United Nations Day
For over 20 years, UNAGB has organized a UN Day Celebration to gather leaders across Boston’s business, education, diplomatic, and civic communities to elevate the role of the UN in global affairs and reaffirm the importance of peace, prosperity, human rights, and justice for all. At the time of its founding in 1945, the United Nations was a unifying symbol of what was possible through shared vision and collaboration – a sentiment that continues to ring true and resonate deeply for the UNAGB community in 2023.
Keynote Speaker & 2023 Honoree: Dr. Adil Najam
Dr Adil Najam, President of WWF International, is a leading public scholar whose teaching, research and public engagement focuses on issues of global public policy especially those related to conservation and environment, sustainable and human development, and climate change in the Global South.
He is Dean Emeritus of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and continues as Professor of International Relations and of Earth and Environment. He previously served as Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore, Pakistan and as the Director of the Boston University Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Dr Najam has also taught at MIT and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
He was a lead author for the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and has written over 100 scholarly papers and book chapters. In February 2009 he was appointed to the Committee for Development Policy by the United Nations Secretary General, and in 2010 he was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence), one of Pakistan’s highest civil awards by the President of Pakistan.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Located in the heart of Cambridge and footsteps from Harvard Square lies the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and other patriots with the mission to “honor excellence and convene leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together.”
Every year since 1790, the Academy welcomes another class of fellows and the acceptance letters of prestigious fellows hang throughout the building. There will be ample time for guests to read through these inspiring pieces of living history.
Interested in sponsoring UN Day 2023?
As a small but mighty non-profit organization, every dollar helps make our mission and programming a possibility. Interested in sponsoring this year’s UN Day Luncheon? Contact Yuko Handa, Director of Development and Strategy, at [email protected] or at 617-213-0573.