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It is my honor to welcome everyone to the 2021 Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum (GEEF), titled “3Ps (Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership) Beyond Security.” Faced with the continuing challenges of COVID-19, it is now more important than ever that we support this growing platform to facilitate global partnerships and multilateral engagements which, accordingly, is the theme of this year’s forum. GEEF provides an open and inclusive stage for international cooperation and knowledge sharing and I am confident that through these discussions we will further our goal of common prosperity. As we build upon the productive sessions from previous years, I very much look forward to our innovative and critical discussions on global partnerships and sustainable development at GEEF 2021.

GEEF2021 Organizing Committee Chair

President of Yonsei University

Seoung Hwan Suh

Dear friends around the world, let us join together in our recovery towards a more sustainable and inclusive world. This past year, we have faced unprecedented challenges and obstacles. While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold devastation around the world, it also provides us with a generational opportunity to build back better and greener. Yonsei University, the Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE), the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens are co-hosting the 2021 Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum to promote global partnerships, multilateralism, and sustainable development. Our partners seek to facilitate a gathering of key stakeholders and actors to foster collaboration which will be the key to developing an inclusive people-centered recovery process. As vaccines begin its distribution and the world looks towards reopening its doors, we must work together to ensure that no one is left behind.

GEEF2021 Organizing Committee Honorary Chair

The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Honorary Chair of the Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment at Yonsei University

Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Ban Ki-moon

Since 2018, the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum has served as a gathering place for leaders in politics, economics, and environment and other sectors to join together and discuss ways towards sustainable development. In the face of COVID-19, the need for global collaboration is now greater than ever. The theme of GEEF 2021, “3Ps (Peace, Prosperity, and Partnerships) Beyond Security” focuses on the need for cooperation between countries and stakeholders when facing global challenges like COVID-19. Together, we will present and discuss ideas and ways to build a more resilient and sustainable society in the post-pandemic world. I believe that through GEEF, we will contribute to the process of rebuilding our communities and our world for the better.

GEEF2021 Organizing Committee Honorary Chair

Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

The 11th President of Austria

Heinz Fischer