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Making the World Better for Future Generations

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2020 Laureate

Ban Ki-moon
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Ban Ki-moon became the first South Korean to become the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2006, successfully serving two terms and contributing greatly to peace.

Ban Ki-moon greatly raised the alarm on the seriousness of climate change and led the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, a monumental measure in human history. During his term as Secretary -General, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted as global goals to be pursued together by all nations in the world as a masterplan for humanity’s common prosperity He also contributed greatly to implementing global strategies for the advancement of gender equality and children’s health.

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Successful implementation of global action on climate change through the Paris Agreement

 

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon played a pivotal role in adoting the Paris Agreement, a global measure against climate change. The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, is a climate agreement in which 197 countries joined in committing to curb greenhouse gas emissions within this century, with a comprehensive long-term goal of eliminating human-generated greenhouse gas production.

 

Former Secretary-General Ban displayed remarkable leadership behind-the-scenes, covering the distance from the North to the South Pole to travel all around the world urging world leaders to make the decision to successfully implement the historical climate agreement where all countries, rich and poor, join the fight against climate change.

 

Furthermore, he succeeded in lobbying 55 countries for the agreement to take effect in less than a year. His efforts led Foreign Policy, a prominent American news publication that focuses on global affairs, to select him as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers
of 2016.


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Presentation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a master plan for the future mutual prosperity of humankind

 

At the 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly, then UN Secretary-General Ban presented and gained the unanimous adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a master plan to realize mutual prosperity of humankind by 2030. The SDGs, consisting of 17 goals for sustainable development of the global community, is a comprehensive and global cooperation agenda for countries to alleviate common threats to sustainable development such as polarization of economy and society, social inequality, and destruction of environment, in addition to the traditional tasks of the UN such as fighting poverty and ending hunger. Ban drew as much participation and consensus as possible from the heads of member states to adopt the development agenda to create a world where no one is left behind,


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Promotion of gender equality and human rights

 

Former Secretary-General Ban has made it an important task to advance the fundamental human rights of humanity from the early days of his tenure, especially the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality. In 2010, Ban launched UN Women by merging several committees related to women’s rights registered in the UN. His advocacy efforts also include initiatives and campaigns such as “UNiTE to End Violence against Women,” “Stop Rape Now,” “Network of Men Leaders,” and “Special Representatives on Sexual Violence in Conflict.”


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During my ten-year tenure as United Nations Secretary-General, I strived to execute my global leadership by leveraging the power of partnerships and promoting the spirit of global citizenship.

I have met so many world leaders, so many business leaders, so many civil society leaders. I have seen very few leaders who are possessed with global citizenship with a global vision. We have to foster our youth, young generation, women and young so that they can become global leaders with a global vision. That is my earnest hope.

As such, I’ve been trying my best efforts, even after my retirement from the United Nations, for almost the same things that I used to do at the United Nations – promoting human rights, promoting civil society’s participation, climate change and Sustainable Development Goals.

We must work together that all the people in this world should be able to enjoy a better future.

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Ban Ki-moon

  • Born
    June 13, 1944
  • Country
    Republic of Korea
  • Awarded for
    Negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement
    Proposing the Sustainable Development Goals
    Advancing gender equality

Academic Background

  • Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (USA)

  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Seoul National University (South Korea)

Honarary Degrees

  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Maryland (UMCP)

  • Honorary Doctorate, Loyola Marymount University (USA)

  • Honorary Doctorate of Law, Cambridge University (England)

  • Honorary Doctorate in Women's Studies, Ewha Womans University (South Korea)

  • Honorary Doctorate, Nanjing University (China)

  • Honorary Doctorate, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Russia)

  • Honorary Doctorate, Bordeaux University (France)

  • Honorary Doctorate, Fairleigh Dickinson University (USA)

  • Honorary Doctorate of Diplomacy, Seoul National University (South Korea)

  • Honorary Doctorate, National University (Singapore)

Professional Background

  • 2019

    Present Chair of the Presidential Committee on the National Council to deal with Particulate Matter

  • 2019-Present Board Chairman, Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future

  • 2018-Present Deputy Chair of the Elders

  • 2018-Present Chair of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

  • 2018-Present Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

  • 2018-Present Chair of the Boao Forum for Asia

  • 2017-Present Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission (IOC)

  • 2017-Present Honorary President of Yonsei University's Global Social Contribution Institute and Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development

  • 2007-2016 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • 2004-2006 33rd Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of South Korea

  • 2003-2004 Foreign Policy Advisor at the Presidential Office

  • 2002 Ambassador to the Foreign Ministry

  • 2001-2003 Chief of Staff to the 56th President of the UN General Assembly

  • 2000- 2001 Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • 1998-2000 Ambassador to Austria and Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna

  • 1996 Presidential Secretary for Protocol

  • 1996 First Vice Foreign Minister

  • 1996 Presidential Secretary for Foreign Affairs and National Security

  • 1996 Chief Foreign Policy Officer

  • 1995 Director-General for Foreign Policy Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • 1992 Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • 1990 Director-General of the Foreign Ministry's Bureau of American Affairs

  • 1987 Consul General, Embassy to the U.S.

  • 1985 Secretary of State for Protocol at the Prime Minister's Office

  • 1980 Chief of United Nations Division and the Department of Foreign Affairs

  • 1976 First Secretary, Embassy to India

  • 1970 Entry into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Awards

  • 2017 Order of Civil Merit Mugunghwa Medal

  • 2016 100 Leading Global Thinkers (Foreign Policy Magazine)

  • 2016 Legion of Honour (French President)

  • 2015 Republic of Korea Red Cross Humanitarian Award

  • 2014 Tipperary International Peace Award (Republic of Ireland)

  • 2014 Humanitarian of the Year (Harvard Foundation)

  • 2014 Distinguished Seoul National University Award

  • 2012 11th Seoul Peace Prize

  • 2012 Distiniguished International Leadership Award (Atlantic Council)

  • 2010 UCLA Medal

  • 2009 Order of Civil Merit Mugunghwa Medal

  • 2009 Sustainable Development Leadership Award (New Delhi Summit)

  • 2008 Grand Cross of the Order of Sikatuna (Philippines)

  • 2008 Rotary International Award of Honor

  • 2007 9th Gwanak Grand Prize Honor Sector (Seoul National University)

  • 2007 First Innovation Award (Pony Chung Foundation)

  • 2006 Magazine's Person of the Year Award

  • 2006 Order of Service Merit (Government of South Korea)

  • 2006 Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun (Peru)

  • 2004 James A. Van Fleet Award (Korea Society)

  • 2002 Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco (Brazil)

  • 2001 Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Star (Austria)

  • 1986 Order of the Red Star (Merit of Service, Korea)

  • 1975 Nokjogunjeong Medal of Honor (4th class, Merit of Service, Korea)

Recognitions

  • 2016 Top 100 Global thinkers (Foreign Policy Magazine)

  • 2013 #32 World’s most powerful people (Forbes Magazine)

Videos

  • 수상자 연설 썸네일 1
    Acceptance Speech by Ban Ki-moon, 2020 Award Ceremony
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    Awarding of Medal and Plaque to Ban Ki-moon
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    A Leader Striving for a Sustainable Earth - Ban Ki-moon
Sunhak Peace Prize

Future generations refer not only to our own physical descendants
but also to all future generations to come.

Since all decisions made by the current generation will either positively
or negatively affect them, we must take responsibility for our actions.