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“It is my great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2019 Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF): A Call to Action: Empower People, Share Prosperity. As the second annual event, GEEF 2019 continues to grow as a platform for domestic and international cooperation. I am confident that GEEF 2019 is the perfect place where the process on sustainable development is monitored and future plans are proposed. I believe that GEEF will carry on with its success from last year as a landmark for the sustainable development’s progression. Therefore, I urge your participation and engagement to join our journey towards leading the way for a better world.

GEEF2019 Organizing Committee Chair

President of Yonsei University

Yong-Hak Kim

“Leaving no one behind.” This single sentence signifies the world’s continuous commitment and recognition as the dignity of each individual is fundamental and the UN’s adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 targets should be met for all nations and people and for all segments of our society. The Institute of Global Engagement and Empowerment, the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens, Seoul Metropolitan Government, and Korea International Cooperation Agency are co-hosting the 2019 Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum (GEEF), as part of our joint efforts to create a global network to strengthen our global partnership and continue our pursuit of the SDGs. As the 17 SDGs emphasize the 2030 Agenda’s five key elements (planet, people, prosperity, peace, and partnership), also known as the 5P’s, we firmly believe that GEEF will continue to play as a frontrunner that all stakeholders and actors can meet together, collaborate, and further the progress of not only SDGs but also the progress of a people-centered development.

GEEF2019 Organizing Committee Honorary Chair

The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

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

Co-Chair of Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens

Ban Ki-moon

Last year’s Global Engagement & Empower Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF) 2018 was not only considered as a successful event but also the gathering place where our collective focus, commitment, and passion on sustainable development as global partners were evident. In this year, GEEF 2019 has the theme “A Call to Action: Empower People, Share Prosperity” and continues its role as a cornerstone for all key stakeholders to engage, present, and discuss innovative ideas and plans that could lead progress towards the humankind advancements and sustainable development. As the second annual event, I believe that GEEF will continue to collaborate all countries and stakeholders together as global partners, realize their upbringings and potential as global citizens, and contribute to the process of transforming our communities, countries, and the world.

GEEF2019 Organizing Committee Honorary Chair

Co-Chair of Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens

11th President of Austria

Heinz Fischer

 




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