Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum 2019
Video Credits: IGEE Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment
From 14th of February to 15th, Yonsei university hosted a forum on sustainable development dubbed ‘global engagement & empowerment forum.’ The forum convened global leaders from the private and public sectors; experts, policymakers, members of academia, ( just to name but a few) to shape and advance discussions on key development issues. It served as a platform for all stakeholders to collaborate towards accomplishing the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The opening ceremony was presided by Kim Yong-Hak, President of Yonsei University; Heinz Fischer,11th President of Austria & Lee Mi-Kyung, President of KOICA- who gave opening remarks. The Keynote speeches were then given by Hon. Sebastian KURZ Chancellor of Austria and Hon. Park Won-soon Mayor of Seoul.
The forum was a mix of several plenary sessions that covered myriad topics ranging from health, women empowerment, Sustainability & future cities, inter-Korean Economic Cooperation, desertification, financing SDGs, technology for future cities, academia and partnerships for SDG implementation, among others.
Other key presenters and discussants were Hon. Ban Ki-Moon, 8th UN Secretary-General; Ms Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA; Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President of World Bank Group; Helen Clark- former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Irina Bokova 10th Director-General of UNESCO, and many other influential leaders.
The forum was successful in its mission of promoting the gathering of stakeholders and actors to meet together, collaborate, and further the progress of not only SDGs but also the progress of people-centred development, as part of the 2030 Agenda’s five key elements: planet, people, prosperity, peace, and partnership.
In addition to Yonsei University, the forum was co-hosted by the Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, KOICA, and the Seoul Institute.