GCU delegates to meet with Secretary General of the United Nations

30 June 2014

Dr Wersun

Dr Wersun

Delegates from Glasgow Caledonian University will meet Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban-Ki Moon and leaders of the United Nations Global Compact at a PRME Champions Conference in New York July 1-3.

As a signatory to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the only Scottish institution to be a designated Champion of this global initiative, Cara Smyth, Vice-President of GCU New York, and Dr Alec Wersun, Glasgow School for Business and Society, will join PRME champions and business leaders from across the globe to discuss ways to develop the PRME community.

The global reach of this UN initiative now includes 500 leading business schools and academic institutions from over 80 countries. GCU is one of just 26 PRME members that make up the Champions Group, the remit of which is to develop new and innovative ways to mainstream education and business practices for sustainable development.

Dr Alec Wersun, GSBS Senior Lecturer and GCU Community and Public Engagement Fellow, said: “PRME is at an important juncture in its development. A key theme of the Champions Group meeting will be to discuss the contribution academia can make to shape and advance the UN post-2015 development agenda.”

The New York meeting will discuss ways to establish closer links with UN Global Compact companies, which has grown to more than 12,000 participants, including over 8000 businesses in 145 countries around the world. It will also address how the champions and education establishments will continue to inspire responsible management education beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expires in 2015.

At the event, Cara Smyth and Dr Wersun will attend a lunch hosted by Ban-Ki Moon as they work to continue to promote and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership at the university.

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