Ban emphasizes the importance of leadership in ahiceving the SDGs at the WGS 2019

On February 10th during the World Government Summit 2019 held in Dubai, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon spoke about the importance of the leadership of national and international leaders and the governments

“in the formulation of policies that can lead to achieve the UN SDGs.”

As President of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Ban featured at the “High-Level Panel on the Implementation of the SDGs” which was moderated by Catherine Cheney, Senior Reporter for Devex, and consisted of

  • Henry Puna, Prime Minister, Cook Islands
  • María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the UN General Assembly
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, World Bank Group
  • Ban Ki-Moon, 8th UN Secretary General

Ban also spoke at the Climate Change Forum to discuss the impact of climate change on human health.

The participants included:

  • Gina McCarthy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Adnan Amin, Director General, IRENA
  • Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council in France
  • Luis de Alba, UNSG Special Envoy for 2019 Climate Summit

Visits of international delegates to the Centre

Since the new year 2019 begun, the Centre has welcomed a number of delegates from different countries and entities. On January 30th, Ambassador Dmitry E. Lyubinskiy of the Russian Embassy in Vienna visited the Centre to have a meeting with Co-chair Heinz Fischer.

On the following day, Ambassador Leena Alhadid and Third Secretary Sami Samawi of the Jordanian Embassy in Vienna visited the Centre for a meeting with BKMC CEO Monika Froehler.

On February 1st, former Chancellor of Austria Wolfgang Schüssel visited the Centre to discuss about youth empowerment with Co-chair Heinz Fischer and CEO Monika Froehler.

On the same day, Director Sybille Straubinger of Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) also came to the Centre to discuss the importance of international cooperation through mutual communications and exchanges.


BKMC Co-chair Heinz Fischer gives a keynote at the Global Risk Report

On January 28th at the presentation of the Global Risks Report in Vienna, Austria, Co-chair Heinz Fischer shared his perceptions of global risks. Ending his speech on a positive note, he highlighted the need to remain optimistic and the exceptional ability of humanity to find solutions for the most complex difficulties around the world.

The 14th edition of the Global Risks Report, prepared by the World Economic Forum with the support of Marsh & McLennan Companies and other partners, examines the evolving macro-level risk landscape and highlights major threats that may disrupt the world in 2019 and over the next decade.

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Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens awards the best RAUN student

On January 25, the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) celebrated its graduation ceremony during the 2019 RAUN Conference held at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria. BKMC CEO Monika Froehler delivered a speech to encourage the graduates to be global citizens:

“Do not underestimate the power of your network!”

Froehler stressed the importance of network and encouraged all graduates to stay connected to help each other and create synergy in achieving each of their goals.

Having its title as “Innovations for #Development,” the conference covered discussions about moving towards sustainable, inclusive, and peaceful societies. At the end of the conference, the Centre awarded Ms. Jelena Cerar with a certificate “Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen RAUN Best Student of the Year 2018-2019” as well as conferring completion certificates to all graduates.


Co-chair Heinz Fischer speaks about “Innovative Business Cases for a Sustainable Future”

In cooperation with AG Globale VerantwortungGlobal Compact Network Austria, and the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO), the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens co-organized an open dialogue event “Innovative Business Cases for a Sustainable Future” at the WKO in Vienna, Austria on January 23rd.

Following the opening remark of Vice President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller of WKO, BKMC Co-chair Heinz Fischer delivered a keynote, emphasizing the importance of the cooperation in achieving the SDGs.

“When we commit ourselves to implementing the SDGs, we make a significant contribution to effectively and sustainably fighting these risks,” said Fischer.

The discussion was moderated by Annelies Vilim from Globale Verantwortung, and the panel consisted of:

  • Elisabeth Tocca, Founder and Managing Director of CORA Happywear
  • Christine Fasching, Head of Sales, Umdasch Group Ventures GmbH, NewCon
  • Irene Janisch, Managing Director at OECD and Sustainability & Project Manager of SDG Business Forum at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs
  • Markus Haas, Head of the International Project Network, WKO Austria

The audience also actively participated in the discussion, and three best practices of Austrian enterprises were presented with the story walls.

