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“Pakistan Reconstruction Fund”: World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists marks the Second World Humanitarian Day

Oak Brook, Illinois, August 19, 2010

The United Nations Office for Partnerships would like to announce that the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP) marks the second World Humanitarian Day by establishing the Pakistan Reconstruction Fund to rehabilitate communities that were severely affected by the catastrophic floods in the country. According to UN estimates, hundreds of people have been killed and the torrential rains destroyed about 3.2 million hectares of standing crops and displaced about 14 million people.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the rapid delivery of assistance for millions of people in flood-stricken Pakistan and OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu stated that we were faced with a disaster which requires colossal resources to be tackled, and that Pakistan would be unable to overcome this challenge alone.

Mr. Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh Al-Thani, Chair of World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists acknowledged, “After humanitarian agencies conclude their relief operations and flood waters recede, people will need help with the building of homes and planting crops. Pakistan Reconstruction Fund is a timely response to the funding shortfall that may occur as nation enters into rebuilding phase.”

The Fund will enable communities to achieve socioeconomic well-being through a sustained support mechanism. “Rehabilitation of communities is vital to preventing millions from falling into extreme poverty after the calamity is over” said Shahid Malik, former UK Minister for International Development and the Vice Chair of World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists.

The Pakistan Reconstruction Fund (PRF) will be a multi-donor fund to help finance recovery and reconstruction following the devastating floods. Contributions will be pooled in a single account held by the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropist. The fund will be governed by an independent Steering Committee appointed by the Board. Contributions to the Fund are expected from philanthropists, foundations, private sector partners, international donor agencies, non-governmental organizations and Pakistani diaspora.

Interested donors may send an e-mail to Dr. Tariq H. Cheema, CEO, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists: tcheema@thewcmp.org


World Humanitarian Day: “We are humanitarian workers”

18 August 2010, New York

On 19 August 2010, the second World Humanitarian Day takes place to honor and celebrate the achievements of humanitarian workers. In 2008, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated the 19th August as World Humanitarian Day to honor and celebrate the achievements of all humanitarian workers who have lost their lives while have been working in the promotion of the humanitarian cause. This year’s WHD theme “We are humanitarian workes” is focusing on the actual work and achievements of humanitarian workers in the field. The date hase been chosen as on 19 August 2003, 22 UN employees including the UN Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello, were perished in a bomb attack in Belgrad.

This year the day will be commemorated everywhere in the world and more specifically in Geneva as it is the capital of humanitarian assistance. The Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which has collaborated with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) in various initiatives to support the UN relief operations in Haiti, has created a collaborative film featuring aid workers from across the globe for this special day.

For further information on the World Humanitarian Day please view the film above and visit this website.


Educating Children about different Cultures: Rikka and her magic ring in Iceland

4 August 2010, New York

Today the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) announced the release of the children’s book Rikka and her magic ring in Iceland at the United Nations book store. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP, was given the honor to welcome the author of the book, Hendrikka Waage and all other guests including H.E. Ambassador Gunnar Pálsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations and Erol User, Founder of “Kids Parliament”. A group of children from Vanderbilt YMCA, New York also attended the event.

The author of the book, Hendrikka Waage, is a well-known Icelandic entrepreneur, an internationally known jewelry designer, philantropist, global activist and campaigner for children. Part of the proceeds of the book will be donated to the “Kids Parliament”, an organization which aims to create a world in which human rights, peace and environment are secured and consequently advocates the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Rikka and her magic ring in Iceland educates children about the culture of understanding and advocates environmental awareness by showing them that the world is a wonderful and magical place which needs to be secured by each individual.

For more information on Rikka and her magic ring in Iceland and Hendrikka Waage, please visit this website.


The Peer Gynt World Ethics Forum 2010: Motivation and Management

2 August 2010, New York

On 29 July the Peer Gynt Acdemy (PGA) invited the world to the Peer Gynt Forum in Vinstra, Norway, to discuss the achievement of sustainable development and social responsibility. The Forum served as an excellent opportunity to share creative ideas and best practices concerning management and motivation and was hosted in co-organization with the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and the Confederation of Unions for Professionals.

The mission of the Peer Gynt Academy was to provide leaders and organizations with procedures for moral reflection and change. The root of this aim lied at the triad of nature, art and ethics.

Speakers at this engaging event included Lubna Jaffery Fjell, Norwegian State Secretary at the Department of Cultural Affairs, Øystein Pettersen, Olympic Gold Winner, Beate Jelstad, Associate, Diakonhjemmet University College, and Amir Dossal , Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), who acknowledged that leadership and motivation were needed more than ever in those economic times to promote a culture of personal social responsibility.

The Peer World Ethics Forum focused on global responsibility and provided a valuable platform for sharing innovative ideas in order to promote a culture of personal responsibility and to provide processes which will make a difference to global justice in furtherance of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

For more information on the Peer World Ethics Forum please visit their website.


The World Mission Society Church of God makes a donation to aid Haiti victims

30 June 2010, New York

On June 30, 2010, Joo Choel-Kim, Chief Pastor of the World Mission Society Church of God, and Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), convened for the first time to discuss partnership and volunteer opportunities within the New York Metro area and across the globe.

Earlier that day, Chief Pastor Kim flew in from Korea and personally delivered a donation to the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) to aid Haiti’s earthquake victims. The donation by the Church, in the amount of $100,000, was the largest donation made by a faith-based organization in CERF history. It was raised through a concert held in Busan, Korea, where nearly 17,000 attended, including leaders and officials from the surrounding regions. In selecting a suitable beneficiary of the funds, the Church considered the Millennium Development Goals as decisive factors and wants to help the UN fulfill the Goals through a future partnership.

As one of the fastest growing churches in the world with over 1,000 branch churches in 150 different countries, the Church of God is eager to join hands with the UN to continue in its efforts to help natural disaster victims and the disadvantaged populations around the world.

For more information about the World Mission Society Church of God, please visit website.


UNOP - IOC Host High-level Discussion on 'Women Empowerment through Sport'

29 June 2010, New York

On the 29th of June 2010, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) in cooperation with the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace hosted a high-level meeting to exchange views and share lessons on the linkages between sport and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a focus on gender equality.

Over 40 participants including senior representatives of governments and the UN System, eminent personalities from the world of sport, and leaders from the private sector, foundations, civil society and academia shared their ideas over breakfast at the Millennium Plaza Hotel after which there was a series of talks on sports and gender equality, given by people from various sectors.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships opened and moderated the event. He noted that sport brings people together and has the potential to promote peace. On the lines of UNOP’s work, Mr. Dossal emphasized the importance of meaningful partnerships

Following this introduction, Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information gave an overview on how sports can help achieve MDG 3, i.e. to promote gender equality and empower women.

Ms Anita L. DeFrantz, Representative of the Permanent Observer and Chairperson of the IOC Women and Sport Commission, said, “When a women athlete is triumphant, she often becomes a role model for her family, her community or even her country”. She also called attention to the link between sports and peace. This linkage was further emphasized by the Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke who sent a message urging all governments to contribute to the Working Group on Sport and Gender.

H.E. Amb. Isabelle Picco, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the UN said that sports are a critical component of childhood education. Ms Rachael Mayanja, Assistant to the Secretary General and Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women affirmed that participation in sports is a human right enshrined in the UNESCO International Charter, CEDAW, CRC and other international agreements. “It’s not a privilege; it’s a basic human right. We have to work towards giving this human right to women around the world” she said.

The final two speeches were delivered by two inspiring women - The US Olympic Champion Ms. Dara Torres - a 40 year old mother who recently won three silver medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Geena Davis, actress and activist. By sharing their own experiences, both of them inspired everyone, especially women by stating that it is never too late to do anything in life.

The Conference provided a successful platform to share workable ideas and practices to best advance the goal of achieving gender equality through sport.


Ted Turner named as advocate for the MDGs

23 June 2010, New York

On 23rd June 2010, Ted Turner, the Founder and Chairman of the United Nations Foundation was named as advocate for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

On this occasion, Mr. Turner urged the global community to partner meaningfully to achieve the goals. He said: “To advance the MDGs by 2015, we need a smart and coordinated global effort. As an advocate, I am dedicated to doing all I can to make progress on the MDGs. I commend UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his leadership in building partnerships between the public and private sectors that will help us reach these goals”

Mr. Turner’s association with the UN and his support towards the MDGs is legendary. His generous contribution of 1 billion in support of UN causes through the UN Foundation has enabled the UN family to find creative solutions to global problems. Since 1998, the UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) serves as an interface between the UN Foundation and UN System and channels funds mobilized by the UN Foundation to the UN System.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UN Office for Partnerships warmly welcomes this appointment as Mr. Turner has been a great and committed supporter of UN causes. Mr. Turner’s contribution to the UN system sets a great precedent for others

Please visit this website for further information on the UN Foundation


The New York Forum

24 June 2010, New York

The New York Forum, founded by Mr. Richard Attias, concluded its two-day discussion bringing together captains of industry, thought leaders and visionaries on 22 June 2010. The Forum challenged participants to think outside the box and find creative solutions to reinvigorate the economy and build new confidence and credibility.

The Forum speakers consisted of luminaries including: Mayor Bloomberg (a strong supporter of the work of the United Nations), Professor Eli Wiesel, Mr. Carlos Slim Helú (Chairman and CEO of Telmex, Telcel and América Móvil) and many other global business leaders, Nobel Prize-winning economists and sovereign fund managers. Richard Attias’ vision is to create an environment of collaboration and establish a new paradigm for economic growth.

The United Nations Office for Partnerships encourages new solutions to address the Millennium Development Goals and has supported the efforts of the dedicated New York Forum team in this historic initiative. The outcome of the Forum will serve as an important contribution to the MDG Summit, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be hosting in September 2010.

For more information on how to get involved and learn more about The New York Forum, please visit its website.


Loomba Foundation

22 June 2010, New York

On 22 June 2010, the Loomba Foundation hosted an event at the United Nations, the night before the sixth annual International Widows Day. The Loomba Foundation, founded in 1997 by Raj Loomba, the son of a widow, seeks to improve living conditions for widows and their families.

The event was chaired by the president of the foundation, Ms. Cherie Blair, who announced the launch of the Research Study Book, which presents information about the struggles of widows around the world. Ms. Blair explains “we hope to raise awareness of the living conditions of widows in developing countries and to aid in finding a solution to this injustice against women. We are confident that the UN will recognize the need to draw attention to this critical issue.” The book reveals that there are over 245 million widows world-wide, nearly half living in poverty. Ms. Blair concedes that the living conditions and injustices faced by widows in developing countries are truly "a hidden humanitarian crisis," urging the UN to officially recognize International Widows Day.

For more information on how to get involved and learn more about the Loomba Foundation, please visit its website.


GirlUp.org

10 June 2010, New York

The United Nations Office for Partnerships is pleased to advocate the website, GirlUp.org, a public campaign spearheaded by the UN Foundation to further enhance the work of the Girl Fund. The Girl Fund, a dedicated account to provide a vehicle for individuals and organizations to improve adolescent girls’ lives in the developing world, was initiated in March 2009. The Fund revolves around two initiatives: The first is investment in holistic, rights-based and empowerment-focused programs to ensure education, health, protection and good policies for adolescent girls by working with the UN Adolescent Girl Task Force. The second aims to build a bold network of Global South advocates on behalf of adolescent girls. The Girl Up campaign, with GirlUp.org as its main component, is an effort to harness the energy and enthusiasm of American girls as a powerful force for global change.

Through Girl Up’s support, more girls will become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be leaders of the next generation. This campaign shares one of the UN Office of Partnerships’ central goals of refocusing policies and resources to reach the most marginalized girls to ultimately enhance their lives through education, health, protection, rights, and economic empowerment reform. Please make sure to visit GirlUp and learn more about this inspiring initiative.


Memorandum of Understanding with the Arab Foundations Forum

3 June 2010, Helsinki

The United Nations Office for Partnerships is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) today. The AFF seeks to strengthen the capacity and impact of strategic philanthropy in the Arab region to advance the public good and welfare of Arab citizens. It also aims to enhance accountability and transparency in this key region.

The UN Office for Partnerships believes that this innovative philanthropic approach can offer new and creative solutions towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It looks forward to further collaborations and partnerships with the Arab Foundations Forum.


Development Cooperation Forum in Helsinki

3 - 4 June 2010, Helsinki

Today, the High-level Symposium, in preparation for the 2010 Development Cooperation Forum, takes place in Helsinki, Finland. This event, by the UN Department of Social Affairs and the Foreign Ministry of Finland, was organized in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. The intentions of the Forum are to identify solutions that would make development policies more coherent and effective and to improve the impact of development cooperation on an international level.

Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP, moderates an interactive panel that discusses the roles of civil society organizations, foundations and decentralized development cooperations towards the achievement of international development goals and the MDGs. The discussions and key messages of the Helsinki High-level symposium will be captured in a report to inform the Development Cooperation Forum.

Please visit this website for further information on the Helsinki symposium


Second Annual Nestlé - Creating Shared Value Forum

27 May 2010, London

On 27 May 2010, Nestlé and the International Business Leaders’ Forum, with the support of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, held the second annual Creating Shared Value Forum in London, UK. The forum brought together international leaders to discuss current global challenges in the areas of nutrition, water, and rural development. The forum addressed how the private sector and businesses can contribute to finding solutions in these key areas and discussed sustainable investment and partnership opportunities. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP, participated in the forum and delivered a speech about the potential impact of the private sector’s expertise, knowledge and creativity on the achievement of the MDGs.

The forum also awarded the inaugural Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value to the International Development Enterprises Cambodia, a local non-profit organization that uses market-based approaches to increase the income of the rural population in Cambodia.

To read more about the Creating Shared Value Forum and access additional resources, please visit this website.


Memorandum of Understanding with Athgo International

27 May 2010, New York

The United Nations Office for Partnerships is pleased to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Athgo International yesterday. This is an important step towards strengthening the ongoing successful cooperation between Athgo International and the United Nations system.

Athgo International is a non-profit organization that aims to empower young people with the tools, capacity and knowledge to develop and realize innovative, entrepreneurial ideas. Athgo International is a member of the UN Global Compact and is affiliated with various other UN entities such as ECOSOC and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Through its outreach and network, Athgo International has trained over 3,500 young entrepreneurs worldwide.

The UN Office for Partnerships looks forward to working with Athgo International to develop new ways to pursue the Millennium Development Goals. Encouraging young people’s entrepreneurial skills is a promising approach to accomplish a real impact for people in need.

For further information about Athgo International, please also visit their website.


Partnerships for Smart Diplomacy

12-13 May 2010, Arlington, Virginia

Today Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, delivered a keynote speech at the U.S. Department of State as part of the Interagency Policy Seminar on "Partnerships for Smart Diplomacy". The goal of this event is to inspire State Department leaders and other public and private sector professionals to think creatively and entrepreneurially about building strategic partnerships.

This two day event took place at the Foreign Service Institute and brought together leaders from the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the Department of Justice and other government agencies as well as representatives from the private sector, civil society and academia. Welcome remarks were delivered by Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley, Department of State Special Representative for Global Partnerships. The event was organized by Mr. Ed Salazar, Senior Program Officer at the Foreign Service Institute, Policy Leadership Division, and coordinated by Jim Thompson, Regional Director for Global Partnerhsips at the FSI, under the aegis of Ambassador Bagley. The event benefited from the presentation made by Amir Dossal, which was created with the help of Ms. Lucie Brigham, Ms. Samantha Savarese and Mr. Sebastian Woerle of the UN Office for Partnerships.

The Global Partnership Initiative at the U.S. Department of State was launched in 2009, with the support of the UN Office for Partnerships, and its purpose is to develop innovative public-private partnerships. For more information about the Initiative, please visit their website.


 

Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Development

11 May 2010, New York

On Tuesday, May 11, a Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Development took place within the context of the 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-18).

The objective of the Dialogue was to explore how the United Nations can harness partnerships as a strategic mechanism to improve and strengthen programmes for sustainable development. Partnerships have become an integral part of development, and perhaps the most popular medium for the increasing the involvement of non-traditional actors in the work of the United Nations system.

