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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to speak at SIU-C Dec. 21

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who leaves office at the end of the month, will deliver his last public lecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

SG speaks to the media after delivering remarks on his 2016 priorities for the organization

Ban will speak at 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center ballrooms. The event is free and open to the public, and doors will open at 10 a.m. A reception will follow in the International Lounge.


The secretary-general will talk, in part, about “What I Have Learned and Would Like to Pass On.” SIU officials suggested the topic after learning this will be his final public appearance. Co-sponsors of Ban’s visit are the Office of the Chancellor, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and the United Nations Association-USA Southern Illinois Chapter.


“We are honored that the secretary-general accepted our invitation,” Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell said  . “I believe he did so because of our strong reputation as a national research university, our rich history of embracing international education, and the important work of the Simon Institute and the United Nations Association-USA Southern Illinois Chapter.”