Senate Honors Former UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon and Ratifies PH-Green Institute Deal

In this June 14, 2017, file photo, Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his hotel room in Madrid, Spain. Ki-moon is speaking at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston on Wednesday, June 28. AP File Photo
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In a unanimous decision, the Senate of the Philippines has adopted a resolution to honor the global contributions of former United Nations (UN) secretary general Ban Ki-moon. This commendation recognizes the exceptional leadership and achievements of the eighth UN chief, a veteran South Korean diplomat.

The resolution, introduced by Senate President Pro-tempore Lorna Regina “Loren” Legarda, highlights Ban Ki-moon’s visionary leadership in shaping the global landscape. It acknowledges his efforts in advocating and mobilizing world leaders and parliaments for the adoption of various landmark projects, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda emphasizes the importance of collective action to address poverty, hunger, inequality, climate crisis, and other pressing issues facing humanity.

Accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo and South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Lee Sang-hwa, Ban Ki-moon personally received the commendation at the Senate. The presence of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who expressed his support for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) headed by Ban, further underscored the significance of this event.

It is worth noting that the ratification of the agreement between the Philippines and the GGGI was also adopted by the senators. This agreement establishes the GGGI Office in the country, further promoting sustainable development initiatives.

Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the Philippines coincided with his participation in the Asian Development Bank’s Eminent Speakers’ Forum. His presence in the country is not new, as he previously visited Tacloban province in December 2013 to assess the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

During his two terms as UN secretary general from January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2016, Ban Ki-moon demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter. His legacy includes his decisive efforts to address climate change, which have left a lasting impact.

One of Ban’s first major initiatives was the 2007 Climate Change Summit, which showcased his leadership in the lead-up to the historic 2015 Paris Agreement. This landmark accord brought nations together for collective action to combat climate change and limit global temperature rise.

The commendation by the Philippine Senate serves as a testament to Ban Ki-moon’s global contributions and his dedication to creating a better and more sustainable world. It recognizes his role in shaping international policies and mobilizing nations towards a common goal.

As we reflect on Ban Ki-moon’s achievements, it is clear that his visionary leadership and tireless efforts have made a significant impact on the global stage. His legacy will continue to inspire future leaders and drive international cooperation for a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Source: The Manila Times

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