On Tuesday, Seth Bogner, ARI Institute board member and US Executive Director, met with the staff of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. This meeting was a follow up to the meeting in September with the Deputy Secretary General Dr. Asha Rose Migiro. Mr. Bogner presented the Ari Institute’s Integral Education course for the people of the world. He also delivered our message that the crisis, approached constructively, can be an opportunity for a long-sought social and indeed global transformation.
On January 1, 2012 the Secretary General will begin his second term in which he is making Education a primary theme of his new administration. In his acceptance speech for his second term he underlined the need to “improve our ability to deliver as one” and “do more to connect the dots among the world’s challenges.”
The UN seems to be ready to listen to our message. They have requested our comments on the Secretary General’s educational plan and they have invited our collaboration going forward to help formulate their educational programs. A follow up meeting is already scheduled. While we cannot be sure of the outcome of our collaboration with the UN, we are very hopeful that the fact the UN is willing to listen to us is a big breakthrough we can use to our benefit to spread our message of unity to the world.