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Ruto makes special request to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024 10:21 | By
President Ruto holding talks with Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Seoul. PHOTO/@WilliamsRuto/X
President Ruto holding talks with Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Seoul. PHOTO/@WilliamsRuto/X

President William Ruto has made a significant move by reaching out to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

During his visit to the Korea-Africa Summit in Seoul, Ruto requested Ki-moon to join efforts in establishing the School of Leadership at the University of Nairobi. 

Ruto's request to Ban Ki-moon

According to Ruto, the University of Nairobi as an institution aims to cultivate specialized skills in crucial areas such as climate action, finance, and renewable energy, through its school of leadership.

“In Seoul, South Korea held talks with Mr Ban Ki-Moon, former United Nations Secretary-General. I urged Mr Ban to join the initiative on the establishment of the School of Leadership at the University of Nairobi which will focus on developing specialised skills in climate action and finance, and renewable energy,” Ruto said.

President Ruto holding talks with Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Seoul. PHOTO/@WilliamsRuto/X
President Ruto holding talks with Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Seoul. PHOTO/@WilliamsRuto/X

Ruto emphasized the growing importance of Africa as a substantial voice in climate action and financing, highlighting the need for targeted education and training in these vital fields. 

“Africa has become a significant voice in climate action and financing. To maintain this momentum, it is crucial for us to enhance our capacity in the various fields of expertise,“ he said.

The envisioned School of Leadership at the University of Nairobi is poised to play a pivotal role in equipping future leaders with the expertise and knowledge necessary to address pressing global challenges in climate change and sustainable finance.

The president says the establishment of this specialized school signifies a significant step towards enhancing Africa's influence and contribution to global initiatives in climate action and financial sustainability. 

Korea investing in Africa

President Yoon Suk Yeol announced this on Tuesday, June 5, 2024, stating that by 2030, the Republic of Korea will contribute 14 billion dollars in export financing and $10 billion in official development assistance (ODA) to Korean companies investing in Africa.

President Ruto holding talks with Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Seoul. PHOTO/@WilliamsRuto/X
President Ruto holding talks with Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Seoul. PHOTO/@WilliamsRuto/X

President Yoon stated this at the opening of the first Korea-Africa Summit in Seoul, attended by 25 African heads of state and government, along with the president of the African Development Bank Group.

There were 48 African countries represented at the summit by their presidents, kings, prime ministers, vice presidents, or ministers for a discussion on “The Future We Make Together: Shared Growth, Sustainability, and Solidarity.”

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