Read more about the event in German:

Photo: Daniel Weber, AG Globale Verantwortung

Global Leaders Call to Accelerate Adaptation at the WEF 2019

On January 23rd during the World Economic Forum 2019 in Davos, Switzerland, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, CEO Kristalina Georgieva of the World Bank, and Co-chair Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the leaders of the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), met with global leaders to discuss global solutions to respond to growing consequences of climate change that needs adaptation.

“Adaptation must move into the mainstream of policy-making, business strategies and development planning. Through these efforts, the world can advance dynamic solutions that will reduce risk and bring economic opportunities for more people. We are all in this together. We must mobilize leadership and unlock investments in adaptation that can improve people’s lives today and for generations to come,” Ban emphasized during the meeting.

Prior to the meeting, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and CEO Monika Froehler also met with CEO Patrick Verkooijen of the Global Center on Adaptation, Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency and UK Commissioner for GCA, and CEO Peter Damgaard Jensen of Pensionskassernes Administration A/S to discuss the importance of accelerating finance and investment in climate resilience.

Ban Ki-moon interviews with CNN and Al Jazeera at the WEF 2019

BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon was interviewed by CNN and Al Jazeera during the World Economic Forum 2019 held in Davos, Switzerland. During his interview with CNN, Ban said that he is concerned about “the global economy because of protectionism and other crises around the world.”

About the global trade war, Ban answered that he is encouraged

“President Trump and President Xi Jinping have agreed to resolve these issues through negotiation. Negotiation seems to be going on well.”

Ban also said that, at opening of the Boao Forum for Asia that Ban has chairmanship of, Xi Jinping promised to have the Chinese people actively engaged in trade and commerce and opening up their market as well as the intellectual property right.

“Never in the past, since the beginning of North Korean nuclear crisis, have we seen such kind of a very positive and exciting development of situation. Particularly during last year, three summit meetings have taken place between the leaders of both South and North Korea and historical first unprecedentedly meeting took place between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un,” said Ban.

Ban expressed his wishes that based on the lessons of the Singapore Summit on June 12th last year,

“two leaders will come out with much more concrete and detailed way to make sure that the complete denuclearization should be realized in a complete, very fiable, and universible manner.”

Watch the interview:


BKMC Meeting with the World Leaders at the World Economic Forum 2019

On January 23rd, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and CEO Monika Froehler met up with the Centre’s Board member President Jean Todt of the International Federation of Automobile (FIA) during the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in Davos. They discussed possible collaborations between the Centre and the FIA for the year 2019.

Co-chair Ban also met with His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium, CEO Paul Polman of Unilever, Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, and many other world leaders from different fields and countries.

The WEF engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

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Russian students from the Eurasian Club System visit BKMC

A group of Russian students from the Eurasian Club System (ECS) with the club’s President and CEO Marat Shafigullin visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) on January 21st, 2018. BKMC CEO Monika Froehler and Associate Julia Zimmerman briefed the students on the Centre’s work and missions. Specializing in politics and economics, the students showed interest in how to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as global citizens.

The ECS is an organization that aims to facilitate international cooperation for and by youth. Learn more:

(The SDG signs provided by Stadt Wien)

BKMC welcomes Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček of the Czeck Republic at the Centre

Czech Delegation, including Minister Tomáš Petříček for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Ivana Červenková of the Czech Embassy in Vienna, visited the Centre for a meeting with BKMC Co-Chair Heinz Fischer and CEO Monika Froehler on January 18th, 2019. The delegation discussed the current dynamics of European Relations as well as the history of Czech-Austrian relationship, the role of creating stability in Central Europe, and the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain.