The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is a Quasi-International Organization based in Vienna, Austria. The Centre was established in January 2018 and is co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the UN (2007 – 2016) and by Heinz Fischer, 11th President of the Republic of Austria (2004 – 2016). The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an independent nonprofit organization under Austrian law. 

Heinz Fischer

11th President
of the Republic of Austria

Ban Ki-moon

8th Secretary-General
of the United Nations


Heinz Fischer was born on 9 October 1938 in Austria.


Ban Ki-moon was born in 1944 in South Korea.


Before becoming Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations.


Heinz Fischer became Executive Chairman of the Social Democratic Party in the Austrian Parliament until 1983.


In 1980 Mr. Ban became Director of the United Nations’ International Organizations and Treaties Bureau, headquartered in Seoul.


Heinz Fischer served as Minister of Science of the Republic of Austria until 1987.


Heinz Fischer served as President of the National Council of Austria until 2002.


Ban Ki-moon was appointed Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia in 1998, and a year later he was also elected as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom).


Heinz Fischer took office as 11th State President of the Republic of Austria on 8 July 2004 In January 2004. He was elected on 25 April 2004 as the candidate of the Social Democratic Party.


Ban Ki-moon became Foreign Minister of South Korea.


Mr. Ban Ki-moon became the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Mr. Ban held office from on 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016.


In April 2010, Heinz Fischer was re-elected as Federal President of Austria, winning a second six-year term in office with almost 79% of the votes and served until 2016.


In 2015 countries adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved until 2030 and to leave no one behind.


In October 2016 Heinz Fischer was appointed chairman of the Advisory Council for the Commemorative Year 2018 as well as being named guest professor at the University of Innsbruck.


Ban Ki-moon ended his tenure as UN Secretary-General.


Ban Ki-moon was elected to be Chair of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee. Mr. Ban joined the Group of Elders and the Club de Madrid and was recognized as honorary Professor at Yonsei University.


Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer founded the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna focussing within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals on empowering women and the youth.


3 January – Inauguration of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna.