Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with US foundations Leaders

9 May 2007

Today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with several key US foundations leaders in order to thank them for their outstanding work towards realizing the United Nations' goals and to express his interest in even closer ties between the UN and the foundation community in the future.

The event was co-hosted by Mr. Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation and Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships. Attendees included Mr. William White, President and CEO, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Ms. Pamela Flaherty, President and CEO, Citigroup Foundation; Ms. Joan Spero, President, Doris Duke Foundation; Mr. Gregory Miller, Managing Director, Investment and Legal, Google.org; Ms. Carol Larson, President and CEO, Packard Foundation; Mr. Robert Dunn, President and CEO, Synergos Institute; Ms. Kathryn Bushkin Calvin, Executive Vice President and COO, United Nations Foundation.

The participants were briefed by Assistant Secretary-General Robert Orr about Secretary-General Ban Kin-moon’s priorities, and then engaged in a discussion with the Secretary-General about the various opportunities and challenges of strategic partnerships linking together philanthropic foundations and the United Nations system.

For the statement by the Secretary-General, click here.