The Council of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has elected Dr Ban Ki-moon, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, as President of the Assembly and Chair.
Ki-moon will begin his two-year term in office as GGGI’s President and Chair on February 20, 2018, taking over from H.E. Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
“Under Mr. Ban’s leadership, governments of the world agreed on concrete goals and targets necessary for achieving a more sustainable and inclusive future,” said Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General of GGGI.
“The Climate Change targets agreed under the Paris Agreement and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are rightly recognized among the world’s greatest diplomatic successes.
“His vision and leadership will help GGGI deliver even greater impact in our mission supporting Member governments to achieve the ambitions set out under the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.”
While serving two consecutive terms as Secretary General of the UN between 2007 and 2016, Ki-moon sought to be a bridge builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, and to make the organization more transparent and effective.
He worked closely with member states of the UN to shape the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to establish UN Women, thereby advancing the UN’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Ki-moon has also taken major efforts to strengthen UN peace operations, protect human rights, improve humanitarian response, prevent violent extremism and revitalize the disarmament agenda.
“I’m delighted to have been elected as the new President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of GGGI and am willing to contribute to promoting green growth and sustainable development around the world. I will also try my best to fulfil the expectations of the international community in this regard,” he said.