BKMC Annual Report 2018


Photo: Dragan Tatic



Annual Report

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Dear friends of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens,

It is a pleasure to present to you the annual report of the inaugural year of the Ban Ki-moon

simultaneously able to witness the continuing rise of nationalism and backlash against the

Sustainable Development Goals, the Fundamental Human Rights Charter, and the idea of a

world that advances through empathy, cooperation and the concept of global citizenship. We

have witnessed leaders acting as national leaders putting their own national interests on the

top of the agenda, while ignoring the fact that we can only advance when others advance

together with us.

In 2018 the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens worked ambitiously to foster the

empowerment of women and youth to become the global leaders not only of tomorrow, but

of today. With determination and eagerness, we invested our energy to build a Centre that

stands for the promotion of global citizenship. Our projects, initiatives and events radiated

initial expectations. We are now a well-known entity that is built on a legacy that stands for

the pursuance of women’s rights, education for all, and the strengthening of human rights on

a global level.

In the past year we have established an organization that is backed by an outstanding Board

committed to our mission.

empowerment of women. We managed to get powerful initiatives up and running and acted

as supporter and accelerator for young and talented individuals who strive to make the world

Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap and foster the concept of global citizenship to

Furthermore, the report is a way to give back to and thank our supporters without whom our

cooperative, or other nature, we consider us fortunate to be able to rely on such a brilliant

environment, full of individuals and organizations who form the backbone of global


Looking ahead we are aware that we will continue to face challenges, which intend to shake

the obstacles that we will encounter. We will continue to do our part to foster the global

leaders that our world needs. But only, with your support.

Ban Ki-moon


United Nations Secretary-General


Heinz Fischer


Federal President of the Republic of Austria



Dear reader,

One year has passed in the blink of an eye. Since the inauguration, it has been an incredible journey

of growth, challenges and successes for the young Centre for Global Citizens.

In this first year, our Co-chairs Ban Ki-moon and Heinz Fischer and our Board members ably led

the activities spanning from Seoul to New York, from Oslo to Johannesburg, from Beijing to

Bahrain and from Vienna to Montevideo. We have reached far more than 200.000 people via our

social media activity, have actively introduced the work of the Centre to thousands of people, have

inspired hundreds and supported women and future young leaders while working tirelessly to

build our programs, forge meaningful partnerships and secure funding for the years to come.

So why do we do this? Why is it important to focus on global citizens?

Today the world is more connected than ever. We are bound together by global developments and

are confronted with challenges that affect us all. The Sustainable Development Goals are an important

depiction of that.

However, today only few leaders actively live and act with the full understanding of the implications

of this global interconnectedness - too scarce is the understanding of our shared fate as citizens of

this fragile planet.

In times of rising nationalism and populism, short-term thinking and the expectation of immediate

gains, we must do our utmost to curtail these developments and to grow and foster our future

leaders. How do we do that? With education, advocacy, leadership and mediation to support future

leaders who are truly engaged global citizens, surpassing local and national interests with a global

perspective and understanding for complexities of the challenges we face. This is imperative for all

global citizens and we believe women and youth have a special role to play in this.

Therefore, let me thank all those who are with us on this journey, as none of our work would be

possible without the support of our partners and funders. We need your inspired and generous

leadership and we thank you all for your commitment to our common goal of promoting global


Monika Froehler

Chief Executive Officer

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens


Table of Contents

I. About the Centre (4)

1. “Be a global citizen – act with passion and compassion”

Launching the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna

2. Mission and Vision

3. Pillars of Work (8)


II. Donors, Board Members, and Partners (11-13)

III. Partnerships and Outreach (14)

1. Memoranda of Understanding Signed (15)

2. Advocacy with the UN and IOs in Vienna (16)

3. Working with Ambassadors in Vienna (17)

4. High-level Visitors of the Centre (18)

5. Breakfast Hubs (19)

a. Women

b. Youth

6. Working with Austria (20)

IV. Ban Ki-moon Centre in 2018: Programs (21)

1. Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum (GEEF) (22)

2. Online Courses (23)

3. Global Citizenship Initiatives Portal (GCI Portal) (24)

4. Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholars (25)

5. Board Meetings (26)

a. Pyeongchang, South Korea

b. Finance Meeting, Paris

c. European Forum Alpbach, Austria

6. Ban Ki-moon’s Leadership Roles (27)

V. Activities for the SDGs and Global Citizenship (28)

1. Global Citizenship Education (29)

2. Global Citizenship Workshops (30)

3. Conferences, Symposiums, and Colloquiums (31-34)

VI. Finances Overview (36-37)

On the Horizon – 2019 (38-40)



About the Centre

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global

Citizens is a quasi-international

organization established in Vienna,

Austria, in January 2018. The Centre

has affiliated and financially

independent offices in Seoul at

Yonsei University, South Korea, and

Almaty, at Al Farabi University, and

an affiliated foundation in New York,

United States.


Photo: Dragan Tatic

“Be a global citizen – act with passion and

compassion” - Launching the Ban Ki-moon

Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna

On January 3rd, 2018, Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General from

2007 – 2016) and Heinz Fischer (Federal President of Austria from

2004 – 2016) officially inaugurated the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for

Global Citizens in Vienna at a ceremony at the Federal Chancellery

of Austria, upon the invitation of the Chancellor of the Republic of

Austria, H.E. Sebastian Kurz and Austrian Foreign Minister, H.E.

Karin Kneissl.

At the launch, the Austrian Chancellor stressed the importance of

the newly established Centre as a strong partner of all international

organizations headquartered in Vienna.


