IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens held a joint colloquium at the Academy’s Laxenburg campus on Thursday on “The Global Fight against Corruption and the Notion of Global Citizenship”. The speakers were Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations Secretary-General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre, Heinz Fischer, former Federal President of Austria and Co-chair of the Centre, and Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary.
In the audience were ambassadors and other prominent members of the diplomatic community, Austrian officials, including from the Constitutional Court and the municipality of Laxenburg, senior figures from Austria-based international organizations, members of IACA’s governing organs, IACA students and alumni, and staff from IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre.
Discussion focused on the state of anti-corruption efforts in the current global context, especially in connection with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Promoting the notion of global citizenship is a crucial tool to educate new generations and instil in them the importance of transparency and anti-corruption. There is no room or time for corruption to persist and delay our efforts to fulfil the SDGs. We should work together to make this world a better world,” Ban Ki-moon emphasized.
“Corruption is a poison for the economy and puts democracy in danger. If you want to build a successful society, and aim for a state to be structured on the basis of law, one has to fight corruption,” Heinz Fischer observed.
“There is still a way to go in addressing issues of corruption. What’s important is extending knowledge, focusing on implementation, and encouraging ownership. We need to have the courage of using our own understanding to achieve the common good,” Martin Kreutner concluded.
The colloquium was the first joint activity between IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that the two organizations signed in August.
The MoU sets a framework for potential collaboration in anti-corruption education, training, research, and capacity- and institution-building, including through empowering women and youth.
The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an international non-profit organization recognized as a Quasi-International Organization with affiliated offices and institutes in Vienna, New York, Seoul, and Almaty. The Centre is focusing on empowering youth and women in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.
It is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.