NUS Law Dean appointed to United Nations University Council

29 April 2016 | General News
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The National University of Singapore (NUS) is pleased to announce that Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of the NUS Faculty of Law, has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General Irina Bokova of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to the governing United Nations University (UNU) Council.

Prof Chesterman joins 11 other new Council members, who will take office as of 3 May 2016, and will serve for terms of either three or six years. As Council member, Prof Chesterman will be involved in the formulation of the principles and policies of UNU and the governing of its operations. The Council will also consider and approve its biennial budget and work programme.

Appointed members serve in an individual capacity and not as representatives of their country’s government. They have been selected with an eye to achieving a geographic and gender balance, taking into consideration also each member’s field(s) of expertise, including major academic, scientific, educational, and cultural trends.

Prof Chesterman said, “I am delighted to be one of the five men and seven women on the UNU Council, supporting UNU\'s mission to serve as a think tank for the UN and build capacity worldwide to address global challenges. As someone who has spent most of his professional life researching international law and institutions, this is a modest opportunity to give back and help improve those institutions for the benefit of all.”

Please refer to the Annex for a biography of Prof Chesterman.

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