Academic Council of the United Nations System
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|Formation||June 1987 (at conference held at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States)|
|Headquarters||Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
|Parent organization||United Nations|
The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) was founded in June 1987 at a conference held at the American Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, with the purpose to create a new organization to stimulate and support research and teaching on the role of the United Nations.
The council has a Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council, and non-governmental-organization-affiliate status with the UN Department of Public Information. It is possible for council members to be registered to attend meetings organized by UN specialized agencies, the UN Secretariat and other UN bodies.
Since its creation, the council has grown significantly into an organization of nine hundred individual and institutional members based in over fifty countries from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, all with different interests but sharing a common commitment to the values expressed in the United Nations Charter.
The council holds annual meetings, summer workshops as well as special conference, workshops and seminars, and helps bring together researchers, teachers, practitioners, and all other interested individuals interested in issues of international relations, international organizations and global governance.
Board of Directors
- Abiodun Williams, Chair
- Christer Jönsson, Past-Chair
- Roger Coate, Vice-Chair
- Rama Mani, Vice-Chair
- Hugh Dugan
- Mary Farrell
- Kirsten Haack
- Sukehiro Hasegawa
- Melissa Labonte
- Lise Morjé Howard
- Jan Wouters
The council's website is hosted by the IGLOO research portal of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, also located in Waterloo.
- acuns.org, the Academic Council on the United Nations System's official website
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