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Does the United Nations Still Matter?

joanEmmitsburg, Maryland – As global issues become more prominent in our daily lives and world-wide crises more prevalent - some question the effectiveness of the United Nations and whether it matters anymore. For direct answers from an experienced perspective, Mount St. Mary’s University invited the United Nation’s Dr. Joan Elise Dubinsky to campus on February 8th.

Dr. Dubinksy serves as the director of the UN Ethics Office and will present Does the UN Still Matter? -  a lecture focused on the effectiveness of the United Nations in the global community. She will also meet with Mount classes for an intimate discussion on how the UN promotes a global common good.  Her visit is part of the Mount’s Presidential Lecture Series and organized by the Institute for Leadership.

“Learning from Dr. Dubinsky’s experience as a practitioner of ethics and her understanding of how to lead ethically - is a great opportunity for the Mount community,” said Dr. Paul Manuel, director of the Institute for Leadership.  “Our students are looking forward to her guidance on how to lead a complex program with simplicity, clarity, creativity and grace.  We are honored to welcome such a distinguished guest.”

Ms. Dubinsky is responsible for ensuring the worldwide UN staff upholds the organization’s ethical values of integrity, accountability, and transparency. She chairs the UN’s Ethics Committee, promoting harmonization and collaboration among all UN funds and programs and serves as the co-chairman of the UN Ethics Network.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Dubinsky served as the Director of Ethics with BAE Systems, and was the Chief Ethics Officer with the International Monetary Fund. Overall she has close to twenty-five years of experience in the field of business ethics.

The lecture, open to all Mount students, faculty and staff, begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Keeler Dining Room.

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