The Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat [Sold-Out]
Guests should arrive by 10:15 am to ensure timely entry into the venue
The Asia Society Policy Institute presents a special address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the crisis in Syria. The address will be followed by a conversation between the Secretary-General and Asia Society President and CEO Josette M. Sheeran
With the Syrian war now well into its fourth year, the international community faces fundamental choices with far-reaching implications for the future of the country, the region and global security. Against a backdrop of escalating violence and hardening divisions, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will speak about the many dimensions of the conflict and what it will take to end it.
Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. He has worked to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy, and water. He took office in 2007, and in 2011 he was unanimously re-elected and will continue to serve until 2016. At the time of his initial election, he was the Republic of Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His 37 years of service with the Ministry included worldwide postings and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning, and Director-General of American Affairs.
Josette M. Sheeran is the President and CEO of Asia Society. Previously, she served as Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum and as Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme. She has held senior positions in the U.S. government, including U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs.