Queen Mathilde meets former UN Secretary General

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians has met with the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The meeting took place in on Wednesday morning ahead of a seminar on “Innovative solutions for circular economy, sustainable mobility and climate change". Ban Ki-moon was UN Secretary General from 2007 until 2016. 

The seminar took place on the University of Ghent’s campus at Incheon, around 50 kilometres from the South Korean capital Seoul.

Queen Mathilde and Ban Ki-moon spoke briefly before both attending the seminar. The seminar opened with a speech by the Vice-Chancellor of Ghent University Rik Van de Walle.  

Next was a speech from Mr Ban in which he thanked the queen for her efforts as an advocate of the UN’s sustainable development. He added that Belgium was the first country he visited when he became UN Secretrary General in 2007.  

Queen Mathilde also spoke to a number of the university’s students. She then visited the Smart City Operation Center in the Songdo area of Incheon. Songdo is considered to be the world’s smarted city.

Meanwhile, King Filip took part in a business forum organised by the Belgian and South Korean employers’ federations.