Co-chair Ban Ki-moon joins the SDG Academy’s edX online course “Conversations with Global Leaders.”

Today, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of United Nations, joined a Live Conversation in The SDG Academy edX Online Course “Conversations with Global Leaders.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the live interview, Co-chair Ban talked about “The Importance of Global-Setting” with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who also is a BKMC Board member.

The SDG Academy edX Online Course “Conversations with Global Leaders” is an initiative created by the United Nations Sustainable Development Social Network (UN SDSN), and this course aims to provide insights into questions about effective and inclusive leadership in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development such as Are good leaders born or are they made? What are the essential skills and strategies required when they must make tough decisions that impact global policies, people and our planet?

Throughout this course, professor Jeffrey Sachs, a BKMC Board member, interviews inspiring global leaders about an overarching theme that reflects the individual’s unique and diverse insights on the leadership necessary to create national and global movements towards sustainable development, including combating climate change, promoting and preserving human rights and ensuring peace and prosperity for all.

Click the photo to watch the Live Conversation.

“There is nothing we can do alone,” said Ban Ki-moon at the Youth & Leaders Summit 2020

“There is nothing we can do alone,”
said Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote at the Youth & Leaders Summit 2020 under the theme of “Prospering in a Climate-Impacted Society” in Washington D.C. on January 20th.

  “We have to realise that national boundaries do not mean much. We are all one together,” said Ban urging everyone: “Do not build walls but bridges” because “we are all global citizens.”
In this fifth edition of the Youth & Leaders Summit, Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) invited distinguished guest speakers and students to exchange and reflect on how our societies and communities may continue to prosper while facing important transformations due to climate change. The speakers included BKMC Co-chair and The Elders Deputy Chair Ban Ki-moon, BKMC Board Member and SDSN Director Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Élisabeth Borne, Gina McCarthy, Thomas Friedman, Laurence Tubiana, Lakhdar Brahimi, Achim Steiner, Enrico Letta, and more. During the afternoon session, Professor Sachs also delivered a keynote, reminding the students of Sciences Po of their key role:
“All of your thinking, planning and advocacy, all pathways that you design should follow the criteria of reaching zero net emission by mid-century.”
He shared his hopes for the role of young people in the fight against climate change:
“The mysteries on what to do are not that big actually – the big challenge is how to get it done.”
The YLSummit is a unique concept where both youth and current leaders discuss our society’s issues together. It is a platform where youth can engage, raise their own voice, and challenge the leaders. Watch the recorded live stream of the Summit: https://vimeo.com/384774558 Learn more about the Summit: http://bit.ly/38eFza3 Photos by Youth & Leaders Summit

BKM Centre Board members featured at breakout sessions during EFA 2018

Some of the Board members of the Ban Ki-moon Centre were featured with other world leaders and experts at different breakout sessions of the political symposium during European Forum Alpbach 2018 on August 26, 2018. A session co-hosted by the Centre and Austrian Development Agency (ADA) had a discussion focused on “Women and Youth Empowerment – the Sustainable Development Goals in Practice.” The featured panelists were:
  • Márcia Balisciano, Director of Corporate Responsibility, RELX Group in London
  • Michael Sheldrick, Global Director of Policy and Advocacy, Global Poverty Project, Global Citizen in New York
  • Karin Kneissl, Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Österreichisches Außenministerium
  • Martin Ledolter, Managing Director, ADA
  • Nour Barakeh, a youth representative
Other youth representatives including a Syrian refugee, Doaa Al Zamel, also presented their thoughts during the panel discussion. The panelists listened to their concerns and ideas regarding various social issues and proactively shared their expertise. The live-streamed videos of this session can be found on the Centre’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Another breakout session was hosted by Bertelsmann Stiftung and Environment Agency Austria with the topic on “Implementing the SDGs: the challenges countries face and the solutions they offer.” During this session, BKM Centre Co-chair Ban Ki-moon gave comments and the featured panelists were:
  • Aart Jan De Geus, Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh
  • Christian Kroll, Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh
  • Susan Myers, Senior Vice President, UN Foundation in New York
  • Monika Mörth, Managing Director, Environment Agency Austria in Vienna
  • Herbert Ritsch, Director of Business Ethics, Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera AG in Vienna
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, Professor of Economics; Special Adviser to the UNSG on SDGs; Bestselling Author; Syndicated Columnist based in New York