Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana Prof. Ernest Aryeetey has been appointed a member to the governing Council of the United Nations University (UNU).
He is one of the 12 members appointed by the UN Secretary- General Ban Ki Mon and Director-General Irina Bokova of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The appointment is in line with Article IV of the United Nations University Charter. The new appointees will start work from the 3 of May 2016. Tier tenure of office is three to six years.
Prof. Aryeetey, “like the other members of the UNU Council, will serve in his individual capacity on the Council. Members to the UNU Council are selected with the aim of achieving a geographic and gender balance, with due regard for major academic, scientific, educational and cultural trends, as well as each member’s fields of expertise” according to a statement on the UN’s website.
The main functions of the UNU Council are to formulate the principles and policies of the University, govern its operations, and consider and approve its biennial budget and work programme.
The remaining 11 members are Prof. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (Brazil), Scientific Director, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and Professor, Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, State University of Campinas, Prof. Simon Chesterman (Australia), Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Amb. Elizabeth Cousens (USA), Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation, Ms. Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots, and lecturer at Harvard and MIT, Mag. Dr. h.c. Angela Kane (Germany), Senior Fellow, Vienna Centre for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and Professor, SciencesPo, Paris
The rest are Dr. Segenet Kelemu (Ethiopia), Director General and CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Dr. Bassma Kodmani (Syria), Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative, Dr. Radha Kumar (India), Director General, Delhi Policy Group, Prof. Irena Lipowicz (Poland), Professor, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyñski University (Warsaw), Prof. Tsuneo Nishida (Japan), Director, Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University, and Director, Toho Zinc Co., Ltd., Prof. Lan Xue (China), Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, and Director, China Institute for S&T Policy.