The Chairperson of the eighteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, Dr. Luis Alberto Ferraté Felice, invited participants to reflect on the crucial role the UN system can play in supporting partnerships with the public and private sectors and civil society. Panellists included Mr. Maleye Diop of UNDP, Ms. Heather Allen, Senior Manager of Sustainable Development at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Mr. Mauricio Fernandes, Partnership Relations Officer for the Planet Earth Institute, Mr. Christian Brodhag, MTF Sustainable Tourism, H.E. Mr. Ronny Jumeau, Permanent Representative of the Seychelles to the UN, and Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships.

This engaging dialogue was coordinated by Ms. Dianne Quarless, Head of Partnerships, under the leadership of the Director of the Division for Sustainable Development, Mr. Tariq Banuri. To read the welcoming remarks by Amir Dossal, please click here. For more information about the Commission on Sustainable Development, please visit their website.


Making a Difference through the Arts

22 April 2010, New York

On 22 April 2010, CITYarts hosted “Making a Difference through the Arts", an annual Gala Event at the Ana Tzarev Gallery in New York. The event brought together high-profile personalities from the art community, the private sector, foundations, and civil society in support of the CITY arts mission "to build bridges of cultural understanding", by giving young people the opportunity to take an active role in shaping their own future and their communities. Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive and Artistic Director of CITYarts Inc, stated that “when kids create, they do not destroy, when they work together they can make amazing things happen".

Part of the event was a charitable art auction with all proceeds donated to the CITYarts Young Minds Build Bridges Program. Guests were also given the opportunity to sponsor future workshops and art programs for CITYarts children.

At the event, CITYarts presented an award for outstanding leaders from the public and private sector for their commitment and support for the rights of children. Awards were given to Badr Jafar, Executive Director of the Crescent Petroleum Group, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships.

For more information about CITYarts, please visit their website.


The Montreal Millennium Summit

21-22 April 2010, Montreal, Canada

At the initiative of Daniel Germain, president and founder of the Quebec Breakfast Club and the Breakfast Clubs of Canada, the Montreal Millennium Summit took place from April 20 to 22.

Held at the Palais des congrès, this High-level event aims to make the fight against poverty everyone's business. Key players from governments and civil society, academic and cultural communities, and leading humanitarian organizations came together to raise public awareness of the Millennium Development Goals and initiate change in order to address the major challenges of our century, as set forth by the United Nations with the Millennium Declaration. A special emphasis was given to the impact of climate change on achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The list of speakers included Christine Stewart, Canada's environment minister during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations; Al Gore, 42nd Vice-President of the United States and author of the bestseller ‘An Inconvenient Truth’; Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and godmother of the Summit; Salil Shetty, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign; Philippe Cousteau, president, CEO and cofounder of EarthEcho International, a non-profit organization that empowers youth to take action that protects and restores our water planet.

Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, moderated a panel on Haiti's reconstruction, a joint initiative of The Coca Cola Company and Inter-American Development Bank. Participating discussants included Jean-Yves Jason, Mayor of Port-au-Prince, Carlos de Paco, Principal Partnerships Officer, the Inter-American Development Bank and Afzaal Malik, Vice President, International Relations, The Coca-Cola Company.

For further information on the Summit please contact Lucie Brigham at Brigham@un.org, Tel: 212-963-3441.


UN Foundation Board Meeting

19-21 April 2010, Palo Alto

The Board Meeting of the United Nations Foundation was held in Palo Alto, California from the 19-21 April, 2010. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships participated in the meeting and provided a report on the United Nations Office for Partnerships’ achievements in forging collaboration between the private and public sector in order to support the initiatives and programmes of the UN Foundation related to issues such as Children’s Health, Climate & Energy, Women & Population and Technology.

The United Nations Foundation is an advocate for the United Nations and serves as a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.


