Ban Ki-moon delivers a keynote at the inaugural GEMS World Academy Model United Nations conference in Dubai

GEMS World Academy Model United Nations (GWAMUN) hosted its 1st conference in Dubai from January 9th to 11th, 2020. As Ambassador of the Model United Nations of the GEMS World Academy (GWA), Co-chair Ban Ki-moon inaugurated the 1st GWAMUN and delivered a keynote at the opening of the conference.

In his keynote address, Ban Ki-moon said:

“We have to be inspired to go out into the world and to work not only for the betterment of our own country but also for the betterment of humankind. It is critical that we all are global citizens first and act with passion and compassion.

Today’s youth must be empowered to talk about these issues. I am confident that together, we can make the world safer and more sustainable for today and for generations to come.”

The two-day conference was attended by more than 500 delegates from 34 GEMS Education schools including GWA Singapore and other schools in the UAE. The conference was also attended by world leaders, government officials, educators and students from around the region, including former UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who also serves as a Board member of the Ban Ki-moon Centre, as well as CEO of the Centre Monika Froehler.

“I am delighted to attend the first conference where I had the privilege of meeting the GEMS World Academy students and thank the Secretariat team led by their Director-General Lihong Wang, and Deputy General Aditya Joshi for organizing the Model United Nations Conference. These students are passionate and committed to the MUN concept. They are our future as I look forward to seeing how they will deal with critical topics impacting our world,” Ban added.

The conference, under the theme of “Challenges of Intervention in a Complex World,”  was organized by the GWAMUN Secretariat – a group of seven students from GWA, who Co-chair Ban had a meeting with before the opening of the conference. The MUN sessions concentrated on driving dialogue and sharping perceptions as well as gaining a critical understanding of the social, political, economic, and environmental challenges confronting the international community. Delegates discussed key aspects such as the difficulties of intervention in an increasingly complex, connected, and the multipolar world – one of the greatest challenges facing the global community.
The GEMS students also performed music pieces at the opening, some wearing Korean traditional clothes. GWAMUN’s ambition is not merely bringing simulation benefits to individuals but cultivating an ethic of service and a character of mindfulness. The conference aims to bring into closer contact the magnitude of the challenges confronting all of humanity and inspire each and everyone to match words with meaningful actions.

Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education, said:

“We are delighted to be joined by our guest of honour – the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations – His Excellency Ban Ki-moon – our Ambassador for the Model United Nations at GEMS World Academy Schools worldwide. It is absolutely a privilege for us, and for the students from around the region who are attending the conference debating on real world issues from climate change to alleviating poverty. With the generous support of Ban Ki-moon, our students have already started receiving an unrivalled learning opportunity to take notes from such an inspirational personality. They can develop a stronger understanding of diplomacy and gain a clearer worldview on current issues, helping them become truly global citizens.”

GEMS World Academy Dubai, founded in 2008 as a member of the GEMS Education network of schools, has gone from strength to strength and now welcomes more than 1,500 students from 85 countries every day.

Learn more about GWA Dubai: https://www.gemsworldacademy-dubai.com/en

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The Ban Ki-moon Centre’s leaders meet with the leaders of the GEMS Education and educators in Dubai

BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, Madam Yoo Soon-taek, BKMC Board Member Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO, and CEO Monika Froehler met with the leaders of GEMS Education and experts in education in Dubai on January 8th-9th.

From the left to the right are Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education, Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO, BKMC Board member, Sunny Varkey, Chairman of GEMS Education and Founder of Varkey Foundation, Ban Ki-moon, Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Shanta Retnasingam, Special Advisor to the Chairman of GEMS Education, and Monika Froehler, CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

The meeting on the 8th was hosted by Mr. Dino Varkey included:

  • Dr. Siva Kumari, 7th Director General of the International Baccalaureate
  • Dr. Saima Rana, Principal of Westminster Academy
  • Mr. Shantha Retnasingam, Special Advisor to Founder of the Varkey Foundation & GEMS Education
  • Mr. Christopher Stone, Global Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education
  • Mr. David Fitzgerald, Vice President of Education, GEMS Education

On the next day, Chairman Sunny Varkey hosted another meeting with the BKMC leaders, which was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, together with the leaders of the GEMS Education. They talked about the current political affairs and the education system in the region and the contributions made by the GEMS Education.

 

Ban Ki-moon meets with the GEMS Education Model UN Secretariat

On January 8th, 2020, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and CEO Monika Froehler had a meeting with the GEMS World Academy Student Executive Committee in Dubai. As Model UN Ambassador of the GEMS World Academy schools, Ban encouraged the students to act as global citizens.

“Whatever leadership you may take, you should have a global vision,” said Ban.

He stressed that aspiring leaders should have compassion and think outside their community and country and added,

“It is critical that today’s youth take on responsibility for the world we live in from an early educational platform, and it is essential that educators empower students to talk about issues such as the environment and sustainability so that we can limit any adverse effects on our future generations.”

Before the opening ceremony of the annual GWAMUN, the BKMC leaders also met with the Korean students at the GWA and had a Q&A session about global citizenship and the SDGs. Ban also shared his experience as the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Learn more about GEMS World Academy: https://www.gemseducation.com

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Ban Ki-moon Centre promotes the SDG 4 in partnership with the GEMS

On May 22nd, 2019, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens signed an MOU with the GEMS Education in Berlin, Germany.

Our collaboration with the pioneering education company will specifically focus on the promotion of SG4, quality education and GCED. BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon also accepted the ambassadorship for the Model United Nations (MUN) at GEMS World Academy schools, including GEMS World Academy – Dubai.

The former Secretary General will hold this position for 3 years, where he will share his knowledge and expertise with students form all around the world.

Co-chair Ban and CEO Monika Fröhler were happy about the outcome of the fruitful meeting and meeting with representatives from the GEMS: Chairman Sunny Varkey, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Asad Zafar and Shanta Retnasingam, Special Advisor of the Chairman.

Chairman Varkey is also the founder of the Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize. We’d like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to the Varkey Foundation that announced to make annual voluntary contributions to the Centre.

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