BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote speech at the GCF Private Investment for Climate Conference

As the Chair of the Council of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Co-chair Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote speech at the Green Climate Fund Private Investment for Climate Conference that kicked-off on October 7th and lasted until October 9th in Incheon, the Republic of Korea.

If we delay action today, we’ll have to pay much a dearer price tomorrow. Let us show the world that we can work and thrive together to make this planet better and sustainable. — Ban Ki-moon

The GCF Private Investment for Climate Conference (“GPIC”) is a global marketplace and ecosystem where leading private sector actors including project sponsors, institutional investors, financial institutions, climate leaders, and the public sector come together to accelerate climate action in developing countries.

This year’s GCF Private Investment for Climate Conference, focusing exclusively on the private sector gathered more than 600 participants from over 100 countries. 

On the second day of the GPIC, under the theme of Mobilizing Institutional Investors and the Global Finance Sector for Climate, Co-chair Ban said, 

The private sector manages more than $210 trillion in assets but invests less than 5% in climate finance. The climate crisis is too big, too serious, too urgent to use the resources of public institutions alone. 

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the world’s largest dedicated fund helping developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their ability to respond to climate change. GCF has a crucial role in serving the Paris Agreement, supporting the goal of keeping average global temperature rise well below 2°C. We do so by channelling climate finance to developing countries and mobilizing private sector capital at scale.

GCF’s decision to hold this second annual private sector-focused forum reflects the Fund’s recognition that investments by businesses and other financial actors needs to be greatly increased if the world is to effectively deal with warming global temperatures.

The conference offers a unique opportunity to chart ways for institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and insurance companies, to tap GCF finances to expand emerging markets of low-emission and climate resilient growth.

GCF’s Private Investment for Climate Conference helped further drive the momentum of increasing private sector engagement in tackling the climate challenge which was a marked feature of the UN summit.

Source: Green Climate Fund


Ban Ki-moon Calls for Urgent Action on Climate Adaptation together with Bill Gates and Kristalina Georgieva

On September 11th, as a leader of the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) along with Bill Gates, the Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon called on global leaders and experts from both government and business sectors to take urgent action to innovate and advance climate adaptation solutions.

The commission launched its report on “Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience” in Beijing, China.

“Climate change doesn’t respect borders: it’s an international problem that can only be solved with co-operation and collaboration, across borders and worldwide,” – Ban Ki-moon

Ban also said,

“It is becoming increasingly clear that in many parts of the world, our climate has already changed, and we need to adapt with it. Mitigation and adaptation go hand-in-hand as two equally important building blocks of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Adaptation is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do to boost economic growth and create a climate resilient world.”

According to the Global Commission on Adaptation report, investing $1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five areas of climate adaptation could yield $7.1 trillion in net benefits. This would be the only means left to avert climate apartheid, where the rich escape the effects and the poor do not, but this investment is far smaller than the eventual cost of doing nothing.

“People everywhere are experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change. Those most impacted are the millions of smallholder farmers and their families in developing countries, who are struggling with poverty and hunger due to low crop yields caused by extreme changes in temperature and rainfall. With greater support for innovation, we can unlock new opportunities and spur change across the global ecosystem. Adaptation is an urgent issue that needs support from governments and businesses to ensure those most at risk have the opportunity to thrive,” said Gates.

Ban expressed his concern about “lack of vision of political leaders,” criticizing that “they are much more interested in getting elected and re-elected, and climate issues are not in their priorities.”

“It’s true that many governments have been paying more to invest in mitigation, trying to reduce greenhouse emissions. But it’s equally important that we do more, if not more, equally on adaptation. If we invest one dollar today on adaptation, particularly on infrastructure resilient to climate, we can expect at least four dollars return,” said Ban.

On the margins of the GCA launch event, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon had a bilateral meeting with Minister Li Ganjie of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China.

Minister Li said that China has implemented a national strategy to actively respond to climate change.

“As we try our best to carry out mitigation actions, we have constantly strengthened our adaptation ability, such as issuing national strategies and making them as long-term plan. Infrastructure construction and other projects like forestry, agriculture, marine areas will take climate change into account,” he said.

Ban said,

“Mitigation and adaptation go hand-in-hand as two equally important building blocks of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Adaptation is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do to boost economic growth and create a climate resilient world.”

Read more about the GCA report here, and watch Ban Ki-moon’s interview on CGTN.







