Women Mediator’s Networks Meeting in Oslo: Connecting for Inclusive Peace-Making

This past March 2018, the CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre Monika Froehler participated in the inaugural meeting of regional women mediators’ networks in Oslo, Norway. The gathering brought together members from the already established womens’ networks, including the Nordic Women Mediators Network (est. 2015), FemWise-Africa (est. 2017), and the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (est. 2017). They were joined by representatives from the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation and UN entities including the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Department of Political Affairs and UN Women. In addition, representatives from the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as members of the Commonwealth Secretariat, civil society and academia, took part in the meeting to discuss the vital role of women in peace processes. 17 years have passed since the adaption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Since its adaption, the positive and decisive role played by women in peace processes has been widely acknowledged by the international community. The inclusion of women has been shown to be crucial, not only in matters of women’s rights, but also to improve operational effectiveness, build resilience, prevent and resolve conflicts, and to sustain peace. Despite this widespread knowledge supported by evidence and robust research, women remain drastically underrepresented in peace and security talks. The gathering discussed ways to increase the representation of women in peace and security processes. The Nordic Women Mediators Network hosted the meeting along with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF), and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, UN Under-Secretary-General Ana Maria Menendez, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, and former UN Under-Secretarty-General Noeleen Heyzer, all spoke at the event. All attendees agreed to continue working together to promote the inclusion of women in peace processes by seeking-out synergies and looking into the option of creating a global network of women mediators. As a first step towards the goal of creating an alliance of regional women mediator networks, an initial contact group was formed.
Summarizing the goals and aspirations of the group, the Norwegian Foreign Minister Søreide stated, “It is my hope that this initiative will contribute to progress in this field, and that the next reports of the Secretary-General on women, peace and security will show an increase in women’s participation in mediation, and an increase in women’s influence in peace processes.”

Ban Ki-moon Elected Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA)

This week Former United Nations Secretary-General and Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, was elected chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), replacing former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. The Boao Forum is often referred to as the “Davos” of Asia. Founded in 2001, the Boao Forum for Asia is a non-profit organisation and non-governmental organisation that hosts high-level forums for leaders from government, business and academia in Asia and other continents to share their vision on the most pressing issues in this dynamic region and the world at large. It is committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries closer to their development goals. During the BFA Board of Directors meeting the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong was appointed BFA Secretary-General. The theme of this year’s BFA conference, which runs from April 8 to 11 in Boao, a town in the southern island province of Hainan, is “An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity.” Find more information on their website: http://english.boaoforum.org  At this year´s Boao Forum for Asia the Republic of Austria was represented by a delegation of more than 250 governmental officials and entrepreneurs led by the Federal President of the Republic of Autria, H.E. Alexander Van der Bellen and the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, H.E. Sebastian Kurz. Photo: Giles Clarke
“Let´s join together to  find common solutions for common challenges and new solutions for new challenges” – said H.E. Alexander Van der Bellen during his speech at the Boao Forum for Asia earlier this week.

International Women’s Day 2018

March 8th is the International Women’s Day (IWD), a day to celebrate and empower women by reflecting on progress made in education, economics, politics, business, and many other aspects of society and calling for more changes to take a bigger step closer to gender parity. The Ban Ki-moon Centre works for empowering women as global citizens within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Women hold up more than half the sky and represent much of the world’s unrealized potential. They are the educators. They raise the children. They hold families together and increasingly drive economies. They are natural leaders. We need their full engagement … in government, business and civil society,” said former UNSG Ban Ki-moon.
Though there have been significant improvements achieved, unequal treatments and norms against women in different places still continue to exist. Such restrictions emasculate women, and it requires efforts from all people regardless of their gender and synergy from varied organizations, institutes, governments, and media to make further changes. It is not solely women’s or a single entity’s responsibility to make a progress, but everyone’s as a world-renowned feminist journalist and social and political activist
Gloria Steinem points out, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
Following the #PressforProgress campaign by the IWD, Women at the UN – Accountability Buddy Network (WUNABN) hosted a conference in Vienna, Austria today to actively engage women in exchanging their experiences of achieving gender parity and to give out practical know-hows on job applications, interviews, and how to find the right path in their career plan. Find more information on their website: https://wunabn.org/womens-day-2018/conference The IWD thus brings everyone, every entity, and every country together to celebrate the day and to make a progress from individual level to governmental and from local level to global. As the world has witnessed empowerment being contagious with butterfly effect for the past century, one can hope that soon the IWD will be celebrated with reflections on achievements without any need for a call to action. Watch the UN Women’s inspirational video on International Women’s Day 2018: “The Time is Now” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXCnHvQzoOU Source: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ Photo: UN Photo by Ky Chung

Online course with Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer on the SDGs

Our co-chairmen Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer teach an online course on Coursera, and now registered students can access the videos and readings. Anyone from any part of the world interested in familiarizing themselves with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development is invited to take the lectures. Throughout 7 weeks, students will be directed to learn about the SDGs through five foundations: people. planet, prosperity, peace & partnership, and youth & SDG implementation. These interconnected foundations then will lead students to tackle problems and encourage them to make changes and take part in integrating the SDGs in all countries.
Following the introductory session for the 17 goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, every week there are 8 to 13 lecture videos along with 5 to 8 readings to complete. Weekly quizzes and the final project will be graded if one decides to take the course whereas auditing the course is also an option. Check out the course on Coursera and register now. https://www.coursera.org/learn/sustainable-development-ban-ki-moon Photo: Porapak Apickodilok  

Ban Ki-moon was elected president and chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Ban Ki-moon was elected President and Chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) which is dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies.  Ban Ki-moon will begin his two-year term in office as GGGI’s President and Chair on February 20, 2018, taking over from H.E. Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, who undertook his duties as Acting President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council in July 2017. Continue reading “Ban Ki-moon was elected president and chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)”

Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna

Co-Chair Heinz Fischer welcomed the former German President Joachim Gauck (President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 2012 – 2016) at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. Joachim Gauck visited the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens as part of his program in Vienna, after he delivered a speech on the topic of democracy at the University of Vienna, to which Heinz Fischer contributed an introductory speech. While visiting the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens former President Joachim Gauck underlined the importance of the Centre´s mission and congratulated Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer on their initiative in the international city of Vienna. Photo: Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Inauguration of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is inaugurated on 03.01.2018 in Vienna at the Austrian Federal Chancellery under the auspices of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Direct link to video here.  

Live from the Austrian Bundeskanzleramt: Inauguration of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Wednesday, January 3, 2018