The Secretary-General will discuss progress in fighting world poverty and the UN´s role in building and maintaining peace and security.
Mr. Ban Ki-moon took office as Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 January 2007. He was born in the Republic of Korea on 13 June 1944. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served 37 years in various capacities with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea and was at the time of his election as Secretary-General his country´s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, will make opening remarks. Ms. Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, Rector of the University of Iceland, will moderate the discussion. The meeting is hostet jointly by the University of Iceland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The United Nations Association of Iceland. It takes place in English.
Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself. Further information on Ban Ki-moon and his vision can be found on the United Nations‘ website.
Ban Ki-moon visit to Iceland is by the invitation of Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs. Ki-moon will, furthermore, have meetings with the President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and the Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. On Ki-moon’s agenda is a visit to Althing and Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant; where he will study geothermal exploitation in Iceland. He will get acquainted with the United Nations Universities in Iceland as well as the impact of climate change on Icelandic glaciers.
The lecture is open to all
Source: University of Iceland