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.
Seminars & Special Lectures
The Ban Ki-moon Center played a major role in creating the online course Sustainable Development in the 21st Century with Ban Ki-moonwhich is designed as an introductory course on the SDGs. The center also frequently hosts numerous lectures and seminars on SDGs. For the latest information on lectures and seminars, please check our Events and Lectures sections.
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.
Yonsei Social Engagement Survey & Social Resource Bank
As a first step to identify, utilize and link academic and human resources available in Yonsei University, the Ban Ki-moon Center conducted the Yonsei Social Engagement Survey to find out which projects done by Yonsei University professors and researchers are related to the SDGs. By regularly pooling the data on Yonsei’s research and educators, the center will create Social Resource Bank which will act as a portal to connect academic expertise with field work and other needs on the ground.
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
Working together with Yonsei professors and the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the center is close to launching the SDG City Index project to develop an objective and reliable index that measures the status of the SDGs on a local scale and to serve as a reference to plan an effective implementation strategy to achieve the SDGs by the year 2030. Tracking certain SDGs, targets and indicators, as well as analyzing policy implications, the SDG City Index will supplement other SDG monitoring systems that already exist and provide officials and policy-makers with additional tools to monitor their SDG implementation process.