The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an independent, non-profit organization in Vienna. It is co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and by Dr. Heinz Fischer, former President of the Republic of Austria. The Centre has affiliated offices in the Republic of Korea and tentatively in Kuwait.
Global citizenship is a continuously evolving concept and mindset that actively supports notions and activities that benefit humankind, in accordance with the Principles of the Charter of the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Global Citizenship focuses on the unifying rather than the dividing elements between peoples.
A global citizen is someone who self-identifies first and foremost not as a member of a State, a tribe or a nation, but instead as a member of the human race, looking beyond the narrow scope of national or personal interests. Global citizens support peaceful solutions to today´s global challenges.
The Centre will use its independence, expertise and network to work for peace, poverty eradication, empowerment of youth and women, justice and human rights worldwide. Working both publicly and through informal diplomacy, the Centre will engage with leaders, youth, academia, international organizations and civil society at all levels to resolve crisis and conflicts and address some root causes hindering the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens works within the framework of the SDGs particularly for women and young people focusing on the following key areas for the first years:
- Leadership and mediation for promoting peace;
- Advocacy to empower women and the youth; and
- Education for global citizens.
As a newly established non-profit, quasi-international-organization, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens has started to work on projects since its inauguration. Currently the Centre is solely funded by contributions from the government of Austrian, the government of Kuwait, and the Alexander Bodini Foundation and operates within the margins of suggestions by the last Advisory Board meeting in Pyeongchang in Feburary 2018.
Some donors, including the South Korean government, have pledged funds to support the Centre´s work in the future.
Below projects are initial plans the Centre offers prior to receiving the sufficient fund.
Project Cluster I – Concretizing the Blue Print for Action
Refining the Blue Print for Action on Global Citizenship by producing publications, drawing on lessons from the Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum in Seoul (6-7 February 2018) and the engagements at Alpbach Forum in August in Austria (25-28 August 2018).
Project Cluster II – Instilling High-level Leadership for Peace
Conducting Ban Ki-moon Centre “leadership interventions” inter alia on Road Safety in East Africa with FIA; assisting in the build-up of a Women Mediators’ Network in Asia and raising awareness for Education in Emergencies with the NGO Global Citizens.
Project Cluster III – Educating & Empowering Youth and Women
Continuing the creation online courses on global citizenship (see Coursera course on SDGs); providing scholarships for female refugees together with partner organizations such as Rotary and IOC and others, and furthering the global citizenship education agenda by hosting specific workshops on political engagement with UNESCO.
Project Cluster IV – Catalyzing advocacy through development of a new SDG composite index
Creating a new composite SDG index, compatible with Jeffrey Sachs´ SDSN, the Bertelsmannstiftung and Yonsei University research, specifically focusing on the Asian region etc.