Global Colloquium of University Presidents

Amy Gutmann Penn President
Penn President Amy Gutmann welcomes guests before introducing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Amy Gutmann Penn President
Penn President Amy Gutmann and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Amy Gutmann Penn President
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers address in Irvine for the Global Colloquium of University Presidents.
Amy Gutmann Penn President
Dr. Deborah A. Driscoll, Dr. Afaf I Meleis, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Dr. Amy Gutmann.
Amy Gutmann Penn President
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon poses with Penn student leaders following his address.
Amy Gutmann Penn President
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Penn President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, Chair of the Penn Board of Trustees.
Amy Gutmann Penn President
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Penn President Amy Gutmann and students from the a cappella group Penn Masala.
Amy Gutmann Penn President
Michelle Bachelet and Penn President Amy Gutmann during the Global Colloquium of University Presidents.
Amy Gutmann Penn President
Michelle Bachelet, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Valerie Jarrett.
Date: 
Mon, 04/04/2011

April 4-5, 2011

The University of Pennsylvania welcomed the fifth meeting of the Global Colloquium of University Presidents on Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The Colloquium is an invitation-only meeting of some 25-30 university presidents from around the world. Each president is accompanied by a faculty expert on the chosen topic. The Colloquium meets annually to discuss a topic of immediate concern to leaders in higher education at universities around the world and of particular and timely interest to the Secretary-General and the international community.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann is a founding member of the Global Colloquium of University Presidents, which is sponsored by five leading American research universities – Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University – on behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The topic of the 2011 Colloquium was "Empowering Women to Change the World: What Universities and the UN Can Do."

Speaking on the occasion of International Women's Day 2010 and the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that "gender equality and women's empowerment are fundamental to the global mission of the United Nations to achieve equal rights and dignity for all…. But equality for women and girls is also an economic and social imperative. Until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, all our goals – peace, security, sustainable development – stand in jeopardy."

Photos by Stuart A. Watson

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