BAN-KI-MOON SPECIAL LECTURE
Wed-01 Jul | 12:45 – 13:30
In April 2019, Mr. Ban has been elected as the Chairman of Presidential National Council to deal with Particulate Matter. Currently, he is the Distinguished Chair Professor and Honorary Chairman at the Institute of Global Engagement & Empowerment at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Since February 2018, he has been elected as the President of the Assembly & Chair of the Council of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
Prior to such appointments, Mr. Ban has served two consecutive terms as the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016).
Throughout his tenure at the UN, Mr. Ban strove to be a bridge builder, to give voice to the worlds poorest and the most vulnerable people, and to make the Organization more transparent and effective. He has pressed successfully for action to combat climate change- an effort that culminated in the adoption and rapid entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement in 2016. Mr. Ban has worked closely with member states of the UN to shape the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to establish UN Women and to strengthen UN peace operations.
At the time of his appointment at the UN, Mr. Ban has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. He served in the Ministry for 37 years including postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C., and Vienna, and responsibilities for a variety of portfolios. Mr. Ban has also been involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations by serving as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.