UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to address ND conference



United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan will give the keynote address to a conference of academics, corporate executives, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government policymakers which will be convened at the University of Notre Dame from Nov. 12 to Nov. 14 (Sunday to Tuesday)

Annan, who received an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 2000, is due to step down from his post Dec. 31, after serving as head of the international body for two five-year terms.South Korea’s foreign minister Ban Ki-Moon will succeed him on Jan. 1.

The conference,Peace Through Commerce:Partnerships as the New Paradigm,will examine the roles partnerships of businesses and NGOs might play in social development and world peace.It also will propose ideas for new academic business courses concerning the advancement of peace through economic commerce.Carolyn Woo, Gillen dean of Notre Dames Mendoza College of Business, is a prominent and vigorous advocate of this approach.For nearly two years, she has led efforts in meetings of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which accredits business schools worldwide, to deepen its theoretical and strategic appeal.

Among the companies represented in the conference discussions will be Anglo American; Barlow; BASF – The Chemical Company; Bristol-Myers-Squibb; Cadbury Nigria Plc; Chevron; The Coca-Cola Company; Cummins Engine Company; Ford Motor Company; Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold, Inc; General Electric; The Hershey Company; IBM; Lansdowne Consulting, Nestlé, S.A.; Newmont Mining Corporation; and Occidental Petroleum.

ThePeace Through Commerceconference is sponsored by the AACSB, the United Nations Global Compact Office, the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business of the Mendoza College of Business, and Notre Dames Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Studies.

* Contact: * Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C., director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business, at _574-631-5761 or Williams.80@nd.edu or visit the conference website at http://www.nd.edu/~ethics/ethicsConference/

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