Pramila Patten, UN Under-Secretary-General, Doctor Honoris Causa

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Published on February 1, 2024 Updated on February 1, 2024

on the January 29, 2024

DHC Pramila Patten
DHC Pramila Patten - A. Macarri

On January 27, Jeanick Brisswalter presented the degree of "Doctor Honoris Causa" to Pramila Patten, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. This title is one of the most prestigious distinctions awarded by French universities.

The graduation ceremony was held as part of the international symposium organized on January 25 and 26 by Université Côte d'Azur (Institut de la Paix et du Développement and Chaire UNESCO " Peace and Development through Law"), in partnership with Bibliothèque sans frontières and the UN, on the fight against conflict-related sexual violence. The aim of this high-level international symposium is to identify gaps and obstacles in the prevention of and response to conflict-related sexual violence, by combining legal and multi-disciplinary scientific expertise with the field experience of leading players.

DHC Pramila Patten
DHC Pramila Patten A. Macarri

Closer interaction with international organizations

The awarding of the insignia of Doctor Honoris Causa to Pramila Patten, and the collaborations she is initiating, are part of Université Côte d'Azur's ambition to raise its international profile, notably through scientific diplomacy, and the objective of strengthening interactions with international organizations. It is also part of the drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (in particular here, SDG 5 - Gender Equality, and SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Effective Institutions).

Additional commitment to women's health

On a thematic level, the awarding of this distinction to Pramila Patten aims to develop Université Côte d'Azur's commitment to women's health. It thus complements the actions undertaken as part of the "Women's Health" teaching chair co-sponsored by Université Laval and Université Côte d'Azur. It also reinforces the project to extend collaboration with Mauritius (of which Pramila Patten is a national), one of whose themes is the repair (surgical and other) of sexual violence against women.