Ban Ki-moon boldly calls for “All Hands-on Deck” approach to achieve the SDGs at the Cambridge Union

“If we continue to hold back [women that is] a half of the world’s population, it is simply impossible to reach our full potential on the three UN pillars of peace and security, sustainable development, and human rights.”
On January 21, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon visited the Cambridge Union and gave a keynote on “SDGs and Women,” followed by a Q&A session.

“I believe that multilateralism much be the glue that binds our targeted efforts together.”

Co-chair Ban Ki-moon started off his address by reiterating the importance of multilateralism. According to him, multilateralism is the key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the world where nationalism, armed conflicts, climate crisis, and corruption are still rampant.

“We need to move forward with a sense of urgency with 10 years left to go.”

With respect to the fact that the progress of implementing the SDGs is indeed speeding up, Co-chair Ban also pointed out uneven rates of the implementation of the Global Goals across different regions. He boldly called for an “All Hands-on Deck” approach. Co-chair Ban furthermore stressed the importance of women’s empowerment of their active participation in achieving the SDGs. He said,
“The Empowerment of women is a prerequisite to global responses to global challenges, which are inherently interconnected.”
As a concluding remark, Co-chair Ban encouraged the Cambridge students to take a role as an active global citizen in coping with global challenges, think beyond national boundaries, and harness a global vision to achieve a better future for our planet and for humanity. He said,
“We can create the future we want, one that is anchored in sustainability, inclusion, and empowerment for all people and our planet. But we must remember that the challenges we face are simply too enormous to be left in the hands of a few leaders. All of us have to work together in solidarity.”
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Co-chair Heinz Fischer speaks about “Innovative Business Cases for a Sustainable Future”

In cooperation with AG Globale VerantwortungGlobal Compact Network Austria, and the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO), the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens co-organized an open dialogue event “Innovative Business Cases for a Sustainable Future” at the WKO in Vienna, Austria on January 23rd. Following the opening remark of Vice President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller of WKO, BKMC Co-chair Heinz Fischer delivered a keynote, emphasizing the importance of the cooperation in achieving the SDGs.
“When we commit ourselves to implementing the SDGs, we make a significant contribution to effectively and sustainably fighting these risks,” said Fischer.
The discussion was moderated by Annelies Vilim from Globale Verantwortung, and the panel consisted of:
  • Elisabeth Tocca, Founder and Managing Director of CORA Happywear
  • Christine Fasching, Head of Sales, Umdasch Group Ventures GmbH, NewCon
  • Irene Janisch, Managing Director at OECD and Sustainability & Project Manager of SDG Business Forum at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs
  • Markus Haas, Head of the International Project Network, WKO Austria
The audience also actively participated in the discussion, and three best practices of Austrian enterprises were presented with the story walls. Read more about the event in German: https://www.globaleverantwortung.at/nachlese-diskussion-innovative-geschaeftsmodelle-nachhaltige-zukunft-sdgs?fbclid=IwAR1ewWM_Sn7GFZ8uidDgZjzBETyZJBZO0X3fuONh5LA2-0mOgpl2cJNTh0o Photo: Daniel Weber, AG Globale Verantwortung