Connections E-Newsletter Issue 18, May - June 2015  

Activities
 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Visits Republic of Korea
18 - 22 May 2015, Republic of Korea 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Republic of Korea from 18 to 22 May, and the ENEA Office gave support to his delegation in areas of protocols, communications and IT services. In particular, Director of the ENEA Office, Mr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, served on Mr. Ban’s delegation throughout the week for all the activities the Secretary-General had in the ROK.

The main purpose of Mr. Ban’s visit was to open the World Education Forum, attend other meetings of global significance, and meet with the leaders of the ROK, including President Park Geun-hye. Immediately upon his arrival in ROK on 18 May, Mr. Ban met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, having a two-day official visit in Seoul, to discuss climate change and sustainable development. 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opens the World Education Forum 2015 in Songdo, Republic of Korea.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opens the World Education Forum 2015 in Songdo, Republic of Korea. 
 
On 19 May, Secretary-General Ban opened the World Education Forum that UNESCO and the government of ROK jointly hosted in Songdo. “Everything I am, I owe to education”, said Mr. Ban. He stressed the importance of education, saying that educated young people can defeat violent extremism and other kinds of threats to humanity. He also added that one dollar invested in education can generate up to 15 dollars in economic gain. The full text of the questions directed to the Secretary-General and his answers given at the World Education Forum press conference are available here.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon receives an honorary doctorate degree in Women’s Studies from Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea. (Photo Courtesy of the Office of Spokesperson for the Secretary-General)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon receives an honorary doctorate degree in Women’s Studies from Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea. (Photo Courtesy of the Office of Spokesperson for the Secretary-General)

Mr. Ban, known for his strong advocacy for gender equality and empowering women, received an honorary Doctorate degree in Women’s Studies from Ewha Womans University. Accepting the honorary degree on behalf of the billions of women in the world who deserve greater empowerment, dignity and rights, the Secretary-General said that the world should achieve a 50:50 gender equality by 2030. (See Mr. Ban’s remarks given at the university.)


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pays a courtesy call on ROK President Park Geun-hye. (Photo courtesy of Yonhap News Agency) 

During his meetings with the leaders of ROK, including the President and lawmakers, the Secretary-General called for the country’s continued support and contributions towards the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the global efforts to tackle climate change and violent extremism. At the National Assembly of the ROK, Mr. Ban underlined the important role it has to make progress on gender equality and empowering of women. While meeting with President Park Geun-hye, the Secretary-General suggested that the ROK should pay attention to the global refugee crisis, as the Republic of Korea today has 1 million immigrants living in the country and, therefore, is not foreign to the issue of immigrant and refugee settlement.  

 
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