Statement by the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens on the Passing of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens team would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano upon hearing the sad news of his passing on July 22nd, 2019.

Director General Amano was a truly dedicated global leader who largely contributed to the security, prosperity, and peace in our global society. Serving in his position at the IAEA for three terms, he has helped the organization advance in nuclear applications, energy, and technology and prevent further proliferation of nuclear weapons.

His endeavors for world peace have been globally recognized and appreciated. He has been respected as a leader, effective diplomat, and a man with a great heart. On this occasion, we grieve with everyone who knows him and who has followed his footsteps across the globe. He will be remembered with his outstanding achievements, and his legacy will continue with the next generations.

With deepest sympathy,
BKMC Team

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Luncheon with the Heads of the international organizations in Vienna

Ambassador Shin Dong-ik of the Korean Embassy in Vienna hosted a luncheon with the Heads of the International Organizations (IO) based in Vienna at his residence on November 15th, 2018. Including the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens’ partners KAICIID and IACA, delegates from varied organizations such as UNIDO, CTBTO, UNOV, OSCE, and IAEA attended the lunch meeting.

With the presence of the Centre’s Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and Board members, Ambassador Shin and KAICIID Senior Advisor Andrea Pfanzelter, during the luncheon, the Ban Ki-moon Centre shared its work and discussed potential areas of collaborative work with the IOs. As the Centre’s aim and work is broadly supported by the actors in the international community and the governments of different states, it has rapidly grown and will furthermore wield its influence to advance the SDGs with the help of its vast global partnership.