BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and CEO Monika Froehler visited the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna on August 28th. Ban delivered an address as a former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
“OPEC is an intergovernmental organization which takes the principles of multilateralism seriously … witnessed through the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ and ‘Charter of Cooperation’ that has been in the interests of producers, consumers and the global economy,” said Ban.
He emphasized that global challenges that we are facing must be solved through global solutions and global partnerships:
“Keep working with others and strengthen the relationships you already have. Listen to consumers. Promote dialogue. Respect all points of view. Reach consensus.”
During a bilateral meeting between Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo of OPEC, Barkindo said that “Energy is one of the most cross-cutting issues when it comes to sustainability – without energy, there is no industry.” Both recalled the tireless efforts that went into the annual COP meetings that led to the Paris Agreement.
Barkindo praised Ban Ki-moon’s dedication to preventing conflict, peace-making, improving human welfare and fostering sustainable development and said he would be “long remembered throughout the international community.”