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John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), will receive an honorary doctor of letters and give the convocation address on June 14 at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Ruggie is considered one of the world’s leading thinkers on the public policy implications of global governance.
In addition to his academic work, Ruggie has long been active in the United Nations. From 1997 to 2001, he served as assistant secretary-general for strategic planning and was responsible for establishing and overseeing the UN Global Compact, proposing and gaining approval for the Millennium Development Goals, advising on relations with Washington, and contributing to efforts for institutional renewal. Since 2005, he has been the secretary-general’s special representative for business and human rights, responsible for proposing measures to strengthen human rights performance of the global business sector.
The University of Waterloo is ranked as one of Canada’s top research universities. Its Balsillie School of International Affairs offers degrees in global governance and international public policy.
John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs