United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon start a three-day visit to China on Tuesday, 17 July, at 7:30 am EST (7:30 pm in Beijing). His first activity in Beijing is to communicate with followers of the United Nations channel on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging platform.
From his hotel room, Mr. Ban will listen to comments, suggestions and expectations posted by Weibo users on the work of the United Nations, and he is also expected to answer their questions.
In the past few days, Weibo users have submitted nearly 3,000 questions about the United Nations, the role of the Secretary-General or various global issues on the UN agenda such as Syria crisis, youth unemployment and human rights. Site users are encouraged to keep sending questions via Weibo until the end of the conversation.
The 45-minute conversation will be conducted in English and simultaneously interpreted into Chinese. It will be hosted by Ms. Yang Lan, one of China’s most famous talk show hosts and will be webcast live on Weibo which has over 350 million registered users. The event will be featured on an upcoming episode of Yang’s signature television show “Yang Lan One-on-One” which is seen by 879 million viewers throughout the greater China region.
This will be the Secretary-General’s fifth visit to China since he took the office in 2007.
- Ban Ki-moon asks youth to “Make some noise!”
- Google+ Hangout in April 2012
- Live conversation via Facebook, Twitter and Weibo in September 2011: “Ask the Secretary-General”