Co-chair Heinz Fischer and CEO Monika Froehler feature the “Meet SDGs” High-End Forum No. 7

Today, Co-chair Heinz Fischer and CEO Monika Froehler featured at the “Meet SDGs” High-End Forum No. 7 taken place at the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) at Tsinghua University.

As the 11th Federal President of Austria and the President of the Austrian-Chinese Association, Fischer shared with the audience the best practices of SDG Implementation in Europe and how China could advance the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in a localized context.

Together with Co-chair Fischer, CEO Froehler also answered the questions asked by representatives from various youth organizations, including Youth for CTBT and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Youth.

The opening was chaired by Professor & Associate Dean Zhu Xufeng of SPPM, who also serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals at Tsinghua University (TUSDG) that hosted this event.

Co-director Wu Hongbo of TUSDG, who served as an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, delivered an opening remark, followed by Co-chair Fischer’s appointment ceremony as a member of the International Advisory Committee for the TUSDG.

Ban Ki-moon visits the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea to pay tribute to fallen soldiers

Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens Ban Ki-moon visited the “United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea” in Busan, South Korea and paid tribute to fallen soldiers on August 11th. This cemetery is the final resting place of the fallen UN soldiers and war veterans who fought in defense of peace and freedom following the outbreak of the Korean War.

Hearing that South Korea had been invaded by North Korea on June 25th, 1950, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring the invasion as an act of provocation that threatened international peace and security and demanded that the North immediately withdraw its forces. Furthermore, the Council asked the member nations of the General Assembly for assistance for South Korea.

General Douglas MacArthur became the Chief Commander of the UN Forces in South Korea and the decision to dispatch UN Forces was reached. Combat units and medical units provided by 21 nations under the UN flag came under the leadership of General MacArthur.

The Korean War was a war that free nations banded together under the UN flag and successfully fought off the aggressors to preserve international peace. A symbolic area in the Cemetery always flies high the 21 nations’ national flags and the UN flag for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Visit UNMCK: http://www.unmck.or.kr

Statement by the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens on the Passing of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens team would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano upon hearing the sad news of his passing on July 22nd, 2019.

Director General Amano was a truly dedicated global leader who largely contributed to the security, prosperity, and peace in our global society. Serving in his position at the IAEA for three terms, he has helped the organization advance in nuclear applications, energy, and technology and prevent further proliferation of nuclear weapons.

His endeavors for world peace have been globally recognized and appreciated. He has been respected as a leader, effective diplomat, and a man with a great heart. On this occasion, we grieve with everyone who knows him and who has followed his footsteps across the globe. He will be remembered with his outstanding achievements, and his legacy will continue with the next generations.

With deepest sympathy,

© UN Photo Mark Garten

UNESCO Publication on “Teaching Learning Transformative Engagement”

In recent years, we have seen young learners taking action to influence local, national or global communities on a range of issues, from gun violence in school to climate change. At the same time, other young learners have expressed a wish to contribute to transformative processes but expressed their lack of knowledge and know-how to do so. This situation underlines the urgency of understanding different forms of transformative engagement undertaken by young learners, especially in relation to the role of education.

Building on Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on Education, UNESCO supports Member States in taking forward Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), to empower learners to assume active, responsible and effective roles to tackle challenges at local, national and global levels.

While there is a large body of literature on citizenship and civic education, there is less clarity about the meaning of ‘responsible transformative engagement’ for young learners in relation to GCED and ESD – notably, the types of transformative engagement and the meaning of ‘responsible’. Understanding better the connection between learners’ engagement and education can clarify the knowledge, skills and competencies that schools may provide, as well as how the role of education can vary depending on context. In this light, this paper explores the meaning of ‘responsible transformative engagement’ with a view to clarifying the role of education in ways that may be reflected by UNESCO and other education stakeholders.

This document was produced with inputs from the rich discussions among participants at the Experts’ Meeting on ‘Teaching and learning responsible transformative engagement’ organised by UNESCO in partnership with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), held on 16-17 February 2019 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Read more: Teaching Learning Transformative Engagement

2nd GEEF Preparatory Meeting Held at Yonsei University in Seoul

Last week, the Ban Ki-moon Centre hosted the second GEEF Preparatory Meeting in Seoul at Yonsei University. The Centre’s partners at the Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE) helped in preparing the meeting and led the discussions on the upcoming Forum.

GEEF 2020 will take place on February 26-27, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. This year’s theme for the Forum will be “Planet and Partnership.”

