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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.

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.

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.

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