The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes, under Sustainable Development Goal 17, a call for revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, including through multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources toward achievement of the Goals. The United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) strives to serve as a gateway for partnership building between the private sector, foundations and other non-State actors and the United Nations system in furtherance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this role, the Office has three primary functions:
• To serve as the operational interface between the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations system in support of high-impact projects implemented throughout the world by UN system agencies;
• To provide management oversight and administrative support to the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF):
• To advise, guide and facilitate partnership events and initiatives between the United Nations and non-state actors (e.g. private sector, foundation and civil society) in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
28 November 2016
On 28 November 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, an Expert Group Meeting on "Developing Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals" has been organized in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and the global follow-up and review process which is centralized around the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The event was arranged by the Division for Sustainable Development (UN-DESA), in collaboration with ESCAP, and the United Nations Office for Partnerships. [More information].
15 November 2016
On 15 November 2016 the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) Advisory Board Meeting took place in Washington D.C. The Board was chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, and was hosted at the premises of the United Nations Foundation. The meeting was then followed by the Joint Session of the UNFIP Advisory Board and the UN Foundation Board of Directors. As per the Revised and Restated Relationship Agreement between the United Nations and the United Nations Foundation, the UNFIP Advisory Board primarily provides the Secretary General with advice of a strategic nature concerning the relationship between the United Nations and the UN Foundation, about any important reputational issues arising from the activities of the UN and the UN Foundation under the Relationship Agreement as well as concerning projects, campaigns, fiduciary grant-making or grant-management activities, and other activities funded by the Foundation or otherwise coordinated with the Foundation. The UNFIP Advisory Board also monitors the operations and activities of UNFIP.
18 July 2016, New York
On Monday, 18 July 2016, the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) jointly convened the first 2016 Partnership Exchange event at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, on the occasion of the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
The event served as a forum to enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, providing a platform for multi-stakeholder partnerships, government officials, United Nations, major groups and other stakeholders to share knowledge and expertise to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The 2016 Partnership Exchange gathered more than 400 participants and high-level speakers, including, among others:
20 May 2016, New York
On Friday, 20 May 2016, ID2020 – a strategic, global initiative launched in response to the Sustainable Development Goal 16.9: “provide legal identity to all, including birth registration, by 2030”, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, hosted the “ID2020 Summit – Harnessing Digital Identity for the Global Community” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Around one-fifth of the world’s population (1.8 billion people) is without legal identity, which deprives them of access to healthcare, schools, shelter, justice, and other government services. Commonly affected groups include refugees displaced by war, territorial disputes, victims of famine, societal outcasts, global disorder, political instability, competition for resources and climate change.
In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in 2015, with the overarching goal to leave no one behind, the need to enable people who suffer legal, political, social and economic exclusion to obtain official identity is clear. In response to this global need, the ID2020 Summit convened leaders and representatives from the private sector, governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, policy analysts and thought leaders to build cross-sectoral partnerships that contribute to provide all invisible and vulnerable people with legal identity by 2030, to make them visible and restore them into society.
Featured speakers include, among others:
More information about the Summit is available on the website: http://www.id2020summit.org/
7 March 2016, New York
International Women’s Day Forum 2016: “The Business of Inclusion: Global Prosperity through Women and Girls Empowerment” at the United Nations Headquarters. Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the UN Office for Partnerships jointly convened a successful event “The Business of Inclusion: Global Prosperity through Women and Girls Empowerment” on the 7 March 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters.The event allowed more than 400 participants from corporations, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions to explore different practices to empower girls and women in businesses.
As stated by the speakers, we are moving forward in the combat for gender equality, yet statistics show that women and girls are much more vulnerable than their male counterpart, notably in the poorest and conflict areas where they are more exposed to violence, harassment and other types of physical assaults. Moreover, gender gap in terms of employment, wage, social protection and pension, working hours… is significant not only in developing countries but also in more affluent nations.
The event was filled with the energy of leaders from public-private sectors interested in engaging both men and women to take action for gender equality in the post-2015 era, in enhancing the role of the private sector in women empowerment in business. Despite many positive results thus far, there is an acknowledgement that many challenges remains. It is important to understand that women’s empowerment in business is not just a matter of corporate social responsibility, but one that leads the way in creating more inclusive world.
