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Invitation to an IPRA webinar on The digital era: is traditional PR dying? 8 December

I am pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar The digital era: is traditional PR dying? will be presented by Mohammed El Batta on Thursday 8 December 2022 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted).

Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua announced as IPRA President 2023

The Board of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) is delighted to announce that Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua is President elect 2023. 

An invitation to shape input for Climate Change Communication

Today, 6 November 2022, the leaders of the world come together with representatives from business and civil society in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh for the largest gathering this year on climate action at COP27. Can the world keep up momentum in the face of a growing energy crisis and a war in Europe? Extreme weather events and record greenhouse gas concentrations underscore the urgency to deliver on the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 2°C or below.

Message from the IPRA President:  Time to look ahead  November 2022

Hello from Tokyo. We experienced a heatwave this summer in Tokyo, partly due to global warming. However, now the weather has turned around and it's a beautiful autumn in Japan.

Invitation to an IPRA webinar on Mobile Storytelling: Thursday 10 November 2022

I am pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar Mobile storytelling: why a smartphone is a PR manager's best friend will be presented by Stephen Knifton on Thursday 10 November 2022 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted for summertime). (Please note summertime is ending in Europe and North America shortly before the event).

Message from the IPRA President: Sustainability and risk  October 2022

Hello from Tokyo. As many of you know, last month between the 16 – 25  September was this year’s Global Goals Week. This is a shared commitment between 170+ partners across civil society, business, academia, and the UN system to accelerate action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What did you do in your country? In Japan, there were events held throughout the country. In Okinawa, the southernmost island of Japan, a large-scale event was held at 13 venues over nine days. With a vision to both raise awareness of the SDGs within the public, as well as the co-creation of opportunities to act, there was an impressive total of 24 separate programmes.

Three-quarters of multinationals remain in Russia

According to analysis by B4Ukraine, a coalition of Ukrainian and international civil society organisations, three-quarters of multinationals remain in Russia, even after 200 days of Russian aggression and the war in Ukraine. To date, 105 companies have exited the Russian market while over 1610 international companies continue to do business in Russia many of which are multinationals. B4Ukraine is calling for companies to exit Russia immediately and ensure their revenues do not continue to underwrite the war.

Invitation to an IPRA webinar Rising to the challenge: how to protect reputation when crisis strikes: 13 October 2022

I am pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar Rising to the challenge: how to protect reputation when crisis strikes will be presented by Jonathan Hemus on Thursday 13 October 2022 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted).

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II In Memoriam

IPRA pays its respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  who has died at the age of 96.  She presided over an age of extraordinary transformation not only for the geo-political structures of the world but also for communication.

PR and climate change survey: have your say

The world needs action in the face of climate change. What role should the PR profession play? Can PR help the world tackle climate change?

Message from the IPRA President: A sizzling September 2022

Hello from Tokyo. It has been a hot and humid summer in Tokyo. It was also hot and humid last year, when the Tokyo Olympics were held, and for that reason, the marathon venue was changed to Hokkaido, which is typically cooler than the capital. According to the Japan Weather Association, the average summer temperature in Japan is increasing at a rate of 1.16°C per 100 years. Indeed, compared to the early twentieth century, the annual number of extremely hot days (a daily temperature of 35°C or higher) has increased 3.3 times, and tropical nights (daily temperature of 25°C or higher) has increased 2.7 times.

Ukraine power company’s campaign to save storks scoops the IPRA Golden World Global Contribution Award 2022

The Global Contribution Award is given for PR with an objective of meeting one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The 2022 winner is Ukrainian power company DTEK Grids. The brilliant campaign #EnergyWings addressed an issue common to many power companies – that storks nest on the poles and get electrocuted. DTEK Grids’ solution was to build special platforms to support the bird’s heavy nests. Otherwise, they fall on the wires, the birds die, and customers are left without electricity. The project met the UN’s sustainable development goal 9 to build infrastructure that promotes sustainable industrialization, as well as goal 15 to protect biodiversity.

The Womanly Face Of the War in Ukraine

In mid-August Ukrainian and South African civil society advocates came together in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss an exhibition's depiction of the horrors faced by women and girls during Russia's invasion.

Invitation to an IPRA webinar on Climate Change: how PR can save the world on Thursday 8 September 2022

I am pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar Climate Change: how PR can save the world will be moderated by IPRA Secretary General Philip Sheppard in conversation with members of the IPRA Climate Change Chapter on Thursday 8 September 2022 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted).

Alasdair Scott Sutherland In Memoriam

IPRA pays its respects to Alasdair Sutherland who has died at the age of 76. Joining IPRA in 1985, Alasdair was President 2001 and subsequently a Member Emeritus. Prior to being President, Alasdair had served for many years on the IPRA Council and Board. During his presidential year he launched the Campaign for Media Transparency which resulted in an IPRA Charter seeking to end the practise of paid-for editorial, and he created the first five-year strategic plan, an impressive 59-page document encapsulating IPRA’s diverse global activities within a single vision. That vision included the relaunch of FrontLine, a quarterly magazine of global PR trends. The IPRA President’s Award is made annually for an outstanding contribution to better world understanding. Alasdair’s inspired choice was The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Committee who that year had reached out all over the world in preparation for the Jubilee of 2002.