Partnership and Cooperation for the Future: The role of youth, security and education


On July 8th, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens joined the second online session for RAUN scholars 2020.

This year, RAUN is organizing its program around UN 75, combining expert lectures and presentations online with focus group work to engage young academics in discussing some of today’s most complex global challenges. Each session will focus on the importance of partnership and international cooperation in times of crisis.

Today, July 8th, Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Monika Froehler participated in the 2nd session of the program. During her talk “Youth, global citizenship and Education for Justice” she gave the scholars an introduction to global citizenship education and its importance for especially young people in the 21st century. She highlighted that today we see the biggest generation of youth in history, and their empowerment can first and foremost come from formal and informal education, especially education about sustainable development. She urged the scholars to focus on SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 4 (quality education) as they are most affected by the pandemic and need to be prioritized by the international community. 

“Make yes your mantra. We rise with challenges. Grasp the opportunities of whatever is thrown at you.” Monika Froehler

 

The online event also welcomed Heather Wokusch, a longtime partner of the BKMC, who discussed the future of work and education in a post-COVID19 era. She mentioned the repercussions of the influence that businesses and artificial intelligence have on education. As an expert in the education field, she emphasized that the positive humanitarian impact is missing from the development of 21st-century education and that in these disruptive times, we see an imbalance in our value systems vs. technology.

This is where the relevance of the SDGs comes in: The SDGs are not there as a nice show, but they are a guide!” Heather Wokusch

As a final outcome, participants will be required to submit a policy brief/paper of 10 to 15 pages. The policy brief/paper will include background information about the issue, ideas about the kind of future we want to create and common goals, an evaluation of the progress made towards achieving the goals (including milestones and challenges), and effective measures to support the process. Learn more about the program here.

 

CEO Monika Froehler hosts a Panel at the 2020 RAUN Conference

2020 RAUN Conference kicked off in Vienna, Austria on January 15th. In cooperation with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, University of Vienna, and the International Security and Conflict Analysis Network (iSCAN), this 2-day annual conference was hosted by the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN). This year, the conference had the theme of “Environmental and Socioeconomic Sustainability: How to Create Lasting Impacts,” and was attended by BKMC CEO Monika Froehler and COO Katrin Harvey.

Today, on the 2nd day of the conference, Froehler chaired a panel session on “Innovations for Sustainable Development.” During the session, two research groups actively presented their ideas and the research outcomes and raised critical questions, highlighting the importance of community engagement, needs assessment, clear communication, and courage.

CEO Monika Froehler said,

RAUN research groups looked at sustainable development and innovation through the lens of cities and SMEs. One group explored best practices in ViennaHamburg, and Prague. The other explored SMEs in Vietnam and how the 4th Industrial Revolution impacts them.”

Learn more about RAUN 2020http://ra-un.org/2020-raun-conference.html

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BKMC gives feedback to the 2020 RAUN researchers on their paper on SDG 11

Today, prior to the 2020 RAUN Conference “Environmental and Socioeconomic Sustainability: How to Create Lasting Impacts” which will take place on January 15-16th, a group of researchers from the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre to present their paper on the topic of SDG11 and best-practices. BKMC CEO Monika Froehler, COO Katrin Harvey, and Officer Jessie Basch participated in the meeting to give them feedback.

Eva-Maria, Jakub and Christopher worked out a set of recommendations for project managers and policymakers to best implement sustainable city projects and SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This research group will make a presentation on a panel “Innovations for Sustainable Development” chaired by CEO Froehler on January 16th.

RAUN trains young scholars in issues related to the United Nations and international cooperation. RAUN’s aim is to provide participants with in-depth knowledge about the #UN and its functions, to raise their cultural awareness and openness, and to offer a forum for networking and academic exchange.