15 May 2019 ― The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to the governing United Nations University Council. The new appointees, who will serve six-year terms, took office on 3 May and attended the 71st session of the UNU Council that was convened in Rome on 13–14 May.
In accordance with Article IV of the UNU Charter, the new UNU Council members were appointed jointly by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. Appointed members serve in an individual capacity ― not as representatives of their country’s government ― and are selected with an eye to achieving a geographic and gender balance, with due regard to major academic, scientific, educational, and cultural trends as well as each member’s field(s) of expertise.
The six new UNU Council members are:
For links to profiles of these new Council members, see the UNU Council page.
They join six Council members whose six-year terms will end in 2022:
For profiles of all current UNU Council members, see unu.edu/about/unu-council.
The UNU Council comprises 12 appointed members, the UNU Rector, and three ex officio members (the United Nations Secretary–General, the Director–General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization , and the Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research). Its main functions are, inter alia, to formulate the principles and policies of UNU, govern the University’s operations, and consider and approve the UNU biennial work programme and budget.
Journalists who would like more information about the UNU Council or wish to request an interview with any of the new UNU Council members may contact Hillary McBride, UNU Head of Communications (+81 3-5467-1212, firstname.lastname@example.org).