Named after the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development was established in 2017 along with IGEE.
Ban Ki-moon decided to join Yonsei University’s efforts for sustainable development
because he believes universities play a vital role in tackling climate change and other global challenges through education, research, academic resources, and field activities.
The Ban Ki-moon Center focuses on exploring effective and lasting solutions to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030.
Forum & Lectures
The Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development hosts Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum(GEEF) annually as an only platform for tackling SDGs in university level in Korea. In 2020, we are conducting knowledge and experience sharing regarding Republic of Korea's response against COVID-19 pandemic situation toward the world. The Ban Ki-moon Center played a major role in training global citizens by creating the courses. 「Understanding Sustainable Development with Ban Ki-moon」 is under operation for enhancing unversity student's SDG awarness. Moreover, the online course is established in open format. Sustainable Development in the 21st Century with Ban Ki-moon which is designed as an introductory course on the SDGs.
Social Engagement Fund (SEF)
To support a wide range of research activities that contribute to achieving the SDGs, the Social Engagement Fund (SEF) program was launched in July of 2018. Students and researchers around the world were called to submit research and project proposals that placed emphasis on implementing and evaluating the impact of the SDGs, which can also result in a tangible output on top of knowledge alone. The entries were screened by a number of expert panels. As a result, two student teams were awarded $5,000 each and three researcher teams won $10,000 each for their year-long projects. In all, $40,000 in grants were given out to support SDGs-related research. SEF was made possible by a private donation. Three student teams are supported through SEF(15 million KRW) in 2019 and they are accumulating data and knowledge in field for promoting achievement of SDG 1, 3, 4, 5, 10.
Partnerships & Collaboration
The center’s growing international network of partners include its two sister organizations: the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, Austria and the Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable Development at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Kazakhstan. The three institutions agreed to bring together their unique and complementary sets of expertise to collaborate toward furthering the SDGs. The Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development also teams up with NGOs and other organizations in various projects. The center’s collaborating organizations include the United Nations, the World Bank, the United Nations Population Fund, the Korea International Cooperation Agency and the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea.
SDGs Monitoring System
The Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development conducts SDG reporting for monitoring how Yonsei University's activities(Curricular, Extra-curricular, Academic, Reasearch, Administration, Research) commits 17 SDGs through the working group. And based on this task, we are also trying to enhance SDG awareness throughout the campus.