Mission and Vision

The Ban Ki-moon Centre empowers women and youth to live in a

peaceful and prosperous world. We strive for a world based on

universal respect for human rights, regardless of age, gender,

identity, religion, and nationality, where sustainable development is

achieved through global citizenship in shared responsibility,

understanding and empathy.


The Ban Ki-moon Centre supports the education and

empowerment of women and youth in the framework

of the Sustainable Development Goals. Our projects

support global citizenship and involve partners in the

public, private and academic sectors.

Pillars of Work

In cooperation with its partners, the Ban Ki-moon

Centre supports its Co-chairs and their global citizen

advocacy, conducts workshops, organizes landmark

conferences on global engagement and empowerment,

establishes scholarships and fellowships for young

global citizens, produces online courses on global

citizenship and sustainable development, making

content widely available, and is curating an online

portal for aspiring global citizens.

The Centre uses its independence, network and

expertise to empower women and youth

worldwide. Leadership and mediation are essential

to peace; advocacy and participation are critical to

empowerment; and education is fundamental to

fostering global citizenship. Working publicly and

through informal diplomacy, the Centre engages

with leaders, youth, academia, international

organizations and civil society at all levels on global







The Teams and Offices


Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna is led by former UN Secretary-General Ban

Ki-moon and former Austrian President Heinz Fischer. The Vienna based quasi-international

organization acts as the headquarter to coordinate the Centre’s programs, initiatives, partnerships and

Board meetings.


Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development

The Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development is an organizational branch for the Institute for

Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE) at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. It was launched

in 2017 at the university to contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by

integrating various missionary and volunteer activities within the university to address social issues and

foster the next generation of global citizens.


Ban Ki-Moon Institute for Sustainable Development

The Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable Development (BKMISD) was established as an international

academic institution at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Almaty, Kazakhstan in spring

2018. Its establishment draws on the rich traditions of KazNU in working on the Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs) in the framework of developing countries and the developing world.

New York

US Foundation of the Ban Ki-moon Centre

The Ban Ki-moon Centre founded a US Foundation for assisting in the fundraising efforts of the Centre

in the United States. The US Foundation is located in New York and was established with the help of the

Alexander Bodini Foundation to assist in the outreach to US Foundations and philanthropy.


Donors, Board Members, and


The BKMC is a quasi-international organisation and

depends on donations, grants and philanthropic

gifts. The Centre is grateful to all the individuals,

organisations and governments whose financial

support in 2017 and 2018 made our launch and

future work possible. We thank our funding partners

for their commitment to the Centre’s mission.



Korea Foundation

State of Kuwait

The Alexander Bodini Foundation

Government of the Netherlands via the Global Center on Adaptation

Federal Ministry of Austria for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Austrian National Bank

Austrian Development Agency

Youngsan Group

Verbund and Umweltbundesamt

University of Notre Dame

Jean Todt, President of FIA

Land Tirol, Austria

In kind contributions:

Barta & Partner

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Korean Permanent Mission Vienna

Kuwaiti Permanent Mission Vienna

The BKM Centre collaborated with numerous partners and organisations to

share costs and the benefits of mutually supportive work. It operated on a

modest overall annual budget of 0,5 Million Euros in the fiscal year 2018, with

an annual fundraising goal of 2 Million Euros for 2019.

Announced contributions for 2019:

Royal DSM

Bodini Foundation

State Kuwait

Stadt Wien

Austrian Federal Chancellery

Burgenland, Austria

Ban Ki-moon


Board Members

Ban Ki-moon

Former Secretary General of the

United Nations

Heinz Fischer

Former President of the Republic

of Austria

Ahmad Alhendawi

Márcia Balisciano

Secretary General of the World Director of Corporate Responsibility

Organization of the Scout Management


Daniele D. Bodini

President of the Alexander Bodini


Irina Bokova

Former Director-General of UNESCO

Christophe De Kepper

Director-General and Executive Board Member of

the International Olympic Committee

Hugh Evans

Founder and CEO of Global Citizen

Monika Froehler

CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for

Global Citizens

Ed Futa

Former General-Secretary of Rotary


Kim Won-soo

Former UN High Representative for

Maurice Lévy

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Permanent Representative of Kuwait to

Publicis Groupe

Susan Myers

Senior Vice-President of the UN


Arrey Obenson

Secretary-General of the Junior

Chamber International

Special Advisor to the UNSG on SDGs

Ambassador Shin Dong-Ik

Permanent Representative of the Republic of

Korea to the United Nations in Vienna,

Jean Todt

Pr. of the Féd. Inter. de l’Automobile (FIA) and

UNSG Special Envoy of Road Safety

Dimitri de Vreeze

Member of the Board of Royal DSM

Andrea Pfanzelter

Senior Adviser to the KAICIID

International Dialogue Centre


Network & Partners



Partnerships and Outreach

Memoranda of



The Korea Foundation

January 15, 2018

Signed by: BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon Heinz

Fischer and the Korea Foundation President

Sihyung Lee

Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable

Development at the Institute for

Global Engagement & Empowerment

(IGEE), Yonsei University

February 7, 2018

Signed by: BKMC Co-chairs Ban Ki-moon and

Heinz Fischer and President Yong-Hak Kim of

Yonsei University

Marianne & Margaret Nobel Peace

Prize Commission of


April 27, 2018

Signed by BKMC Co-chair Heinz Fischer and

Commission Chair Kim Hwang-sik

Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable

Development (BKMISD), Al-Farabi

Kazakh National University

May 17, 2018

Signed by: BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and

BKMISD Rector Galimkair Mutanov

Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable

Development (BKMCSD) at the

Institute for Global Engagement &

Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei

University and Ban Ki-moon Institute

for Sustainable Development

(BKMISD), Al-Farabi Kazakh National


August 26, 2018

Signed by: BKMC Co-chairs Ban Ki-moon and

Heinz Fischer, BKMCSD Director Shinki An,

and BKMISD Rector Galimkair Mutanov

International Anti-Corruption

Academy (IACA)

