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John Ruggie Named Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Global Compact

2003-07-16

John Ruggie, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, has been appointed Special Advisor to Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Global Compact, effective 15 July 2003. Mr. Ruggie, who is Weil Director of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University, will advise the Secretary-General on the overall direction of the Global Compact and oversee the preparation of a high-level Leaders Meeting on the Global Compact at UN Headquarters, tentatively scheduled for 24-25 June 2004. As Special Advisor, Mr. Ruggie will work closely with Georg Kell, Executive Head of the Global Compact.