The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) has been invited to join the new Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group for the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Chaired by the President of ECOSOC, this high level group is the first of its type, giving IAUP a unique opportunity to help increase and enhance the impact of civil society on policy outcomes within the UN system.
ECOSOC, a council of member states comparable to the UN Security Council, is a hub for addressing global challenges that have the power to substantially improve the lives of large numbers of people. The council focuses on a wide range of issues related to economic and social development, including sustainable development, the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the UN Post 2015 Development Goals.
As a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group, IAUP joins some of the largest and most influential civil society organizations in the world. Members include the Ford Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, Human Rights Watch, Transparency International, the World Federation of Trade Unions, Care International, Rotary International, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
IAUP will be represented by President Neal King, with Secretary General Jason Scorza serving as alternate representative. “The inclusion of IAUP in this process serves to recognize the importance of higher education within global civil society and the contributions higher education makes to sustainable economic and social development around the world,” said King.