8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers congratulatory remarks during IVI State Forum 2019
IVI hosted a State Forum at their headquarters in Seoul on Friday, October 11, showcasing the impact of international cooperation in vaccine research and development (R&D), and delivery in low- and middle-income countries. The Forum was attended by ambassadors and senior diplomats from 17 countries, and marked IVI’s 22nd anniversary as an international organization.
To open the event, 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a passionate speech addressing the importance of international support for IVI’s work: “Many people still die from vaccine-preventable diseases unnecessarily. It pains me.” He continued, “I’m really happy that IVI is in my home country, Korea. And I really thank you all for your support. Moral support, political support, but the most important support would be financial…We really count on your continuing support.”