BKMC CEO Monika Froehler’s remark on the 2nd Anniversary of the Ban Ki-moon Centre

Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Ban Ki-moon Centre on January 3rd, 2020, CEO Monika Froehler shared her remark:

“On January 3rd, 2018, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens was officially inaugurated at the Austrian Chancellery. What a journey it has been since then?”

“We supported our co-chairs’ leadership, built lasting partnerships across the globe, spread the information on the SDGs and their implementation, and most importantly, touched the lives of hundreds of women and young people to support them and give them a voice, a seat at the table, and opportunities they did not have before.”

“We are grateful for all the support we received on our journey and are humbled by the vast tasks ahead to enhance global citizenship. But as an old Chinese proverb says, ‘No road is too long with friends at your side.’ Thanks to all global citizens for being with us on that journey!”

President Alexander Van der Bellen invites BKMC to the 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Austria

On November 12th, 2018, the Republic of Austria celebrated its 100th anniversary, and Co-chairs Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer and CEO Monika Froehler of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens attended the event upon the invitation of President Alexander Van der Bellen.

A hundred years ago on this day, Austria was reborn as a republic state from the embers of World War I and the Austro-Hungarian empire. The Austrian government marked this special day with an official ceremony at the State Opera House which was attended by distinguished guests, including the political, economic and cultural elite.

President Van der Bellen as well as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache made speeches calling for democratic consensus and for the respect of differing political opinions.

“Only a liberal democracy fights for joint solutions that benefit all… democracy means civilized debate and confrontation,” said the President.

With the Centre’s strong relationship with the Austrian government, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon together with Madam Yoo Soon-taek also had a bilateral meeting with the President and First Lady Doris Schmidauer on November 15th, 2018, following up their previous meeting held in August in Alpbach, Austria.