CSR at the United Nations

Feb 28, 2011 5:00 PM ET

CSR at the United Nations? UNESCBO?

By Nigel M. de S. Cameron

If this were a speech and not a column I might be brave enough to ask for a show of hands: Who has heard of UNESCO? (Not UNESCBO, we’ll get to that.) Good, you at the back, and can you tell us what it stands for?

Among BCLC readers, I hope that’s around 100% — if not, get that Wikipedia open quick! The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is based in Paris. After absenting ourselves for nearly two decades, the United States rejoined (to great surprise, not least in the State Department) during the early years of Bush 43; Ambassador Louise Oliver brilliantly led us back into full engagement, and her equally energetic and esteemed successor David Killion is now leading the charge.

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