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“Putting People and Planet at the Center” as its theme, the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development(GEEF) 2018 aims to serve as a platform of ideas for all stakeholders and to become the foundation for domestic and international cooperation. I am confident that GEEF will rise to a landmark forum for Sustainable Development, much as the Davos Forum has in the field of economics.
I urge all experts, businesses, and civil society from all corners of the globe to come and join us, as we endeavor together for a better world.

GEEF2018 Organizing Committee Chair

President of Yonsei University

Yong-Hak Kim

“For a better world for all!” This single sentence has been the driving motto during my tenure as Secretary-General of the United Nations. To ensure that we work to build a better world for all, the UN has adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, including climate change, as global indicators to monitor and evaluate our overall progress towards achieving such ambitious hope for our humanity.
The Institute of Global Engagement and Empowerment and the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens are co-hosting the 2018 Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum (GEEF), as part of our joint efforts to promote and ensure our pursuit of the SDGs and to create a global network for continued cooperation. With its basis in Asia, where 60% of the world’s population resides in the region, and is full of yet-untapped potential and possibilities, we firmly believe that GEEF will play an integral role as a catalyst to help achieve equitable, and truly universal development.

GEEF2018 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, Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens

Ban Ki-moon

Two years have passed since the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. I believe the time has come, where we once again ensure our continued focus on the goals and targets we’ve set and discuss ways forward to reach those goals.
The Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF) 2018 will be the gathering place for leaders in politics, economics, environment, and other sectors of society from around the globe to serve that end. Together we will present and discuss ideas that could lead us to a more comprehensive understanding of those diverse goals and targets affecting one another.
Beginning in 2018, I hope the GEEF will serve as an important cornerstone of making Sustainable Development Goals a true reality beyond our imagination and bringing many transformative changes in our national, regional and international communities.

GEEF2018 Organizing Committee Honorary Chair

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

11th President of Austria

Heinz Fischer