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Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced as PAS 2018 keynote speaker

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:00
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Under the theme ‘Building Bridges, Connecting People: How Collaboration Creates Opportunities’, the PATA Annual Summit (PAS) 2018 provides tourism professionals with the big ideas, skills and personal connections they need to strengthen their business and build a more powerful tourism sector together.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is proud to announce that former Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, is set to be the opening keynote speaker at PAS 2018.

Mr. Ban sought to give voice to the world’s poorest and vulnerable people by putting Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, and gender equality at the top of the UN agenda.

He held office from January 2007 to December 2016. In 2011, Mr. Ban was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly for a second mandate. His first major initiative as UN Secretary-General was the 2007 Climate Change Summit, which was followed by extensive diplomatic efforts to put the issue at the top of the global agenda.

Mr. Ban has also been a tenacious advocator for the world’s main anti-poverty targets, the Millennium Development Goals. He generated more than $60 billion in pledges, with a special emphasis on Africa and the new Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health.

Furthermore, he was the promoter for the creation of UN Women. His advocacy for women’s rights and gender equality led him to launch the "Unite to End Violence against Women" campaign, the "Stop Rape Now" initiative, the creation of a "Network of Men Leaders" and the establishment of a new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Within the UN itself, Mr. Ban has increased by 40% the number of women in senior management, reaching the highest level in the Organisation’s history.

PAS 2018 speakers include The Honourable Edmund Bartlett, C.D., M.P., Minister of Tourism of Jamaica as well as leaders, pioneers, and senior executives from Planeterra Foundation, BBC World News, Uber, Capilano University, oBike, TripAdvisor, SheTrades, IATA and more.

Under the theme ‘Building Bridges, Connecting People: How Collaboration Creates Opportunities’, the PATA Annual Summit (PAS) 2018 provides tourism professionals with the big ideas, skills and personal connections they need to strengthen their business and build a more powerful tourism sector together.

Simultaneous translation (English to Korean) will be provided for local delegates throughout the conference as well as the UNWTO/PATA Leaders Debate.

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