Professor John Ruggie
Kennedy School of Government, and
Law School, Harvard University
Professor Ruggie has been named one of the 25 most influential international relations scholars in the U.S. and Canada in a survey conducted by the journal Foreign Policy. From 1997 to 2001, he was Assistant Secretary-General and chief advisor for strategic planning to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His responsibilities included establishing and overseeing the UN Global Compact; proposing and gaining General Assembly approval of the Millennium Development Goals; managing UN relations with Washington; and broadly contributing to the effort at institutional renewal for which Annan and the United Nations as a whole were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. From 2005 to 2011 Professor Ruggie served as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights and produced the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
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