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It is my honor to sincerely and genuinely welcome all distinguished guests who participate in the 4th Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum (GEEF) in year 2022 – “REMEMBER OUR COMMON FUTURE.”

Due to the Post Covid 19, we are encountering the moment where we must overlook the future for all of us. Here, the necessity of discussing the future of the Social Development Goals (SDGs) in the era of Post Covid is rising with contemplating how the Sustainable Development Goals have historically been accomplished so far. Likewise, Yonsei University, as the one leading the SDGs, shall continue performing social engagement & empowerment required by the domestic and international society.

Therefore, we are truthfully expecting that we may settle a new strategy of the SDGs and discuss our new beginning for the common future of all humankind at the GEEF 2022 as a platform of international cooperation.

GEEF2022 Organizing Committee Chair

President of Yonsei University

Seoung Hwan Suh

Since 2018, the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum has served as a gathering place for leaders, experts, and activists to discuss contemporary challenges such as politics, the environment, human rights and the economy, all within the framework of sustainable development. This year’s topic “REMEMBER Our Common Future” is inspired by the Brundtland Report of 1987 of the same title and will consider the evolving concept of Sustainable Development and how it can be pursued in the present while not compromising the needs of future generations. As co-hosts of the forum, the BKMC is looking forward to intergenerational dialogues and a focus on the SDGs to build back better in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

GEEF2022 Organizing Committee Honorary Chair

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

The 11th President of Austria

Heinz Fischer