August 26, 2018

Signed by: BKMC Co-chairs Ban Ki-moon and

Heinz Fischer and IACA Dean and Executive

Secretary Martin Kreutner

Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for

International Understanding

(APCEIU) under the auspices of


October 19, 2018

Signed by: BKMC CEO Monika Froehler and

APCEIU Director Chung Utak

Yeosijae Future Consensus Institute

and School of Public and

Management of Tsinghua University

November 5, 2018

BKMC Board Member Kim Won-soo, Yeosijae

President Lee Kwang Jae, and Tsinghua

University Associate Dean Zhu Xufeng

Photo: Future Consensus Forum


Advocacy with the UN and IOs in Vienna

Since the Centre’s founding, it has maintained a close working

relationship with the United Nations in Vienna and with the

vibrant array of other international organizations based in the city.

On November 15th, Ambassador Shin Dong-ik of the Korean

Permanent Mission in Vienna, hosted a luncheon with heads of

Vienna-based organizations, including UNIDO, CTBTO, UNOV,



Working with Ambassadors in Vienna

On September 3rd, 2018, Co-chair Heinz Fischer

and Centre CEO Monika Froehler and Board

member of the Ban Ki-moon Centre, Ambassador

Shin Dong-ik, briefed Ambassadors and

Permanent Representatives to the United Nations

in Vienna on the work of the Ban Ki-moon Centre

for Global Citizens at the United Nations in

Vienna. The briefing was hosted by the Permanent

Mission of Austria to the UN Vienna and its

Ambassador Christine Stix-Hackl. The Permanent

Representative of the Republic of Korea also made

a statement.


High-level Visitors

of the Centre

November 8, 2018,

Dr. Kamal Kharazi, Head of

Strategic Council on Foreign

Relations, and H.E. Ambassador

Ebadollah Molaei of the Iranian

Embassy in Vienna

January 17, 2018,

Former President of

Germany, H.E. Joachim Gauck

November 8, 2018,

H.E. Ambassador Kiyoshi Koinuma

of the Japanese Embassy in


January 2018,

the Permanent Mission of Kuwait

in Vienna

November 16, 2018,

Ambassador Ricardo Neiva Tavares

of the Brazilian Embassy in Vienna

and Executive Secretary Lassina

Zerbo of the Comprehensive

Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Organization (CTBTO)

February 2018,

Former President of

Afghanistan H.E. Hamid Karzai

January 8, 2019,

Austrian Embassy in Beijing,

Ambassador LI Xiaosi of the

Chinese Embassy in Vienna, and

Professor Gerd Kaminski of the

University of Vienna and a Chinese


May 29, 2018,

President of Kosovo H.E. Hashim

Kosovo H.E. Behgjet Pacolli

January 14, 2018,

H.E. Ambassador Eric Anderson

of the Embassy of Peru in Austria

July 10, 2018,

H.E. Ambassador Trevor D. Traina of

the US Embassy in Vienna

November 13, 2018

Ambassador Kjersti Ertresvaag

Andersen of the Norwegian

Embassy in Austria

October 2, 2018,

H.E. Ambassador Sheikh Ali bin


January 17, 2018,

Czech Republic H.E.Tomáš

Petříček and H.E. Ambassador

Ivana Červenková


High-level Visitors of the Centre

Breakfast Hubs


For the first Breakfast Hub, the Centre welcomed

a group of representatives from local NGOs and

organizations working to empower women.

Keynote speeches were delivered by Désirée

Schweitzer, the President of the UN Women

National Committee Austria and the Director

General of the Department for International

Development at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign

Affairs, and by Lilly Sucharipa, the former

President of the UN Women National Committee


During the networking and brainstorming

sessions, the participants actively shared the

challenges and ideas for women empowerment at

national, regional, and global levels and how

solutions can be connected to the concept of

global citizenship.


The second Breakfast Hub brought together

young leaders and representatives from various

locally-based organizations that work with and

for youth and their empowerment. While

discussing their role as global citizens, the

participants shared their ideas on how the

concept of global citizenship can be connected to

the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Keynotes were delivered by Billy Batware, Civil

Society Team at UNODC, who is also the

Co-founder of the Regional Academy on the

United Nations (RAUN), United for Education

and Sustainable Futures (UESF), Youth

Education Ambassadors (YEA), and Forum for

Young Internationalists (FYI), and by Katarina

Eric, who was the current President of AIESEC

in Austria, a branch of the largest youth-led

organization globally.


Working with Austria

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global

Citizens is strategically positioned in

Vienna, Austria, which hosts one of the

headquarters of the United Nations

and is home to many international

organizations. Austria is rich in

multilaterally relevant organizations,

can count on strong representation of

Permanent Missions, and is a perfect

location for IOs as well as

quasi-international organizations.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre has and will

continue to foster its meaningful

partnerships with the Austrian

Government. The Centre share goals

with the Austrian Government of

fostering peace, encouraging dialogue

and the exchange of ideas, improving

education and promoting sustainable


In August 2018, the Ban Ki-moon

Centre held its second official Board

Meeting at the margins of the Political

Symposium of European Forum

Alpbach 2018 in Tirol, Austria, and

co-hosted “Development Dialogue on

SDGs and empowerment” with the

Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

featuring H.E. Austria´s Foreign

Minister Karin Kneissl and ADA

Director Martin Ledolter.