More information about the event is available at: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/international-womens-day-forum-2016
27 January 2016, New York
On 27 January 2016, Ceres, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Office for Partnerships co-hosted the 2016 Summit on Climate Risk at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Held biennially at the United Nations since 2003, the Investor Summit on Climate Risk is the significant forum for institutional investors to discuss the implications of climate change for capital markets and their portfolios.
The 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk convened investors, business leaders to discuss the far-reaching implications of the Paris Agreement which involves 196 countries. During the Summit, significant topics were considered, including investment opportunities with a focus on the types of capital flows necessary, opportunities to expand clean energy investment in developed and developing countries; and solutions to mitigating carbon asset risks. The common interest was to accelerate the shift to a clean energy future and tackle the risks posed by climate change.The Summit included speeches by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Former Vice President Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres, Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan, French Minister Ségolène Royal and leading investors, including ABP, AXA, BlackRock, CalSTRS, New York City Comptroller, New York State Common Retirement Fund, among many others.
More information about the Summit can be found at: http://www.ceres.org/investor-network/investor-summit
11 - 14 August 2015, New York
The United Nations Office for Partnerships, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and the Millenium Campus Network, a national non-profit organization, convened the 7th annual Millennium Campus Conference (MCC 2015) on 11 – 14 August 2015. The MCC 2015 gathered more than 500 university student leaders coming from more than 50 countries and enabled them to meet, discuss and exchange over the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The Conference had a very interactive character with program blocks focusing on practical learning and exchange of experiences. In addition to developing concrete skills during Best Practice Workshops and Team-Based Discussions, students also had the opportunity to become inspired by world leaders in the field including President-Elect of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, prominent economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri, Annie Griffiths of National Geographic and Dr. Vanessa Kerry of Seed Global Health, Sol Guy of Tribeca Enterprises.
More information on the Secretary-General’s address can be found on the MCC 2015 website.
5 - 7 August 2015, New York
From 5 to 7 August, the 2015 summer edition of the Youth Assembly at the UN took place in the UN Headquarters in New York. The event was convened by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and hosted by the Permanent Mission of Paraguay with the support from the Permanent Missions of Suriname and Denmark.
The Youth Assembly at the UN is a bi-annual event, which aims to foster conversation between students, UN representatives, private sector, and civil society in order to empower young people from all over the world and encourage them to become active participants in the success of the MDGs and the transition to the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
The Official United Nations Welcome panel included speeches by Amb. Federico A. González, Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the United Nations; Amb. Henry Mac-Donald, Permanent Representative of Suriname to the United Nations; Amb. Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations; and Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning.
The panels and workshops addressed topics from the UN’s Post-2015 Agenda ranging from multi-stakeholder partnerships to new technologies and financial responsibility of youth.
More information on the Secretary-General’s address can be found on the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation.
23 July 2015
The United Nations Office for Partnerships and Nexus convened the 5th annual Nexus Global Youth Summit on Innovative Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, which took place mostly in the UN Headquarters in New York from 23 to 25 July.
Founded in 2011, Nexus is a global movement of 2000+ young investors, social entrepreneurs and allies who work to increase and improve philanthropy and social impact investing. The network of people hailing from more than 70 countries collaborates to advance the potential of next generation leadership across nations and sectors as well as to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship for dialogue, education and collaborative problem solving.
The 2015 edition of the Nexus Global Youth Summit aimed to catalyse change and create an opportunity for connection and collaboration in order to become a launchpad for global leaders in philanthropy and social innovation. Panel discussions featured a number of leaders from the private sector, foundations, creative community and the United Nations including Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani; Amanda Cole, Social Impact Strategist from Kenneth Cole Productions; Tom Chi, Co-Founder of Google X; Fleur Vernat, Policy Advisor for the UN Post-2015 Development Planning Unit, Executive Office of the Secretary-General; Robert Kirkpatrick, Director of the UN Global Pulse; David O’Hana, Chief of Brand Building of UNICEF; and many others.
More information can be found on the Nexus website.
17 June 2015
The UN Office for Partnerships and the International Insurance Society convened the UN Insurance Sector Summit, as the third day of the annual IIS Global Insurance Forum.
The Summit gathered leaders of insurance companies, research institutions, UN officials, public policymakers and civil society organizations and explored the role of the insurance industry in creating partnership initiatives to support the emerging Post-2015 Development Agenda and drive economic growth, financial stability, affordable healthcare and global environmental security. The event provided a platform to discuss specific initiatives aimed to mitigate global disaster and climate change risks and support sustainable economies. It featured the industry’s most prominent thought leaders addressing key issues around the Forum theme “Filling the Protection Gap” and addressed topics such as investment for resilience and sustainable development, overcoming barriers to micro-insurance adoption, building sustainable markets through financial inclusion, and sustainable insurance.
The Summit was opened by the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and featured other speakers such as Amina Mohammed (Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning), Janos Pasztor (Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change), Craig Churchill (Chief, Social Finance Programme, International Labour Organization), Butch Bacani (Programme Leader, UNEP Finance Initiative), Rowan Douglas (Chair, Insurance Development Fund & Chairman, Willis Research Network), Abel Lee (Director, Head of Insurance & Asset Management, World Economic Forum), Martin Hintz (Head of Microinsurance, Allianz). (Photo ©UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)
More information on the Secretary-General’s address can be found on the UN News Centre.
1 May 2015, New York
The second annual Media for Social Impact Summit took place at the UN headquarters and was organized by the UN Office for Partnerships and the Pvblic Foundation.
The Summit convened more than 400 executives from leading companies in advertisement, media, marketing and journalism and UN officials to highlight the power of media to drive social change and strategize campaigns around global issues. The event showcased innovative campaigns and ideas that promote social progress and invited UN representatives to outline how media can engage with the UN on the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals. Delegates participated in dynamic roundtables with UN officials to network and build lasting partnerships aimed at promoting the UN’s Post-2015 Development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, to ultimately create the biggest social good campaign over the next 15 years.
Featured speakers from the UN included Tomas Christensen, Senior Advisor for Partnerships, Office of the Assistant Secretary General for Strategic Planning; Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information; Nikhil Chandavarkar, Chief of Outreach and Communications, Division for Sustainable Development; and Nanette Braun, Chief of Communications and Advocacy, UN Women.
For more information on the Pvblic Foundation and the Media for Social Impact Summit, please visit www.pvblic.org.
24 April 2015, New York
The UN Office for Partnerships and UN Volunteers organized a luncheon with IMPACT 2030 Founding Partner Companies at the UN Headquarters. IMPACT 2030 is a global private sector collaboration created to mobilize volunteers to directly contribute to achieving the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. IMPACT 2030 is the only business led effort designed to marshal the power of human capital investment to address the SDGs and coordinate corporate volunteering efforts with the UN Development Agenda. IMPACT 2030 aims to have 100 corporate partners to collaborate with the UN by the time the SDGs are announced in September 2015. The event brought together private sector executives representing companies such as IBM, UPS and Google and UN agency officials, from UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, OCHA and others. For more information about IMPACT 2030, please visit www.impact2030.com.
25 March 2015, New York
The Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, entitled the "Ark of Return", was unveiled on March 25, 2015 on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
The unveiling ceremony included a minute of silence and official ribbon cutting and was followed by the annual commemorative meeting of the General Assembly to mark this important occasion. The unveiling ceremony was attended by representatives of the UN Member States, civil society, academia and the United Nations System, including Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller, current President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa; Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN Amb. Rattray; Permanent Representative of India to the UN Amb. Mukerji; Permanent Observer of the African Union to the UN Téte António; and the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Irina Bokova. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other high-level dignitaries delivered remarks. The event was co-organized by the Permanent Memorial Committee and the UN Department of Public Information. UNOP provided support to the Committee in regards to administration of the relevant trust fund account.
The Permanent Memorial, designed by Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon, is located on the Visitors Plaza at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and will invite people everywhere to contemplate the legacy of the slave trade and to fight against racism and prejudice today. (Photo ©UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)
10 March 2015, New York
The UN Office for Partnerships, in collaboration with UNESCO, UN Women, UNFPA and the World Bank, organized a high-level panel discussion on the role of partnerships to achieve gender equality in education. Featured as a side-event to the 59th Commission on the Status of Women, the discussion was attended by approximately 200 guests, including permanent mission and NGO representatives, and UN staff. The discussion focused on the various ways organizations and countries can engage in partnerships to enhance the impact of their work to enhance education opportunities for girls.
