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UWI’s Hilary Beckles appointed special advisor to Ban ki-Moon

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 7:43 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Pro-vice chancellor and principal of The University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus in Barbados,  Sir Hilary Beckles, has been appointed a Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

The UN’s top official wrote to Sir Hilary inviting him to be a member of the recently established Scientific Advisory Board which will advise the Secretary General and executive heads of other UN organisations on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.

“This is a great personal honour indeed and signal recognition for the university,” Sir Hilary said of his appointment. “I have worked for many UN organisations over the years, but to be an advisor to the Secretary General, in this new way, on sustainable development is special.”

Sir Hilary will join with internationally renowned scientists drawn from the fields of natural, social and human sciences, on the board which has been mandated to “strengthen the linkages between science and policy, and to ensure that the latest scientific findings are reflected in high-level policy discussions within the United Nations systems”.

His appointment to the board is for a two-year period with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year term. It comes at a time when he is spearheading a science and technology drive at the campus as it transitions towards becoming a research-oriented university.

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