Furthermore, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon

participated in the “Growth in

Transition” conference hosted by the

Ministry for Sustainability and

Tourism with H.E. Austrian Minister

Elisabeth Köstinger and attended the

kick-off meeting for the “Sounding

Board” of Think Austria, the new

strategic expert group convened by

H.E. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian

Kurz. Furthermore, the Centre

collaborated with the Austrian

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in hosting a

Political Forum on the multilateral

treaty regime with H.E. Foreign

Minister Karin Kneissl in November

2018. Multi-stakeholders from Austria

are closely connected to the work of the



Ban Ki-moon Centre in

2018: Programs

Photo: Dragan Tatic


Global Engagement and

Empowerment Forum

Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF),

co-hosted by the Ban Ki-moon Centre for

Global Citizens and the Institute for Global

Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), is an

annual international event where all

stakeholders, including global leaders and

experts, convene to collaborate towards

accomplishing the United Nations’ 2030

Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Putting People and Planet at the Center” as

February, 2018. Consisting of plenary

sessions, parallel sessions, and special

conversations, the forum attracted more than

will have plenary sessions on health, women

empowerment, sustainability and future cities,

sharing prosperity, North Korea, and parallel

sessions with “A Call to Action: Empower

People, Share Prosperity” as its main theme.

BKMC Co-chairs and Board members,

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz,

Executive Secretary of Armida Salsiah

Alisjahbana UNESCAP, Former Prime

Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand, Former

Director-General Irina Bokova of UNESCO,

President Lee Mikyung of KOICA, and Mayor

Park Won-soon of Seoul Metropolitan

Government to list only some will also feature

at the sessions.

professionals, and students from all sectors,

including human rights, education, climate

change, health, and others. UN Secretary

General António Guterres, then-President of

the UNGA Miroslav Lajčák, Prime Minister

Nak-yeon Lee of Korea, and Co-founder and

Executive Chairman Jack Ma of Alibaba

Group were present at the forum to raise

awareness of existing global challenges and to

high-level speakers of the Forum included the

Centre’s Co-chairs Ban Ki-moon and former

President of Austria Heinz Fischer and Ban

Ki-moon Centre Board members Irina

Bokova, former UNESCO Director General,

University, who is also Director of SDSN, and

many more.


Ban Ki-moon and Alibaba President Jack Ma

largely attracted the attention of young

participants on sustainable development,

partnerships in private sector, altruism, and

the importance of empowering youth and


Photo: IGEE

Online Course

A course entitled “Sustainable Development in the 21st Century

with Ban Ki-moon” was co-produced by the Ban Ki-moon Centre

for Global Citizens and Yonsei University and made available on


members of the Centre and designed for people that

want to learn about the latest development agenda

the international community agreed to achieve by

2030 – people, prosperity, planet, peace and justice,

and partnership, students are expected to learn that

these pillars are interconnected and need to be

integrated in practical policy-making and

operational activities for development, both

developed and developing country settings.

Following an introductory module on the main

concepts of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, successive

modules provide the foundation behind the SDGs for

people, prosperity and planet, peace and partnership.

channels that the young generation can participate to

integrate the SDGs in the policy-making of the

students’ resident countries.

In 2019, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

is pursing the production of two online courses on

the topic of global citizenship and the empowerment

of women and youth. In cooperation with the

Centre’s partner UNESCO APCEIU, the course will

be designed and produced on the Online Campus



Global Citizenship

Initiatives Portal (GCI Portal)

portal lists fellowships, academic programs, and

on-going initiatives for global citizenship world-wide.

about global citizenship by taking academic courses


a country of choice or an online course, one can sort out


The GCI Portal is an active platform to which the

users can add other existing initiatives in the world by a

simple online feedback function.

Ban Ki-moon Global

Citizen Scholars

global citizenship education and provides

scholarships and fellowships for young global

the development of young talented


mentored by Board members and presented

their plans for the future and will be part of

an ever-growing alumni network of the Ban

Ki-moon Centre of future leaders.

In August 2018, the Centre sponsored

scholars to attend the European Forum

scholars were nationals of countries in the

Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Each scholar could present their active

engagement as global citizen in their

communities, present their future aspirations

and highlight their work ranging from

founding their own NGOs to participating in

leadership roles in already established youth

and women’s empowerment organizations.


Board Meetings

Photo: Laurent Ziegler

Pyeongchang, South Korea

margins of the Winter Olympic Games in

Pyeongchang, South Korea on 9 February, 2018.

Board members and Co-chairs of the Centre

joined together to discuss the Centre, including


Finance Meeting, Paris

In June 2018, a group of Board Members of the

considerations in Paris, France. Jean Todt,

President of the Federation Internationale de

l’Automobile (FIA) and the United Nations

Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road

Safety, hosted the meeting at FIA Headquarters.

During the meeting, the work and on-going

projects of the Centre were discussed.

European Forum Alpbach, Austria

during the Political Symposium of European Forum Alpbach in Tirol,

IGEE at Yonsei University in South Korea and the Ban Ki-moon Institute

for Sustainable Development at Al-Farabi University in Kazakhstan

discussed the strategic outlook, orientation, messaging, partnerships, and


comed two new Board members: Senior Advisor Andrea Pfanzelter of the

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and

Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) and Chairman Dimitri de Vreeze of the

Supervisory Board of Royal DSM.


cooperation for the Centre with its partners,

including the governments of Korea, Kuwait and

Austria, and international organizations,

foundations, philanthropy and the private sector.

