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Kellogg Fellow Ban Ki-moon recognised with King Charles III Harmony Award

June 13, 2024

Former Secretary General of the United Nations and Fellow of Kellogg Ban Ki-moon has been awarded the inaugural King Charles III Harmony Award.

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Tuesday 11 June saw the first-ever King’s Foundation Awards at St James’s Palace, and The King Charles III Harmony Award, presented by His Majesty The King, went to Kellogg Fellow Ban Ki-moon.

The King Charles III Harmony Award is a special award given to an individual to recognise long-term outstanding commitment to, and support for, The King’s Foundation or The King’s philosophy more generally.

Ban Ki-moon was praised for a lifetime’s work of supporting a “sustainable relationship between people, planet and place on a local and global scale”.

The Kings Foundation Awards are set to become a regular opportunity to recognise and celebrate the work of the Foundation and its wider impact. The ceremony on Tuesday was attended by 250 guests including nominees, their families and guests, celebrity ambassadors and notable supporters and friends of the Foundation.

Ban Ki-moon, who as UN Secretary-General played a major role in securing the Paris Climate Agreement and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, is a Kellogg College Bynum Tudor Fellow, as is His Majesty King Charles III.

Mr Ban visiting Kellogg on 2nd-3rd May 2024 during which he attended a meeting of the College’s Commission on Sustainability Data, and delivered the Inaugural Lecture in what is to be a series of annual College Lectures on 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.

Watch Ban Ki-moon’s Kellogg lecture on Human Rights in a Fractured World.

Read more about the Kings Foundation Awards 2024.