Ban Ki-moon Urges Global Citizens to Act Proactively for the Climate Issues at the SIWW Water Dialogue

During the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), Ban Ki-moon gave a keynote address as a distinguished guest to open the Water Dialogue session. The session was part of the Water Leaders Summit on the topic of “Create: Solutions for our Future” and saught to share insights, trends, and solutions concerning water management and sanitation.

Ban emphasized the importance of the water issues and working together to combat climate change, stating that at least 2 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water. He reminded the attendees that “we are all global citizens” and that we have to proactively take actions for the climate issues that are global issues.

During the SIWW, Ban also mentioned about the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement in an interview with CNBC:

“Now with the United States pulling from this Paris agreement, I’m concerned now how to mobilize the necessary financial support for many developing countries who do not have the capacity to address this climate change issues. They do not have any responsibilities historically speaking. Therefore it is absolute necessary that the international community uses its political will to work on this matter.”

Source: https://www.siww.com.sg/
Source & Photo: https://www.facebook.com/siww.com.sg
Interview: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/10/i-sincerely-hope-that-the-us-will-come-back-says-ban-ki-moon.html

Ban Ki-moon Urged the Implementation of LDN at the First Global Land Neutrality Degradation Forum

Ban Ki-moon Centre’s Co-chairman Ban Ki-moon, who is also the Assembly President and Council Chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), urged global efforts on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and support for the Peace Forest Initiative at the first Global LDN Forum.

This two-day forum was co-hosted by the Korea Forest Service (KFS) and the UNCCD in Seoul, Korea, having the attendance of more than 200 participants from both the public and the private sector as well as international organizations, NGOs, and academia.

LDN is defined as “a state whereby the amount and quality of land resources necessary to support ecosystem functions and services and enhance food security remain stable or increase within specified temporal and spatial scales and ecosystems” by the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The gathered participants and the entities took the opportunity to discuss experiences and ideas on how the international community can cooperate and best practice the implementation of LDN.

Ban said, “With growing pressures on our lands, we – as both the caretakers and offenders of our planet – need to prevent future losses in social, natural and economic capital through the development and implementation of land degradation neutrality.”

During the forum, a high-level inter-Korean dialogue also took place, which was to call for cooperation for implementing the Peace Forest Initiative with North Korea.

“Just a short drive due north from here, there exists one of the gravest environmental situations,” said Ban. He shared his hope that “based on KFS’ successful experiences on the forestry sector, GGGI, UNCCD, and other international partners can play a key role in supporting the momentum.”

 

Source:
GGGI – http://gggi.org/gggis-assembly-president-and-council-chair-ban-ki-moon-urges-global-efforts-on-land-degradation-neutrality-and-supports-the-inter-korean-peace-forest-initiative/
UNCCD – https://www.unccd.int/actions/achieving-land-degradation-neutrality

Photo: Korea Forest Service

Ban urges reinforcement of global citizenship and international collaboration for peace and prosperity in Asia at the Jeju Forum

Ban Ki-moon participated as a panelist and a keynote speaker in the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity held in Jeju, Korea on June 26-28, 2018. The forum was hosted by the Government of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

The Jeju Forum is a regional multilateral dialogue where high-ranking public officials, experts, and world leaders gather to discuss and share future visions on how to approach sustainable peace and prosperity in Asia. For this year, “Reengineering Peace for Asia” was the theme for this 3-day forum as Asia has been facing an increasing array of security problems and challenges for the recent years.

The forum suggested that the task of re-engineering peace can be approached in the following ways:

  • to prioritize peace and prosperity in Asia
  • to energize the process of achieving and preserving peace and prosperity
  • to seek after Alternatives as new workable solutions
  • to seek Cooperation rather than competition or conflicts
  • to cultivate Eco-systems ripe for cooperative alternatives for peace and prosperity in Asia

At the Opening ceremony and World Leaders Session, Ban urged reinforcement of global citizenship, collaborative wisdom and cooperation between countries, and peaceful and harmonious way of denuclearization in North Korea. He also emphasized that there should be no more failure or repetition of the mistakes from the past.

Source & Photo: http://jejuforum.or.kr

Finance Meeting of the Ban Ki-moon Centre Held in Paris

(from the left, Kim Won-soo, Daniele D. Bodini, Jean Todt, Irina Bokova, Ban Ki-moon, Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, Monika Froehler, Sungeun Chi, Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi)

Last Saturday, some Advisory Board members of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens met for finance and fundraising considerations in Paris, France. Jean Todt, the President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, hosted the meeting at FIA Headquarters.

During the meeting, the previous work and the on-going projects of the Centre were discussed. The participants also shared their ideas on possibilities and strategies for financial cooperation for the Centre with its partners, including the governments of Korea, Kuwait and Austria, and international organizations, foundations, philanthropy and private sector.

The second regular annual Advisory Board meeting – with the complete Advisory Board present – will take place on August 27th during the European Forum Alpbach 2018, Austria. The Advisory Board members will participate in the Forum´s panels, workshops, and/or seminar sessions with members of government, high-level dignitaries, experts, businessmen and youth participants from all over the world.

Ban Ki-moon Stressed the Importance of Collaboration and Reaching Gender Equality and Global Citizenship at PAS 2018

PATA Annual Summit 2018 (PAS 2018) took place in Gangneung, Republic of Korea on May 17-20, 2018 under the theme “Building Bridges, Connecting People: How Collaboration Creates Opportunities.” As PATA stands for Pacific Asia Travel Association, the association hold the 4-day international summit in the field of tourism with 372 delegates from 182 organizations.

“The PATA Annual Summit is a unique opportunity for us to highlight the issues that are affecting our industry, and for our delegates from both the public and private sector to come together to addresses the challenges and opportunities facing our various organisations,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy.

During the one-day conference on May 18, Ban Ki-moon gave a special keynote through which he emphasized the importance of cooperation and collaboration in world’s most pressing issues and the significance of the tourism industry that also fosters multicultural understanding and empathy.

The session included an one-on-one interview by the BBC World News Presenter and Producer Sharanjit Leyl. During the interview, Ban showed his hope for the peaceful reunification of two Koreas and said that

“The US-North Korea Summit will make a good progress.”

He also stressed the importance of achieving greater gender equality and spreading awareness of global citizenship.

To achieve gender parity and women empowerment, Ban said he has been trying his best “to make sure that women are given equal opportunities if not more than men” as “considering the global population, there are more women in this world.” Furthermore, he urged world leaders not to erect wars but to “build the bridges and connect the people,” keeping the mindset of global citizenship.

Speech Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMybkWDGMI8
Interview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fup2SjFdXs
Source: https://www.pata.org/h-e-ban-ki-moon-inspires-delegates-at-pata-annual-summit-2018/
Photo: E News Today

Remarkable Stories of People Who Created the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement of 2015 is an agreement made by leaders from all around the world within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a remarkable example of collective leadership. Over several years, thousands of individuals and organizations altogether have created synergy to contribute to achieving global goals, and as of June 2018, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement.

“The Paris Agreement provides a viable blueprint to mitigate the serious threats to our planet. It sets clear targets to restrict rising temperatures, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and facilitate climate-resilient development and green growth,” said Ban Ki-moon.

“Profiles of Paris” is a story-telling project initiated to further spread the importance of the Paris Agreement and to raise awareness on climate change. The project collected remarks of the global leaders in order to encourage collaboration in any area and to bring the world closer together to solve the global issues by reflecting the mistakes of the past and coming up with global solutions.

“We must remember that our work is not done yet. Indeed, the Paris Agreement is only the starting point. We need to continue to galvanize further climate action and elevate collective efforts to implement the Paris Agreement,” said Ban.

“The bottom line is that we don´t have a Plan B, because we don’t have a Planet B.”

Source/Photo: https://profilesofparis.com

Ban Ki-moon Stresses the Need to Address Sustainable Development at the Global Challenges Summit 2018

“I would like to note the obligation Kazakhstan has assumed is that 50% of all its energy will be generated by alternative sources. I am confident that the Green Technologies International Centre launched by President Nazarbayev in 2017 will be a good instrument for Kazakhstan to take the lead in fulfilling those obligations the worldwide,” said Ban Ki-moon at the Global Challenges Summit 2018.

Ban congratulated Kazakhstan for its initiative in green economy and discussed science innovation, education exchange, green energy, and technology development cooperation, stressing the need to address sustainable development.

Global Challenges Summit 2018 is transformed from Astana Economic Forum, Kazakhstan’s leading conference on economic matters, which demonstrates the country’s new status in the international discourse.

The summit focused on
– Economic growth and resource resilience
– Digitalization and urbanization
– Longevity and the financial revolution
– Global security and cultural change

Source/Photo: http://lenta.inform.kz/en/kazakhstan-takes-lead-in-striving-for-green-economy-ban-ki-moon_a3255321
Source: https://www.forum-astana.org/en/node/54
Source: https://astanatimes.com/2018/05/astana-economic-forum-kicks-off-in-kazakh-capital-focuses-on-global-challenges

Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable Development Opened in Kazakhstan

At the Global Challenges Summit 2018 (former Astana Economic Forum), the opening of the Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable Development was announced on May 17th, 2018. The institute was agreed to be established at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Al-Farabi KazNU is one of the 10 global hubs of the UN Academic Impact Program, and it has largely contributed to the implementation of the SDGs.

“It is a great honor for me to work together with such University as Al-Farabi KazNU. Its best practices as a world coordinator of the academic community on sustainable development are effective, sought-after and highly valued in the UN. It is a recognized leader in promoting the UN initiatives aimed at meeting the challenges of the millennium. And the fact that his authority to head the global hub has been extended until 2020 demonstrates the great confidence of the UN,” said Ban Ki-moon.

 

“We are glad that the Institute for Sustainable Development opened in Kazakhstan and in the leading university – Al-Farabi KazNU. Our cooperation goes on to a qualitatively new high level, and it fully meets the interests of the UN and the international community in solving world problems of mankind,” said Myong-Sei Son, Director General of the Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment of Yonsei University, said Myongsei Sohn, the Executive General of the IGEE at Yonsei University.

Source: http://www.kaznu.kz/en/3/news/one/13754/
Photo: Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Ban Ki-moon Makes Mention of the Cancellation of the High-level Inter-Korean Meeting

Regarding North Korea’s sudden cancellation of the high-level talks today, Ban Ki-moon showed his concerns and mentioned North Korea’s nonfulfillment of the previous agreements between two Koreas. An interview with Ban was conducted by the CNBC.

Despite the concerns, Ban showed some optimistic views and contended that

    “it is important that [North Korea] should be fully committed to all these detailed agreements.”

If the Summit between North Korea and the United States is successfully held next month in Singapore,

    Ban stressed that the Summit should draw up “a bold and concrete agreement to dismantle nuclear weapons and to denuclearize North Korea.”

Speaking about the importance of having advanced negotiations, Ban strongly hoped that this time North Korea does not disappoint the excitement and the wish of the international community and that

    “the Summit meeting between the two leaders will be a successful one.”

Although the entire peace process may not be complete by one Summit meeting, Ban sees that it could be possible through mutual efforts of the countries involved and with the great support from the international community.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/16/ban-ki-moon-iran-deal-pullout-sends-bad-message-to-north-korea.html
Photo: Newsis