Ban Ki-moon’s Leadership Roles

Co-chair Ban Ki-moon took on several

new leadership roles in 2018,

continuing to build on his legacy on the

Sustainable Development Goals and the

Ban Ki-moon Centre is supporting its

co-chair Ban Ki-moon in these roles as

much as possible.

In February 2018 Ban Ki-moon started

his term as President and Chair of the

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

which is dedicated to supporting and

promoting strong, inclusive and

sustainable economic growth in

developing countries and emerging

economies. Founded to support and

promote the mainstreaming of green

growth, GGGI programs and projects

target economic growth that is

environmentally sustainable and

socially inclusive.

road map for what actions should be taken and how


Furthermore, Co-Chair Ban Ki-moon completed his

Commission of the International Olympic Committee

(IOC). Achieving greater transparency, good

governance, responsibility and strengthening ethics are

some of the guiding principles of the IOC Ethics

Commission under Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s

strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic


In April 2018 Co-Chair Ban Ki-moon

was elected Chairman of the Boao

organisation and non-governmental

organisation that hosts high-level

forums for leaders from government,

business and academia in Asia and

other continents to share their vision on

the most pressing issues in this dynamic

region and the world at large.

which was launched in October 2018 is

led by Ban Ki-moon, Bill Gates,

co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation, and Kristalina Georgieva,

CEO of the World Bank. It is convened

by 17 countries and guided by 28


Photo: Peter Lechner


VIII. Activities for the

SDGs and Global



Global Citizenship Education

Regional Conference on GCED

In November 2018, two events were held on the topic

of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in Lisbon,

Portugal. The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global

Citizens’ partner UNESCO APCEIU hosted a

two-day “2018 Europe and North America Regional

Global Citizenship Education Network Meeting” in

cooperation with UNESCO and GENE

(Global Education Network in Europe). In addition,

GENE organized an international conference on

“Building a World of Justice and Solidarity: Global

Education in the School System” in cooperation with

the Portuguese government and UNESCO. The

Centre presented its work and advocacy for global

citizenship education. The two events gathered

educators and researchers from universities and

academic institutions, representatives from the

ministries of education, stakeholders from

inter-governmental organizations and NGOs, and

others from different sectors. An interactive platform

was provided for the participants to actively share

their ideas and expertise on GCED for the successive


The outcomes of the discussions held during the

two-day workshop hosted by UNESCO APCEIU will

be publicized as a report in 2019. The report will show

concrete suggestions on how to advance GCED

specifically in Europe and North America and how to

implement and develop the education into working

solutions for global challenges that the world faces.

International Conference on


Creating active global networks of exchange

and lessons learnt on global citizenship

educational practice is essential for teaching

the skills that will be required in the 21st

century. The 3rd International Conference

on GCED co-organized by UNESCO

APCEIU, Ministry of Education, and

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea took

place in Seoul, South Korea on 5-6

September, 2018. The Centre’s Co-chair Ban

Ki-moon delivered a keynote address and

CEO Monika Froehler moderated a plenary

session on empowerment stories of global

citizenship education.

The conference was contextualization Global

Citizenship Education (GCED) globally and

offered a “Platform on Pedagogy and Practice”.

The two-day conference consisted of

panel discussions, workshops and various

practical sessions. APCEIU Director Chung

Utak and Vice Minister Park Chun-ran of

the Korean Ministry of Education and many

international experts shared their ideas and

views on achieving global citizenship.


Global Citizenship

Workshops for youth

Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN)

Future thought leaders will identify as global citizens in a multilateral and

interconnected world. In May 2018 the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global

Citizens was therefore invited to give a lecture and workshop at the Regional

Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) held at the UN in Vienna. RAUN is

an international and multi-disciplinary program that provides a forum for

youth to discuss issues related to the UN and international affairs. During the

workshop, students learned about the Centre’s vision and work and

participated in in a global citizenship workshop. After preparing short

presentations, groups shared their work and the best

presentation was awarded.

Junior Chamber International (JCI)

Junior Entrepreneurs are key to unlock the potential of the youth for the

implementation of the SDGs. This year, the Ban Ki-moon Centre participated

in three sizable Junior Chamber International events, including the Global

Partnership Summit in New York in July 2018, the Global Congress in Goa,

India, in October and November 2018, and the African Youth Development

Summit in South Africa in December 2018. The Centre is working closely

with the Ban Ki-moon Centre Board Member and Secretary General of JCI

Arrey Obenson.

At the events in India and South Africa, the Centre presented workshops to

JCI youth members on the topics of advocacy and global citizenship. In Goa,

the Centre focused on the role of advocacy and “The Global Citizen Mindset”

and included examples of best practices on an expert panel. The session

helped participants learn more about opportunities to engage in advocacy

both through JCI-led initiatives and other global initiatives.

Vienna University of Economics and Business

The SDGs are an integral part of any solution to the biggest challenges of our

time. In October, the Ban Ki-moon Centre hosted a workshop at the Vienna

School of Economics and Business for students in the Socio-Ecological

Economics and Policy (SEEP) Master's program. The session focused on

global citizenship and the SDGs. Students worked in groups to find solutions

to major global challenges. In small groups, the participants planned projects

based on one or more of the SDGs and then presented them to a jury. The

best project was awarded with a prize.both through JCI-led initiatives and

other global initiatives.


