Austria’s ex-president: Development center formed with Kuwaiti support

Kuwait has made profound and tangible contributions towards ensuring that Austria’s “Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens” sees the light of day, the European nation’s former president said Tuesday.

Heinz Fischer, who co-chairs the Vienna-based independent organization along with former United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, expressed his gratitude to Kuwait for the country’s efforts to support sustained development all over the globe.

He pointed out that Kuwait is funding the center’s USD one million worth of activities, saying that the Gulf country, along with South Korea and Austria are the “pillars of an organization that seeks to disseminate the culture of peace.” “We strive for objectivity and impartiality in all of our works to ensure concrete results,” Fischer added.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s ambassador to Austria and its permanent envoy to international organizations Sadiq Marafie told KUNA that the center is playing an increasingly significant role.

He revealed that Kuwait and the organization plan to join forces with the common goal of creating a more developed and peaceful world, in which sound education and equal opportunities abound. The Kuwaiti envoy stressed that his country will continue to support the center, a brainchild of the former UN secretary general, to make sure that all of its objectives come to fruition.

Though still in its infancy, the “”Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens” aims to engage with leaders and international organizations to root out conflicts and build a more prosperous future.

Source: Kuwait News Agency