UNU-MERIT: 15 year celebration

Multiple Speakers,

This event concludes the series of activities marking the fifteen years since the first formal collaboration between the United Nations University, Maastricht University and the MERIT Foundation, which led to the creation of UNU-MERIT. 

Organised as a flagship academic symposium to celebrate and showcase the institute’s history and successes, this event will draw on expertise from across our peer and partner organisations to explore UNU-MERIT’s research agenda on Comprehensive Innovation for Sustainable Development (CI4SD).  Crucial to this strategic agenda is how the institute can achieve greater impact in our quest to help tackle the most pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and the Member States.

15 Years of Partnership

Further, we will reflect with the following speakers on the fifteenth anniversary of the signing of the formal partnership agreement between UNU and Maastricht University which led to the establishment of UNU-MERIT, as well as its continuation.


Please register for this event, as well as other events in this week in light of the fifteen-year anniversary of UNU-MERIT through the following link:  Register

About the speaker

The event will feature a panel discussion with the following speakers:

  • Camilla Bruckner, Director of the UN Office in Brussels

  • Kunal Sen Director, UNU-WIDER

  • Annelies Zoomers, Professor of International Development Studies (IDS) at Utrecht University, and chair of WOTRO Science for Global Development (NWO)

  • Peter Møllgaard, Dean at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics and Professor of Industrial Organisation

  • Bartel Van de Walle, Director, UNU-MERIT

The event will also have the following keynote speakers

  • David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University

  • Rianne Letschert, President of Maastricht University

  • Philippe Vergauwen, Chairman, Advisory Board UNU-MERIT

Venue: Sint Janskerk (Vrijthof 24, Maastricht)

Date: 20 May 2022

Time: 16:00 - 18:00  CEST