The panel featured distinguished speakers, such as Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women; Zeneby Tadesse, Ethiopian Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs; Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN; Susan Myers, Senior Vice President, UN Foundation; and Kara Gerson, VOSS Foundation. The discussion was moderated by BBC World anchor and correspondent, Laura Trevelyan.
The event also launched a new inter-agency Joint Programme on empowering adolescent girls and young women through education. The Joint Programme will facilitate a joint response to address various challenges linked to girls' education, such as economic, socio-cultural and political inequalities. (Photo ©UNESCO)
4-5 March 2015, New York
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted its 5th annual International Women's Day Forum in partnership with the UN Office for Partnerships, Microsoft and UN Women at the United Nations Headquarters. The event entitled “The Empowerment Bridge: Building a Lifetime of Opportunity for Women and Girls” convened more than 250 public and private sector leaders to explore empowerment solutions to increase economic agency and independence for women and girls around the world.
Speakers from Microsoft, Google and Kate Spade, as well as representatives from Every Woman, Every Child; the World Health Organization; and the UN Foundation, discussed various ways to empower women and foster entrepreneurship. Ann de la Roche, Officer-in-Charge, UN Office for Partnerships, offered the day's opening remarks and Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, opened a panel discussion on the role of the business community in the emerging Sustainable Development Goals.
11-12 February 2015, New York
The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) and the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN hosted the Youth Assembly at the UN in partnership with the UN Office for Partnerships, the United Nations Foundation and Microsoft. The two-day event gathered youth from around the world to empower them to become active participants in the success of the UN Millennium Development Goals and the transition to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Topics ranged from the UN’s Post-2015 Agenda to technology for development and sustainability. The panels and workshops featured UN officials, young entrepreneurs, and representatives from civil society and the private sector.
UNOP organized a panel, introduced by Ann de la Roche, on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals. The panelists were Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Corrine Woods, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign at the UN, and Kevin Cassidy, Senior Communications and External Relations Officer at the International Labour Organization and they discussed how youth can be involved in the development and implementation of the SDGs.
23-24 September, 2014 New York
The United Nations Office for Partnerships, in partnership with the Louise Blouin Foundation (LBF), is pleased to announce the sixth annual Blouin Creative Leadership Summit (BCLS), a forum that engages in dialogue and exchanges best practices to successfully confront the local and global challenges and opportunities brought about by globalization over the coming decade.
Approximately 100 international heads of state, government executives, global business and financial CEOs, entrepreneurs, technology innovators, scholars, cultural influencers, artists and thought-leaders will assemble in New York to address critical issues of the 21st century surrounding economic recovery, global governance, environmental reform, foreign policy, education, health, poverty and development, cultural exchange and technology.
Ann de la Roche, Chief of Operations for the United Nations Office for Partnerships comments, "We are delighted to partner again with the Blouin Creative Leadership Summit.” This year's summit promises to be an exciting and inspirational event that will lead to innovative ways to work together to achieve the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
For more information about the forum, please visit www.creativeleadershipsummit.org.
6-8 August, 2014 New York
The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) presented the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations in partnership with UNOP, UNF, The International Youth Council, Microsoft, and PepsiCo. The three-day event served to foster dialogue and generate partnerships between exceptional youth, UN high officials, private sector and civil society.
Topics during the Assembly touched on a wide spectrum of social responsibility, such as Youth Driving Change on Gender Inequality, Multiculturalism and the Arts in Mental Health, Creating Positive Change through Sports, and more. Speakers came from a diverse set of perspectives on how youth could be agent of change for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Youth Assembly demonstrates what committed, global youth leaders can and have accomplished in support of the MDGs.UNOP also co-hosted the film “A Prayer for Rain,” a sobering portrayal of those living in Bhopal, India, the site of the world’s largest chemical disaster.
24-25 July 2014, New York
Following up on the work of 10 previous, highly successful summits, on every continent (except Antarctica), the 2014 Summit will showcase the leading edge of youth-led social innovation, next generation impact investing, and emerging philanthropic leadership from around the world.
Nexus is a global movement of 2000+ young people from over 70 countries working to increase and improve philanthropy and impact investing by bridging communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. Founded in 2011, Nexus puts the hope and promise of young people on the world stage, by bringing leaders together at Nexus Summits around the world for dialogue, education, and collaborative problem-solving.
18 July 2014, New York
The symposium brought together prominent Chinese women entrepreneurs, as well as representatives of the PM of China and the UN system to discuss issues related to the role of women in fashion and design business, corporate social responsibility and gender equality. "In the context of globalization, this exchange between cultures and countries has benefitted women greatly and has expanded and given them more rights," said Qin, GuoYing, Vice Chairwoman & Secretary General of the CWDF
19 June 2014, New York
On Thursday June 19, in partnership with Changecorp, the United Nations Office for Partnerships hosted the “Changing Lives through Mobile: Innovation in Emerging Markets” conference. Speakers from Facebook to the World Bank highlighted the best and most innovative mobile services being developed for the 21st century. Participants addressed a wide range of issues in spotlight presentations and panels. “The Mobile-Only Generation,” “Women and Mobile for Development,” “Mobile Money for the Unbanked” and other presentations sought to show how we can fully realize the potential of mobile technology to meet UN MDGs.
With an estimated average internet gap in developing countries of 23%, speakers identified specific areas for improvement in technological social inclusion, which will simultaneously raise standards of living and deliver economic prosperity. By finding innovative ways for companies and organizations to find new revenue streams in emerging markets, the private sector can spearhead the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
10 June 2014, New York
On Tuesday June 10, the United Nations Foundation (UNF) in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships hosted “Global Accelerator” an event involving entrepreneurs in UN objectives. Along with UNF’s Global Entrepreneurship council and the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), the event brought together over 100 entrepreneurs and high-level UN officials to find smart and sustainable solutions for some of the world’s more challenging development objectives. The event allowed experts from several fields to discover experiment and develop innovative solutions to reach the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and the UN’s post 2015 agenda.
Entrepreneurs such as Michael Dell, CEO and founder of Dell, Arianna Huffington, Chair and President of the Huffington Post Media Group, Barbara Bush, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Health Corps, Ashish Thakkar, Founder and Managing Director of the Mara Group plus many more entrepreneurs came together with UN policy makers to explore through collaboration the role in which entrepreneurship can play in solving major global challenges and identify where the UN can engage entrepreneurs to tackle development objectives such as employment and technology innovation.
At the event Michael Dell was awarded the title of ‘UNF’s Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship’, in recognition of being an advocate for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and supporting UN programs by working with the Global Entrepreneurship Council. UN officials provided and explained a UN created macro-scaled context to the entrepreneurs who attended the summit to enable an open discussion around the topic of innovation on specific topics: Youth Employment, Water and Sanitation, Hygiene, and Gender Equality. The UNs macro-scale demonstrates how crucial these topics are in lifting communities out of poverty and develop for sustainability. The event succeeded in bringing entrepreneurs into the UN to create positive social impact and advocated the UN networks ability to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship to further development goals.
28 May 2014, New York
On May 28-29 2014 the United Nations Office for Partnerships in partnership with Landmark Ventures hosted the bi-annual Social Innovation Summit at JP Morgan Chase and at the United Nations. The Summit has an aim to bring together “Business Innovation and Social Transformation”. The two-day event brought together individuals from across all sectors to create partnerships to further develop technology, philanthropy, investment and business. Our Executive Director of UNOP, Roland Rich, started the second day with opening remarks, in a session led by Icema Gibbs, Director of Social Responsibility for JetBlue Airways. Other featured speakers at the Summit were Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org, Jessica Alba, Actress and the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson to name a few.
Our Senior Advisor to the United Nations Office for Partnerships, Annette Richardson, moderated an interactive boardroom panel discussion entitled “Beyond Just Doing Good: The Role of Innovation in UN Partnerships” with panelists including Karen Newman, Senior Consultant to the Business Call to Action (UNDP), Michelle Jean, Co-Founder and CEO of Zesa Raw, Jason Singh, Executive Director of One Sight-Luxottica Group and Zhiyao Ma, Analyst, Innovation Unit for UNICEF. The participants discussed ways to catalyze partnerships in both the private and public sectors to further development goals through different mediums and fields.