On September 29, 2020 Ban Ki-moon Centre Co-chair, Ban Ki-moon contributed to the Bahrain Visions Forum taking place on the sidelines of the virtual United Nations General Assembly. 

The event was co-hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain and the World Health Organization (WHO) and focused on the Sustainable Development Goals Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Young voices from Bahrain introduced the high-level forum calling for action on the SDGs:

Following opening remarks by Bahrain’s Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani and H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, the event included high-level speeches and messages by

  • Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Audrey Azouley, Director General of UNESCO
  • Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nobel laureate

Co-chair Ban Ki-moon contributed his remarks in a video message,  emphasizing that particularly during times of COVID-19, it is essential to “empower and include the voices of women and youth”.

Pointing to the fact that young people and women comprise at least 75% of the world’s population, Ban Ki-moon stressed that more must be done to engage these two groups as they are enablers to achieve sustainable development.

Watch the full event here: