On Friday, May 31th, “Towards Global Peace: Strengthening Youth‘s Involvement in the Global Nuclear Dialogue” took place at the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
The event featured distinguished speakers including Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo of the The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), and both Co-chairs and Board members of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens:
- Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Heinz Fischer, former President of Austria
- Ambassador Kim Won-soo, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
- Ambassador Shin Dong-ik, former Korean Ambassador to Austria
Ban expressed the importance of engaging youth as change makers in the field of disarmament and the nuclear dialogue as well as in addressing climate challenges.
He stressed that “global leadership is very important, rather than national leadership” in solving global issues and achieving peace.
Fischer rightly pointed out that “nuclear threats are highly linked to the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals” and that the involvement of the youth plays a key role in advancing the overall Global Goals.
Zerbo added that young people are the leaders of today, not tomorrow, encouraging young participants,
“we should achieve a nuclear-free world together with youth, together with you.”
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