global Citizen Fellowships to embark on this journey together with the BKMC. From July to September the GC Fellows will take part in an intensive leadership trainingpreparing them to implement an SDG Micro-Project in the months to come 

Orientation Session 

The initial orientation session of the WEP gave an overview of the training programme and provided the opportunity for the fellows to meet and get to know each other. They shared their inspiring backgrounds as young professionals in international and environmental affairs, the education and NGO sector, as well as being founders of their own initiatives.

SDGs, Global Citizenship, and SDG Micro-Projects: Turning Ideas into Action

On the 14th of July, CEO Monika Froehler introduced the mission and vision of the BKMC. The fellows subsequently voted on the strongest statements they would use to describe the concept of global citizenship and the relation between justice and the SDGs.   

Global Citizenship Education Expert d’Arcy Lunn then elaborated on how to turn ideas into action. After an inspiring session, the fellows felt more motivated to be changemakers for the SDGs. 

SDG Micro-Project Ideation Workshop

On the following day, the cohort got together for a workshop on SDG Micro-Project Ideation, facilitated by COO Katrin Harvey, Program Officer Viola Christian and Project Intern Anna Koessler. Split up into small teams, the fellows practiced their skills to spot a challenge, find a solution, and innovate an SDG Micro-Project.

With 10 weeks of intensive training ahead of them, the GC Fellows, now have a solid understanding on Global Citizenship, the SDGs and SDG Micro-Projects. We cannot wait to see what initiatives they will pursue as their very own SDG Micro-Projects.

Global Citizen Scholars Attend Bordeaux Summer School on “African Cities in 2030”

From May 31 – June 4, the 2021 cohort of BKMC Global Citizen Scholars (GC Scholars) attended an intensive 1-week summer school training on “African Cities in 2030” with the University of Bordeaux.

The training brought together a multi-disciplinary group of professors, young researchers, and practitioners to discuss challenges and opportunities related to creating sustainable cities and communities in Africa.

The challenges that were addressed by the training included: rapid urbanization within a context of limited economic growth, threats resulting from climate change, uncontrolled road traffic, and the expansion of polluting industries.

In addition to the lectures, the scholars were divided up into groups to work on specific challenges. 

GC Scholars Eedee-Bari Bawoh, David Aluga, and Bessy Thurania were assigned the role of a “government” addressing a “multilateral organization.”  In their case, they acted as the government of Kisumu City (Kenya) addressing the African Development Bank and presented a proposal for investing more in “Green Infrastructure and Spaces” in alignment with Kenya Vision 2030, the SDGs, and the African Green Growth Strategy. They proposed a multi-pronged solution including sensitizing and educating communities and leaders, planting trees, improving sanitation, and ensuring equitable and strategic distribution of green spaces.

GC Scholars Mercy Waweru, Gillian Ndlovu, and Tahirih Munji Kengne, were tasked with playing an “NGO” which was addressing the “Gates Foundation.” Their goal was to acquire funding for an initiative to provide garden sacks to improve nutrition and air quality in Bamako, Mali.

With the training as a foundation, the scholars will now seek to apply what they have learned to their own SDG Micro-Projects. Stay tuned for updates on our scholars and their projects!

Learn more about our scholars!

Learn more about the University of Bordeaux and its Summer Schools!

BKMC joined the #Y20 Working Meeting on Global Citizenship

On 28 July 2020, the Ban Ki-moon Centre along with UNICEF and Generation Unlimited  featured in a Y20 working meeting on global citizenship, speaking to 45 youth delegates, who represent the young generation of the G20 countries.

The Y20 Youth Summit is a youth-led event that convenes young leaders from all G20 countries to discuss and debate the G20 Leaders’ agenda. The Group of 20, also known as G20, is the premier forum for international economic cooperation and brings together the leaders of both developed and developing countries from every continent to discuss financial and socioeconomic issues.

In an effort to include the voices of civil society and the scientific community, the forum receives input from various engagement groups, who meet in tandem with the G20 and keep up a dialogue with policymakers.

Monika Froehler, CEO of the BKMC, was invited to provide input on the topic of Global Citizenship Education during the Y20 virtual working meeting on Global Citizenship. Froehler emphasized that “The principles of GCED should be interwoven into every level of education.” highlighting that “Only 7% of humankind knows about the SDGs”. Representatives from UNICEF stressed the urgency to invest in adolescents to bring about sustainable development and exemplified their work on youth engagement all around the world.

This year’s Y20 engagement group focuses on the areas of Future Fit, Youth Empowerment, and Global Citizens, digging into the topics of future skills, future of work, entrepreneurship, decision-making inclusion, leadership development, multiculturalism, and sustainable development.

With the newly acquired knowledge during the meeting, it is now up to the Y20 delegates to interweave lessons learned about Global Citizenship into their Y20 Communiqué, which will serve to inform G20 decision-makers at the summit in Fall 2020.

The First Expert Workshop for our Scholars is Complete!

The BKMC Global Citizen Scholars attended their very first “Expert Workshop” on Thursday, July 23rd. The scholars had the unique opportunity to discuss funding opportunities with expert Katharina Meder, Deputy Head of Program for Water and Energy for Food at the GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation).

During the online workshop, Katharina gave a brief overview of the GIZ and the four different funding options that the company offers: service contracts, public-private partnerships, calls for solutions, and grants/financing contracts for non-profits. She also elaborated on the different processes for applying and receiving these grants.

 

Additionally, she spent time sharing examples of projects that the GIZ funds, particularly for Water and Energy for Food.

Following her presentation, the scholars were able to ask questions and get feedback about their individually proposed SDG Micro-Projects. For many of the scholars, the topic of Water and Energy for Food is very relevant for their projects which deal with sustainable agriculture and wastewater management.

The BKMC is grateful to Katharina for taking the time to share her expertise and insights with our young changemakers! Learn more about our scholars and scholarship program here.

Kick-Off Event Hosted with Bildungsdirektion


The year 2020 marks the beginning of an impactful cooperation between the Bildungsdirektion Wien and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, working towards the implementation of the SDGs into Viennese Schools.

The jointly organized kick-off event that took place on June 18th, 2020 saw the participation of over 80 teachers and directors from the majority of primary and secondary schools in Vienna.

The event, moderated by CEO Monika Froehler, introduced the participants to the SDGs and created room for discussions about the challenges of and opportunities for integrating the 17 global goals into school curricula. The education director in Vienna, Heinrich Himmer, as well as Ban Ki-moon Centre co-chairman Heinz Fischer both highlighted the importance of education for the SDGs and the crucial role of young people in achieving the 2030 Agenda.

During the presentation, a mentimeter survey collected opinions and thoughts of the participants. This way it became evident that cooperation, teacher workshops and student projects were needed to fully introduce the SDGs to every primary and secondary school in Vienna.

 

In the breakout rooms, the participants were able to discuss their experiences with the SDGs and share ideas about a successful implementation of the agenda into existing curricula. Ideas for the integration of the SDGs included city-wide competitions on the SDGs, workshops for teachers, expert groups in schools, inclusion in textbooks and student project days.

The pedagogical director Ulrike Mangl gave concluding remarks and pointed to the BildungsHub Vienna, which will actively start promoting the SDGs in its facilities as of fall 2020.

An SDG marketplace with materials and experts is envisaged to take place at the BildungsHub at the beginning of the winter semester this year.

As a result of the kick-off event and the inquired SDG materials, the Ban Ki-moon Centre will soon publish a resource page for Austria and abroad.

Stay tuned to learn more about Vienna’s progress in integrating the SDGs into primary and secondary school programs.

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

© 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: : 

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, highlighting 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!