The meeting at Yonsei brought together members of the Ban Ki-moon Centre, including Board member Ambassador Kim Won-soo along with the team at IGEE and a representative of the Yeosijae Future Consensus Institute in South Korea. Additionally, Al-Farabi University in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Bordeaux University in France joined remotely for the discussions.

During the meeting, the attendees discussed the proposed panel sessions as well as upcoming steps in organizing the Forum.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre looks forward to contributing meaningful sessions to the Forum and to engaging youth and women for the SDGs!


The First Regional Preparatory Meeting for the GEEF 2020 Took Place at the Margins of the Astana Economic Forum

Last week, the Ban Ki-moon Centre hosted the first of four Regional Preparatory Meetings for its yearly landmark forum, the Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum (GEEF). The meeting was hosted in Nur-Sultan (formally Astana), Kazakhstan at the margins of the Astana Economic Forum.

The main Co-hosts of the GEEF are Yonsei University and its Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE) in South Korea and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. The Preparatory Meeting brought together members of Yonsei, IGEE, and other affiliated universities and academic institutions to discuss the theme of the upcoming GEEF 2020 and next steps.

In addition to the Ban Ki-moon Centre and YonseiUniversity/IGEE, other participants included:


In addition to the Preparatory Meeting, the Ban Ki-moon Centre also participated in the 12th Astana Economic Forum on May 16-17. Board member Ambassador Kim Won-soo featured in an event with the International Advisory Board on Digitization in Kazakhstan where he spoke with the current Prime Minister and emphasized the importance of inclusion and, “bridging the digital divide.”


On the second day of the Forum, Centre CEO Monika Froehler featured as a key speaker at the G-Global Strategic Session on facing global challenges. Froehler underlined why it is important to include youth and women in building a sustainable future for us all as, “they are the future!”

The Ban Ki-moon Centre looks forward to hosting the next GEEF Preparatory meeting in South Korea next month!

To learn more about the GEEF, visit the site of IGEE, http://igee.yonsei.ac.kr/igee_en_new/index.do 

To learn more about the Astana Economic Forum, visit https://astanaeconomicforum.org/en/page_id=18

Mentorship Program for Young Muslim Austrian Women in Cooperation with Muslim Youth Austria (MJÖ)

On January 16th, the Ban Ki-moon Centre met with members of Muslim Youth Austria (MJÖ), Melisa Boskovic and Nesrin El-Isa, to discuss an upcoming joint project for the empowerment of young Muslim Austrian women.


Together, the Ban Ki-moon Centre and MJÖ are collaborating on a mentorship program which will be launched in March this year.


Forming personal relationships with established women working in Austria can be especially useful to women coming from a background where they may face discrimination, both in the workplace and in daily life. By pairing young Muslim Austrian women (mentees) with Austrian and international female partners (mentors), the mentorship program will offer the valuable chance to foster interaction, build networks, and to learn from experienced working women in Austria. This will help mentees to grow professionally and personally and will empower them to achieve success in their own careers.


The Ban Ki-moon Centre is supporting the project by helping with the planning, providing mentors, hosting a launch event, and facilitating workshops throughout the period of mentoring.

The theme of the mentorship program is “Global Citizens at Work” and will emphasize the importance a maintaining a global perspective both as a worker and as a citizen of the world. In addition to mentoring sessions, the pairs will be encouraged to complete one small project/activity together during the period of mentorship that fits into the framework of “Global Citizenship.”

For more information on the mentoring program, please follow the link to the website of Muslim Youth Austria below.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!


Ban Ki-moon Sends his Condolences for the Passing of Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, together with its Co-Chairs Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer and its Board Members send their condolences to the Bush family on the occasion of the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. In a letter to his son, former U.S. President George W. Bush, Ban Ki-moon wrote:

“The late President was a true statesman, humanitarian, and a devoted public servant. The world is forever indebted to his leadership and diplomatic acumen for safely navigating through the tumultuous collapse of the Soviet Union, bringing the end to the Cold War and guided it into a new era of freedom, peace, and prosperity. Out of the White House, his continued public service in places such as tsunami-hit Thailand inspired many around the world.”


“I will never forget the first encounter with him in the Oval Office back in 1990. As a Korean diplomat accompanying the foreign minister at the time, I was touched by his genuine care for the US-Korea alliance and its future. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I cherish the memory of speaking with him and First Lady Barbara Bush on the occasion of delivering an address to a kind-hearted audience at the Bush Presidential Library, Texas in 2008.”

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