Christine Cox | August 30, 2018
Ban Ki-moon, who served as eighth secretary-general of the United Nations, will deliver the lecture “The United Nations and Global Citizenship” on Sept. 12 (Wednesday) for the third Asia Leadership Forum at the University of Notre Dame. Sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the free event starts at 6 p.m. in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Following the lecture, Sara Sievers, associate dean for policy and practice at the Keough School of Global Affairs, will speak with Ban about his career and current work. John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary International, will moderate the event.
Tickets are sold out. However, a video board at Midfield Commons in the Duncan Student Center will broadcast the event. Reserved tickets may be picked up one hour prior to the event. All unclaimed tickets will be released 15 minutes before the start of the event.
“It is a singular honor to host Secretary Ban for our Asia Leadership Forum,” said Michel Hockx, director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. “An inspiring humanitarian, he has boldly addressed critical challenges of our time: climate change, poverty, gender inequality and global health crises. This type of leadership — for the greater good of the world — reflects the mission of the Liu Institute, the Keough School and the University.”
A citizen of South Korea, Ban served as secretary-general from 2007 to 2016. He was the first East Asian elected to the U.N.’s top role. Ban attributed his interest in international cooperation to turbulent life experiences. “I grew up in war and saw the United Nations help my country to recover and rebuild,” he has said. “That experience was a big part of what led me to pursue a career in public service.”
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