Conferences, Symposiums,

and Colloquiums

Women Mediators’ Network Meeting in Oslo, Norway

The Ban Ki-moon Centre supports the creation of a Women Mediators´ Network

in Asia. In March 2018, CEO Monika Froehler participated in the inaugural

meeting of regional women mediators’ networks in Oslo, Norway. The gathering

brought together members from the already established womens’ networks,

including the Nordic Women Mediators Network, FemWise-Africa, and the

Mediterranean Women Mediators Network. They were joined by representatives

from the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation and

UN entities including the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the

Department of Political Affairs and UN Women. In addition, representatives from

the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Organization for Security

and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Association of Southeast Asian

Nations (ASEAN), as well as members of the Commonwealth Secretariat. The

gathering discussed ways to increase the representation of women in peace and

security processes. All attendees agreed to continue working together to promote

the inclusion of women in peace processes by seeking synergies and looking into

the option of creating a global network of women mediators.

The Nordic Women Mediators Network hosted the meeting along with the

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Centre for Conflict

Resolution (NOREF), and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Norwegian

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, UN Under-Secretary-General Ana Maria

Menendez, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, and former UN

Under-Secretarty-General Noeleen Heyzer, all featured prominently at the event.

Photo: FIA

Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Mobility

Conference in Uruguay

The Ban Ki-moon Centre is collaborating closely with the UN Special Envoy of

Road Safety FIA President Jean Todt and the Fédération Internationale de

l’Automobile (FIA). Road traffic injuries are the biggest killer of teenagers globally.

Every year, some 1.3 million people are killed and up to 50 million people are

injured on the world’s roads. Road safety is an imperative for youth empowerment.

In July 2018, CEO Monika Froehler featured on a high-level panel at the 2018 FIA

Mobility Conference held in Montevideo, Uruguay. The panel on Global

Sustainability Action featured Pablo Inthamousso, Mobility Director for

Montevideo City, Roberto Falkenstein, Head of Research and Development for

Pirelli Tyres, and Sean O’Connor, Director of Strategy for Automobile and Touring

Club of United Arab Emirates. CEO Monika Froehler also joined the FIA

Environment and Sustainability Commission under the leadership of former

Mexican President Felipe Calderón focusing on major trends shaping the global

sustainability agenda and FIA’s strategy in this regard.


Alpbach Session on Women and Youth Empowerment

Development cooperation has an important role to play by empowering women

and youth as catalyst for the implementation of the Sustainable Development

Goals. During European Forum Alpbach 2018, the Ban Ki-moon Centre co-hosted

a breakout session on Women and Youth Empowerment with the Austrian

Development Agency (ADA). The workshop featured a welcome by Co-chair

Heinz Fischer and keynotes by Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and Austrian Foreign

Minister Karin Kneissl. The session’s panelists included Minister Kneissl, Martin

Ledolter (Managing Director of ADA), Ban Ki-moon Centre Board Members

Michael Sheldrick (Vice President of Global Citizen) and Márcia Balisciano

(Director of Corporate Responsibility of RELX Group), and Nour Barakeh

(Youth Advocate for the SDGs) and showcased success stories of women and

youth-oriented advocacy, policies, research and projects that can be scaled and

emulated. The session was moderated by Ban Ki-moon Centre Board Member

Arrey Obenson (Secretary General of the Junior Chamber International).

SDG Nexus: Global Citizenship in a Time of War

The challenges of migratory movements and the increasing numbers of refugees

will be a major element of the development of the notion of global citizenship. On

27 September, 2018, the Ban Ki-moon Centre hosted a multimedia event on,

“Global Citizenship in a Time of War,” co-organized by Heather Wokusch – an

educator who works in the field of women and youth empowerment through

education and promotion of the SDGs. Having gained international attention

while addressing the plight of refugees, three young refugee women – Doaa Al

Zamel, Nour Barakeh, and Suad Mohammed – shared their experiences and

inspirational stories during the event. Each of them using other means to

communicate their unique story. BKMC CEO Monika Froehler delivered welcome

remarks and also facilitated a Q&A session. Guests from various sectors including

media, international organizations, and NGOs discussed the current refugee crisis

and examined ways to address the global challenge while empowering those in

need of help.


Photo: Future Consensus Forum

Future Consensus Forum

Global citizenship will be shaped mainly by urban dwellers,

as 75% of the world´s population will live in cities by 2050.

2018 Future Consensus Forum: Next

Civilized City and Sustainable Development” was

co-organized by BKMC partners Yeosijae (Future

Consensus Institute), Tsinghua University, and the Institute

for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE) in

Beijing, China, in November 2018.

The Centre’s Co-chair Ban Ki-moon highlighted the

importance of sustainable cities both as the greatest

inter-connected challenge and the key enabler of the SDGs.

It was received with strong endorsement by the audience

which included parliamentarians, mayors and academicians

from across the world. Ban Ki-moon also addressed the

issues and solutions during media interviews.

A special discussion hosted by the Centre was moderated by

Ambassador Kim Won-soo, who is former UN High

Representative for Disarmament Affairs and a Board

Member of the Centre.

Professor Myongsei Sohn of Yonsei University, who serves

as Executive Director of IGEE, also participated in a panel

discussion during the second plenary session focusing on

the digital era and the next civilized city. The audience

actively engaged in the discussions on topics including

transportation in smart cities and the reinforcement of road

safety, the importance of education in the field of sustainable

city planning, policy decision and solidarity, and the role of

technology needed for sustainable city.

SDG Inspiration Day with RELX Group in


“SDG Inspiration Day: The Power of Partnerships to

advance the SDGs” was hosted by BKMC partner RELX

Group in Zaandam near Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 6

November, 2018. The Centre’s Board Member Márcia

Balisciano, Director of Corporate Responsibility at RELX,

showcased the power of partnerships in working towards

the SDGs.

Since RELX Group launched the SDG Resource Center to

provide a free, interactive education platform curating

content related to sustainability research in June 2017, the

group has also organized “SDG Inspiration Day” events to

inspire more people with the goals and to help them inspire

others. As an early signatory of the UN Global Compact

(UNGC), RELX uses the SDGs to chart the participation of

businesses in achieving the goals.

During the event, the Centre participated in the partnership

fair, introducing its vision, mission, and work of the Centre

to the participants. During an “Expert Cafe workout

session”, people went around the round tables to exchange

ideas on how to advance the SDGs. Some of the discussion

topics included dealing with cultural gaps, addressing the

importance of education, building an effective partnership,

and empowering the young generation in Africa.

“Leaving No One Behind” World Disasters Report

2018 Launch

Millions of people living in crisis are not receiving the humanitarian

assistance they desperately need. Global issues need global solutions, and

global solutions must not leave anyone behind. This requires

strengthened partnerships in global policy-making that builds resilience

and reduces vulnerability of people. The World Disasters Report 2018

was launched by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red

Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Austrian Red Cross, the United Nations

Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), and the Ban Ki-moon Centre

for Global Citizens on 12 November, 2018, at the United Nations

Headquarters in Vienna .

The event featured Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, Chief Luc St-Pierre of Space

Applications at UNOOSA, President Annemarie Huber-Hotz of Swiss

Red Cross, Under Secretary-General Jemilah Mahmood of IFRC, and

Secretary-General Verner Kerschbaum of Red Cross Austria on the

panel. Entitled “Leaving No One Behind,” the World Disasters Report

2018 emphasizes that the international humanitarian sector must do

more to respond to the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people.


Photo: Ashraf Mahmoud/BMEIA

High-Level Political Forum on “Are International Treaties in Jeopardy?”

International treaties remain the principal tool to demonstrate the international community´s

willingness to resolve conflicts and to foster peace and security. Diplomacy and multilateral

negotiation continue to be the main mechanisms to overcome global issues that affect each and

every individual living on this planet. However, the multilateral treaty regime is currently under

strain globally as international commitments are eroding, treaties are disrespected, and

international agreements are ignored. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and

Foreign Affairs and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens co-organized a forum entitled

“Are International Treaties in Jeopardy?” in Vienna, Austria, on 13 November, 2018, exactly in a

phase of intensive public debate about national positioning on the UN Global Compact on

Migration but also worrisome developments around the INF Treaty, the Paris Climate Agreement

and the JCPOA. The forum facilitated open discussions on international treaties, agreements and

commitments and the rapidly changing status quo of the global society to seek global solutions for

global challenges.

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, BKMC Co-chair Heinz Fischer, and H.E. Ambassador

Thomas Hajnoczi, Head of Disarmament Department of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

as well as Ms. Mona Ali Khalil, former Senior Legal Officer with the UN Office of the Legal

Counsel, and Gerhard Hafner, Professor for International Law at the University of Vienna were

featured to comment on current challenges, outlooks and scenarios.

Growth in Transition Conference

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030 are the manifest of the vision

of a sustainable world. The “4th International Growth in Transition Conference” hosted by

Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 at the Austria Center Vienna on

14 November, 2018, featured Ban Ki-moon and focused on topic of how growth is possible while

at the same time making sustainable development the hallmark of this era. “Europe’s T

ransformation: Where People Matter” showed pathways for sustainable development and peaceful

prosperity of our planet to meet the challenges the world faces nowadays.

Launch of the World Energy Outlook 2018

Energy is an underlying enabler to the fulfilment of most of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Universal energy access, renewable energy and enhanced energy efficiency will be detriments for

peace and prosperity and global citizenship in the future. The Vienna launch of the World Energy

Outlook 2018 was hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in cooperation with Verbund

at the Technical University on 14 November,, 2018. Co-chair Ban Ki-moon spoke about the

perspectives on the energy future and global developments and acknowledged the IEA’s role in

tracking progress towards achieving SDG 7.

Photo: IEA

The Global Fight Against Corruption and the

Notion of Global Citizenship

Corruption is present in all countries, rich and poor, North and South, developed and developing,

and presents a significant obstacle to sustainable development globally. On 15 November, 2018,

both Co-chairs of the Ban Ki-moon Centre presented at a Colloquium held at the International

Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Vienna. The event, “The Global Fight Against Corruption

and the Notion of Global Citizenship,” focused on the role of different stake-holders and

individuals in combatting corruption and how global citizenship can be used as a tool. Participants

at the colloquium included Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives based in Vienna.

The conference featured Minister Elisabeth Köstinger of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability

and Tourism of Austria and Deputy Director-General Wolfgang Burtscher of the Research and

Innovation Department at the European Commission. After his keynote, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon

held a press conference with Minister Köstinger.


Photo: Yazan Majananini

Orange the World

Since 2015 the “Orange the World” campaign has taken place during the 16 Days of Activism

Against Gender-Based violence. From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of

Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the world’s most prominent

monuments and buildings light up in orange to raise awareness and to represent a brighter future,

free from violence against women and girls.

On 21 November, 2018, in Austria, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens hosted the launch

event of the Austria-based campaign. Co-chair Heinz Fischer spoke about the history of women’s

rights activism in Austria as 2018 was a symbolic year considering the status of women in Austria

marked the 100th anniversary of female suffrage. Co-chair Ban Ki-moon surprised the guests of

the event in a video message congratulating them on their efforts to fight against violence against

women and girls.

Throughout the 16 days, over 70 famous Austrian buildings and monuments were illuminated in

orange, ensuring that every region of Austria pays tribute to the cause. A success that hopes to be

repeated in 2019.

