A new centre for global developments “the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens” has been inaugurated today in the city of Vienna, Austria, by the former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
The aim of the centre is to tackle global challenges of youth and women empowerment including education, poverty, peace and conflict resolution. Youth accounts for 50% of the world total population, 7.6 billion, of which 50% are women. The inauguration ceremony was attended by many officials in the city of Vienna, including former Austrian President, Dr. Heinz Fischer, who is also a co-chair of the centre, the Foreign Minister of Austria, and ambassadors of various countries.
From youth empowerment and poverty eradication to climate change, the centre will be the hub where the immense experience of the former UN Secretary-General will be utilised to help the world achieve sustainable developments. As its name suggests “Global Citizens”, the centre will focus on empowering youth to act as global citizens to solve the challenges faced by humanity while supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are many SDGs which are directly, or indirectly, related to energy systems including SDG7, Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG13, Climate Action.
The centre is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and it will have offices in both South Korea and Kuwait. The centre’s mission is built upon four primary pillars; leadership, mediation, advocacy, and education. The centre will be a global hub engaging academia, governments, NGOs, and youth leaders, to work on global solutions while encouraging universities to integrate the “Global Citizenship” philosophy into their curricula.
The centre includes major youth stakeholders on its donors and partners list including the International Olympic Committee, UNESCO, and it will continue to seek additional partners in the course of achieving its mission, as stated Mr. Ban Ki-moon.