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Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon elected as Kellogg Fellow

March 27, 2024

Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon elected as Kellogg Fellow

Ban Ki-moon, at UN Headquarters in New York.

Ban Ki-moon, who as UN Secretary General played a major role in securing the Paris Climate Agreement and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, has been elected as a Kellogg Fellow. Ban Ki-moon will visit Kellogg on 2 May 2024 to deliver a lecture on ‘Human Rights in a Fractured World’.

College President Professor Jonathan Michie said: “I’m thrilled that Ban Ki-moon has accepted this invitation to become a Fellow of the college. Few figures have had such a positive impact on the world stage as Ban Ki-moon, who has worked tirelessly towards enhancing human rights and fostering economic and social development.”

Ban Ki-moon is a South Korean diplomat and former foreign minister who served as the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016. Throughout his career, he has worked to mobilise international efforts to combat climate change and extreme poverty, seeking to make the world safer and more equitable. He is currently Deputy Chair of The Elders.

Ban Ki-moon commented: “I’m delighted to have been honoured by an Oxford College which shares my passions for social and environmental sustainability, tackling climate change and promoting international human rights.”

Kellogg’s Bynum Tudor Fellowship, awarded to Ban Ki-moon, was established in 2004 as part of Kellogg’s mission to engage with influential thinkers and experienced practitioners in business, policy-making, and culture. The fellowship recognises the contribution recipients have made to improving our world through their scholarship, personal dedication, and social influence. Previous recipients include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the current membership includes His Majesty King Charles III, who was honoured because of his commitment to environmental sustainability.

Ban Ki-moon will visit Kellogg on 2 May 2024 to deliver a lecture on ‘Human Rights in a Fractured World’. This event is open to members of Kellogg College and the University of Oxford, for more details see the event page.