Protecting the Planet with Ban Ki-moon

11.30am – 12pm, Monday 1 November
Join us as former Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon shares his personal journey and gives his perspective on what can spark chain reactions to have positive impact on climate change.

About this event


As the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon´s priorities were to mobilise 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.

One of his first major initiatives was the 2007 Climate Change Summit, followed by extensive diplomatic efforts that have helped put the issue at the forefront of the global agenda. Ban also led the efforts for the Paris Climate Agreement, which entered into force in 2016. Countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and given the grave risks, to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Under Ban´s leadership in 2015, countries adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved until 2030 and to leave no one behind.

For this virtual event, Ban will be interviewed by CNBC presenter, Tania Bryer, and will answer questions about his legacy and how others can spark chain reactions posed by participating Imperial students and staff.

To register to watch the event, and to submit your own question on how to spark chain reactions, sign-up using the Eventbrite form below. You will be sent you very own access link once your registration is complete.

#ChainReactions2021 is open on Twitter. Send your written and video questions and we’ll select some to present to Ban Ki-Moon.

All of the above activities will support your progress towards the Imperial Award.


11.30am – Tania Bryer introduces series and presents biography of Ban Ki-moon
11.35am- Ban Ki-moon introduced
11.40am – Q&A session begins
12pm – Session closes

The CNBC x Imperial Chain Reactions Speaker Series is a great entry point for entrepreneurial teams and individuals who want to make change and understand what it takes to spark a change reaction that has a positive impact on the world.

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