UN Secretary-General António Guterres' message to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ban Ki-moon Global Education Institute

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, sent the following message to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ban Ki-moon Global Education Institute that took place on 11 July 2017 at Handong Global University--the UNAI hub for capacity-building in higher education.

"I am pleased to greet all those attending the ground-breaking ceremony for the Ban Ki-moon Global Education Institute.

The opportunity to enjoy an inclusive and equitable quality education is a prerequisite for improving lives and ensuring sustainable development.

For that reason, Ban Ki-moon, my distinguished predecessor as Secretary-General of the United Nations, focused unceasing attention on access to education, quality of education, and global citizenship to forge more just, peaceful, and tolerant societies. He also founded the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative to align institutions of higher education with the United Nations in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.

The new Institute has an important role to play by developing and sharing a framework for such education.

I am grateful that long-time UNAI member Handong Global University continues to serve as the UNAI global hub for capacity-building in higher education systems. In founding the new Institute, Handong Global University and UNAI Korea are proving their common commitment to fostering dialogue and mutual understanding among researchers, students, educators and civil society.

In this spirit, I offer my best wishes as the Ban Ki-moon Global Education Institute begins its vital work.  Thank you for your commitment to the ideals and objectives of the United Nations."