Ban Ki-moon, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Bordeaux
Ban Ki-moon, the eighth General Secretary of the United Nations and Honorary Chair of the Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (Yonseï University), received the Doctor Honoris title and insignia from the University of Bordeaux on the 17th December 2018.
During the ceremony, speeches in honor of the former secretary general were given by professors Anne-Marie Tournepiche (professor of public law at the University of Bordeaux, specializing in international and European law, law of armed conflict and refugee law) and Sébastien Yves Laurent (professor of political science at the University of Bordeaux, specializing in security issues and international relations). The speeches concluded with Chayma Koucha, a student of the University of Bordeaux who is currently completing a Master degree in political science.
In front of a packed auditorium, Ban Ki-moon pronounced an acceptance speech that described his long-term and ongoing engagement in favor of gender equality, sustainable development and climate change awareness.
I wanted to lead by example
Ban Ki-moon — Former UN General Secretary, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Bordeaux
Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, elected for two terms from 2007 until 2016. In this role, his priority was to mobilize world leaders around new global challenges such as climate change, economic upheaval, increasing problems related to food, energy and water. His aim was to be a bridge-builder, to represent the poor and vulnerable and to strengthen the United Nations organization itself.
"I grew up during the war and in the aftermath, was witness to the great efforts of the UN in the recovery and reconstruction of my country. This experience strongly influenced my desire to pursue a career within the public service. As General Secretary, I was determined to see the UN produce concrete and significant results in favor of peace and human rights".
Source : UN website