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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.

IPRA endorses UN declaration that access to healthy environment a universal human right

The UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution in July 2022, declaring that access to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is a universal human right. The resolution, based on a similar text adopted in 2021 by the UN Human Rights Council calls upon states, international organisations, and business enterprises to scale up efforts to ensure a healthy environment for all. 

PR campaigns on climate anxiety in Spain and solving cold cases in Australia are among the winners of the 2022 IPRA Golden World Awards

The IPRA Golden World Awards for Excellence (GWA): the world’s most prestigious PR awards scheme, announces today a total of 91 winners for 2022. A number of entries tackled health issues including responses to covid-19, while others addressed the increased use of virtual events and meetings.

UK adds PR to list of sanctioned services to Russia

The UK government has made an explicit inclusion of public relations services to the list of sanctions against the Russian Federation. This new regulation is now in force as part of the UK Sanctions and Money Laundering Act 2018. It references Professional and Business Services and thus effectively bans UK-based PR firms, along with accountants and management consultants, from providing any professional services to Russia-based clients. The legislation applies to any prospective new clients as well as to any existing clients. This law overrides any contracts agencies may have in place with Russian clients. 

2022 IPRA Golden World Awards excel at creativity

The coronavirus pandemic and other challenges of recent years have prompted the global PR industry to dig deep into its resources of creativity.

YK Chung In Memoriam

IPRA pays its respects to Yung Kai Chung (YK) who has died at the age of 97. YK was a long-standing member of IPRA having joined in 1985.  He contributed to the first report of the growth of PR in Taiwan to the IPRA board and council meeting held in Chicago in 2000.

Message from the IPRA President: Hello from Tokyo July – August 2022

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Invitation to an IPRA webinar on Communicating with GenZ: the challenges and opportunities Friday 15 July 2022

I am pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar Communicating with GenZ: the challenges and opportunities will be presented by Vivian Kobeh, on Friday 15 July 2022 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted).

Message from the IPRA President: The aspirations of Gen Z  June 2022

Hello from Tokyo, where the weather has been getting warmer and warmer like midsummer.

Welcome to a new IPRA Philippines President

IPRA is delighted to announce that the new President of the IPRA Philippines Chapter is Maria Lourdes Espina. Malou, as she likes to be called, is vice president for marketing and communications for Total (Philippines) Corporation, an affiliate of the TotalEnergies group. Malou was previously director of public affairs at the Asian Institute of Management and is a former assistant vice president at STI Education Services Group.

Invitation to an IPRA webinar on Public affairs: the changing nature of political engagement: 9 June 2022

I am pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar Public affairs: the changing nature of political engagement will be presented by Stuart Thomson, head of public affairs at BDB Pitmans on Thursday 9 June 2022 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted).

IPRA celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2022

IPRA is proud to celebrate today the 3 May as World Press Freedom Day 2022 and endorses the theme of Journalism under Digital Siege.

Message from the IPRA President: The Power of PR April 2022

I hope all of you are doing well. In Japan, the New Year for companies and schools began in April, and we are spending these days noticing the signs of a fresh and new beginning. New employees have joined my company and I am learning new things from these Generation Z, a generation that is the driving force of today’s world. As IPRA President, I have recently had the opportunity to address national PR associations in The Philippines, India, Uganda and Iran. I was greatly impressed by the enthusiasm of the members of these associations to my speech about the public relations approach to this Generation Z.

Invitation to an IPRA webinar on Public perception of PR: it's not just about press relations: 12 May 2022

I am pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar Public perception of PR: it's not just about press relations will be presented by Alain Grossbard in conversation with Robert Masters and IPRA Board members and other experts on Thursday 12 May 2022 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted).

IPRA backs Ukraine Communication Support Network

IPRA, the International Public Relations Association, has endorsed a PR initiative to create the Ukraine Communication Support Network (UCSN). The network, hosted by the UK-based Public Relations and Communications Association and the International Communications Consultancy Organisation, seeks to coordinate volunteer communications activity in support of the people of Ukraine. The UCSN invites PR professionals around the world to submit proposals for voluntary communications activity. A steering committee, comprised of Ukrainian and international communicators, will oversee approval of these proposals.