UN Comms Chief to deliver keynote CIPR lecture

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is delighted to announce that Melissa Fleming, the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the United Nations, will give this year’s CIPR International Maggie Nally Lecture. This event, which is part of the CIPR’s 75th anniversary celebrations, will be held online on 4 October this year.

Ms. Fleming leads the UN’s Department of Global Communications, which is responsible for informing global audiences about the state of the world and engaging them to build support for the organisation’s work and goals. Under her leadership, the Department engages in far-reaching efforts to address misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech.

She previously served at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as Head of Global Communications. Prior to that, she worked in senior communications roles for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She is a TED speaker, the author of the book, A Hope More Powerful than the Sea, and the host of the award-winning UN podcast, Awake at Night.

The Maggie Nally lecture is free and open to all to attend. It will take place online on 4 October at 2 PM (BST).

Samantha Seewoosurrun FCIPR, Chair of CIPR International Committee

It is an honour and privilege to welcome Melissa to deliver this year’s Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture. This event will be an incredible opportunity to hear from a practitioner with an understanding of some of the most significant challenges facing our world today and day-to-day experience of using public relations and communications to deal with them. It will undoubtedly make for an important and fascinating event that will remind us, in this year of celebrating the CIPR, what we stand for and the vital role we have to play in society.

Samantha Seewoosurrun FCIPR, Chair of CIPR International Committee

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners with over 10,000 members.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).

About CIPR International

CIPR International is one of the largest sectoral groups of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and extends a warm welcome to PR professionals across the globe. CIPR International supports its members, by facilitating understanding of cultural differences, building relations with other countries, and helping members benchmark, share and learn from best practice.

About the Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture

The CIPR International Maggie Nally Memorial lecture is one of the most prestigious events held by the Institute. It is in memory of Margaret Nally, who in 1976 became the first female President of the CIPR. A range of prominent speakers have given this lecture including economist, Sir Howard Davies; civil liberties campaigner, Shami Chakrabati; and film maker, Lord Puttnam.