SDG Event with HRH Princess Victoria of Sweden

H.E. Ambassador Mikaela Kumlin Granit, Ambassador of Sweden invited experts to

Schwedenhaus on 29 November, 2018, upon the occasion of the visit of Her Royal Highness

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in Vienna. The Ban Ki-moon Centre CEO Monika Froehler

moderated event on the topic of “The 2030 Agenda – From Global Goals to Local

Implementation” featuring speaker Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia and a panel

featuring Director-General Li Yong of United Nations Industrial Development Organization

(UNIDO), Director-General Désirée Schweitzer of the Department for Development Cooperation

at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vice President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller of the Austrian Economic

Chambers and Director Monika Langthaler of the R20 Austrian World Summit. Experts from

Global Responsibility, Sustainable Energy for All, and the IKEA Foundation also shared their

expert insights on lessons learned and possibilities for improving the implementation of the SDGs.



Finance Overview

The Centre provides

transparent and detailed

financial and narrative

reports on its activities to its

donors complying to their

reporting requirements.

The Centre voluntarily

subjects itself to an audit

procedure by Grant Thornton

Audit. Grants are received on

the understanding that the

Centre’s reputation and the

integrity and confidentiality

of its work will not be put at


Sources of funds:

Governments: 74 %

Foundations: 12,3%

Private: 11,7%

Corporate: 2%

Financial year ended

31 Dec 2018 with expenses

amounting to 0.46 million

Euros covering:

staffing cost in Vienna,

consultancies, incidental

wage cost, office equipment,

office supplies, alimentation,

travel, rent, advertisement,

seminars, events, conferences,

maintenance, utilities,

cleaning, and bank fees.


As the Ban Ki-moon Centre heads into its

second year, the Co-chairs, Board and staff are

looking forward to a wide range of programmes,

engagements and projects. Along with

amplifying the diverse roles of the Centre’s

Co-chairs to highlight global citizenship and the

SDGs, the Centre plans to continue pursuing its

mission in collaboration with its Board members

and partners.

In February, during the first quarter of the year,

the Centre will host its third Board Meeting in

State of Kuwait (February 10-12, 2019). The

Board meeting will be attended by the Centre’s

Co-chairs as well as Board Members and will

focus on the year ahead with regards to

programmes and projects, finances, and planned


Following the Board meeting, the Centre will

co-host the second Global Engagement and

Empowerment Forum (GEEF) in Seoul, Korea,

in cooperation with its partner the Institute for

Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE)

at Yonsei University (14-15 February, 2019). The

Centre’s landmark forum will bring together

youth, academia, and various stake-holders in a

discussion surrounding the theme, “A Call to

Action: Empower People, Share Prosperity.” At

the GEEF, the Centre will host a session on

Women’s Empowerment which will feature

distinguished panelists such as Helen Clarke and

Irina Bokova.

Additionally, in February, the Centre will co-host

a workshop in Korea with UNESCO and

UNESCO APCEIU on, “Teaching and Learning

Responsible Transformative Engagement”

(February 16-17, 2019). The meeting will bring

together around 20 experts from the following

groups: policy-makers and government officials,

teachers and educators, youth leaders and

activists, and experts on transformative

engagement and education. The outcome of the

meeting will be the publication of a policy brief

summarizing the discussion for teaching

effective and responsible transformative

engagement, politically and in different contexts.

In March, the Ban Ki-moon Centre will

participate in the first International Symposium

on Youth Participation in Peace Processes to be

hosted by the Office of the Secretary-General’s

Envoy on Youth in Helsinki, Finland.

In the meantime, the work on Sustainable Cities

will be continued with Tsinghua University, The

Future Consensus Institute and other partners.

In August 2019, the Centre’s co-chairs and select

Board members will participant in the Political

Symposium of European Forum Alpbach 2019

in Austria. At the Forum, the Centre will host a

retreat in cooperation with the Austrian

Chancellery and other stakeholders. The Centre

also participated in the Forum during 2018 and

looks forward to joining again in 2019.

Additionally, the second annual Board Meeting

of the year will take place in Vienna, Austria,

following the engagements in Tirol at European

Forum Alpbach.

Programmatically, 2019 will see many new

projects for the Centre. Over the course of the

year, the Centre will launch new online courses

on global citizenship and the empowerment of

youth and women. These courses will help youth

and women grow as global citizens by offering

powerful skills and information on sustainable

development and how we can best pursue the

realization of the UN Agenda 2030.


Providing further Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen

scholarships and fellowships will also be a focus

in 2019. This will be done in partnership with the

governments of Kuwait, Korea, and Austria as

well as with European Forum Alpbach, the

Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, and other

partner organizations of the Ban Ki-moon

Centre. These scholarships will help youth and

women gain access to valuable educational

opportunities, where they will be given the

chance to develop as global citizens and leaders.

For the GEEF 2020, this year will see the

completion of four regional preparatory

meetings, one in Kuwait, one in Austria, one in

Kazakhstan, and one in Korea. These meetings

will be opportunities for the Board and the

Scientific Board of the Centre to prepare for the

upcoming Forum.

At the Centre, more local projects will continue

to be implemented, including a mentoring

project for Austrian Muslim women in

partnership with the Muslim Youth of Austria,

further cooperation with UN Women National

Committee Austria on the Orange the World

Campaign, and further events, workshops, and

breakfast hubs.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre staff will continue to

build on established partnerships and will do its

utmost to increase interest in the work of the

Centre, consolidate the network, build a bigger

followership and raise funds for continued work

in 2020 with meaningful deliverables of

programmes implemented in 2019.

Empower women and youth. Together for a

brighter future.

Photo: Laurent Ziegler


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