COVID-19 stands poised to cause a far-reaching economic depression and a tragically high number of deaths. Its impact will be felt in every corner of the world. To combat this historic threat, leaders must urgently put aside narrow nationalism and short-term, selfish considerations to work together in the common interest of all humanity.
We also urge global leaders, led by the U.N., to consider how to develop a global governance system that can cope more effectively with any pandemics that may occur in the future. They should recommit to the values of the U.N. Charter, and use other multi-lateral bodies—including the G-20, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank—to proactively support the world’s most vulnerable populations.
The BKMC will continue its mission towards the implementation of the SDGs, multilateralism, women, and youth empowerment and supporting education for global citizenship. The BKMC integrates particularly SDG 3 activities on health and well-being in its work and combines it with efforts mitigating COVID-19 effects on women empowerment, gender equality, and young people.
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‘We need to bridge Africa’s data gap to strengthen food, health and economic security, and overcome a predicted continent-wide recession’
Op-ed by Ban Ki-moon & Patrick Verkooijen
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
The International Security Dialogues on Gender Equality
During the online panel organized by ISCAN , CEO Monika Froehler discussed how gender equality makes peace and security measures more IDEAL.
UN75 Conversation: Rethinking Climate
Co-chair Ban spoke at an online dialogue “75 Minutes of Conversation: Rethinking Our Climate”, on the topic; “The Role of Universities in Combating Climate Change”.
Co-chairman Ban Ki-moon COVID-19 Response
‘The Ban Ki-moon Centre wants to thank all those incredibly brave people everywhere: health workers, doctors, nurses, care takers, police force, scientists, people working for keeping systems intact … simply all people who act responsibly and who selflessly help without endangering others.’ Ban Ki-moon
Co-chairman Heinz Fischer COVID-19 Response
Our Co-chair Heinz Fischer calls for worldwide solidarity in our fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic. Thanking everybody for their help and support, he reminds us no one must be left behind.
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Message of Solidarity to the African Union Youth Envoy
Co-chair Ban Ki-moon sent a message of solidarity during the COVID-19 crisis to AU Youth Envoy, Aya Chebbi. He thanked Ms Chebbi noting “Africa is a booming continent with the biggest young generation we have ever witnessed. The active engagement of young people will be vital to addressing this global crisis.”
The Safe Hands Challenge
Co-chair Ban Ki-moon shows how you should wash your hands, according to World Health Organization (WHO)‘s guideline.
Wash your hands regularly, often, and thoroughly to stay safe.
“Not only can business help shape Government commitments through its own strategies, but it can also help build a global consensus around mediation and adaptation,” — Ban Ki-Moon at the UN @globalcompact #LeadersSummit.
— UN Global Compact (@globalcompact) June 16, 2020