Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) and The Korea Society
June 15, 2021, 9:00 am EDT to 10:00 am EDT
Trygve Lie, the United Nations’ first Secretary-General, described it in 1952 as “the most impossible job on earth.” By the time South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon was elected the UN’s 8th Secretary-General in 2006, the organization’s mission of advancing international peace and security had become even more difficult. In addition to traditional threats posed by inter-state disputes, transnational risks ranging from terrorism to environmental degradation demanded UN leadership.
Secretary-General Ban’s two terms in office also coincided with growing global recognition that the consequences of shared challenges would only intensify in the decades ahead. And that injustices such as gender inequality were intrinsically tied to broader issues such as climate change. His new book, “Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World,” is a candid assessment of the UN’s role in mobilizing a global response, including the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
KEI and the Korea Society will host Secretary-General Ban for a wide-ranging discussion about his extraordinary life journey from the Korean War to becoming the top South Korean diplomat to the world’s top diplomat as UN head, the potential and limitations of the UN, and the daunting challenges facing us now.
“Resolved” will be released on June 15, the day of the event. You can pre-order the book from the Columbia University Press website with a special 30 percent discount code, which you will receive when you register for the event.
The event will be livestreamed via Zoom and on KEI’s YouTube channel. Please send any questions for Secretary-General Ban to Yong Kwon at yk[at]keia.org by Monday, June 14, 2021.
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His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ambassador (ret) Kathleen Stephens, President and CEO, Korea Economic Institute of America
Thomas Byrne, President, The Korea Society