Co-chair Ban Ki-moon Celebrates United Nations Day

Message from Co-chair and 8th Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon

Today, on October 24th, 2020, we are commemorating the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945. Over the past 75 years, the world and humankind have seen great strides forward but also have been tested by arduous setbacks. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and intensified existing structural inequalities – leading to relentless social and economic struggles on a global scale. However, we must not forget that while millions of people are affected by and suffering from it; poverty, terrorism, discrimination, and climate change remain a threat to humankind especially to the most vulnerable.

In 1945, the UN was founded to bring an end to human rights violations and lead the path to a sustainable future. Today, we recognize its ceaseless dedication. As we are reflecting on the past, celebrating our achievements, and looking forward to change, the global pandemic should be the push to strengthen multilateralism and international cooperation. 2020 has also been a year of opportunity for unity and positive change. That is why the UN is needed now more than ever and I have continued to support the UN system and partners in these unprecedented times. The values of the UN Charter must remain our guide as we continue to promote three pillars of the UN; international peace and security, human rights as well as development.

We must continue building on the foundation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. We have a clear and universally agreed roadmap to lead us to a path of fundamental transformation for a just society by 2030. I thank you – for your dedication in striving for a better world.

Let us, on October 24, reaffirm our commitment to a brighter future for all – leaving no one behind.


Ban Ki-moon Centre featured at a plenary session at EFA 2018

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens’ Co-chair Heinz Fischer, who is also Honorary Chair of Alpbach-Laxenburg Group and the Centre’s Board member Irina Bokova, Former Director General of UNESCO featured at a plenary session during the political symposium held at European Forum Alpbach on August 28th, 2018. The session was hosted by Alpbach-Laxenburg Group in cooperation with IIASA and had a panel discussion on “reconciling (bio)diversity protection and effort to mitigate climate change.” On the panel, also featured were David Nabarro, who served as Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir, Professor of Sustainability Science at the University of Iceland.