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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.