The Medical Knowledge Institute opens U.S. Branch

20 April 2010, Springfield, Massachusetts

The international non-profit organization the Medical Knowledge Institute (MKI), currently based in the Netherlands, is opening a U.S. branch in Springfield, Massachusetts. The MKI motto is “Prevention through Education”, and the organization works with issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention, oral health and early childhood development, providing medical training and workshops to local aid workers in Southern Africa. The MKI was founded in 1999 by Dr. Harold E. Robles, founder and President Emeritus of the Albert Schweitzer Institute for the Humanities, and Dr. Peter J. Bittel, Chairman and CEO of The Futures Health Group.

In partnership with the American International College (AIC) the MKI is launching the Desmond Tutu Lecture Series on Public Health Awareness. The Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, as the first speaker in the series, will deliver his inaugural address at 4 PM tonight, April 20, 2010 at the Springfield Symphony Hall.

For more information about the Medical Knowledge Institute, please visit their website.


Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations hands over $ 250,000 to the Trust Fund for the Permanent Memorial to honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

15 April 2010, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York

Today His Excellency Ambassador H. S. Puri, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations handed over a cheque of $ 250,000 as the Government of India’s contribution to the Trust Fund for the Permanent Memorial to honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Amir Dossal, Executive Director, United Nations Office for Partnerships, who received the donation on behalf of the Trust Fund warmly welcomed India’s contribution and appreciated India’s deep comitment to pay homage to the victims of slavery and the slave trade, one of mankind’s greatest scars, to recognize the tragedy so that such abhorrent practices are not repeated.

Ambassador Raymond O. Wolfe, Permanent Representative of Jamaica and Chairman of the Permanent Memorial Committee stated that this sent a powerful message of support from the world's largest Democracy and hoped it would incourage others. Mr Kiyotaka Akasaka, UN Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, who was also present at the occasion, stressed that the memorial should serve as a living reminder to the international community of the need to maintain momentum in combating the legacy of slavery, including pernicious contemporary forms of the practice.

To download the press release of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations please click here.


World Entrepreneurship Day Kick-off Celebration

14 April 2010, United Nations, New York

Today the World Entrepreneurship Day (WED) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships hosted the World Entrepreneurship Day Kickoff Celebration at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The event brought together some of the most creative and entrepreneurial leaders in the city and beyond for an afternoon of education, connection, and celebration.

We noticed that there were days for groundhogs, turtles and many other things, but no day to celebrate entrepreneurship” said Lauren Amarante, co-founder of the World Entrepreneurship Day and one of the organizers of the event.

Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, gave welcoming remarks and challenged the participants to think about how entrepreneurs can use their creativity to solve global problems. “Anyone who can come up with an example that can be replicated, we want to hear about, so that the UN can bring these examples to other countries” Amir Dossal said.

Throughout the day a large number of entrepreneurs, business leaders and educators were brought together. Peter Thum, founder of Ethos Water and the nonprofit organization Giving Water, explained that his goal was "to connect the 500 million bottled water consumers in the world with the 1,2 billion people who don’t have access to clean water”. Mr. Thum highlighted the fact that consumers are becoming more and more interested in supporting socially responsible entrepreneurs. “People started to take interest in our brand because it was so different”, he said. The sale of Ethos Water bottles has raised enough funds to provide over 400 000 people with clean water and sanitation.

The World Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is an internationally recognized day for the celebration of entrepreneurship, taking place on April 16th, 2010. For more information about the event, please visit the World Entrepreneurship Day Kickoff Celebration Website or join the event on facebook or Twitter.


Investing in the Millennium Development Goals: How the Business Community can contribute to Sustainable Development

7-8 April 2010, United Nations, New York

On April 7th the Business Civic Leadership Center’s Global Corporate Citizenship Program together with the United Nations Office for Partnerships launched a two-day High-level Forum on Investing in the Millennium Development Goals. The event took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The opening session, moderated by Stephen Jordan, Executive Director of the Business Leadership Center was designed as a vital discussion on the role of the private sector and the future of Corporate Social Responsibility. In an effort to explore opportunities to improve the impact of corporate philanthropy all participants agreed that closer collaboration between corporations, governments and civil society organizations is needed. “This process of building closer partnerships is crucial if we want our resources to go further”, Mike Critelli, former Chairman and CEO of Pitney Bowes said.

On the second day of the High-level meeting leading figures from UN agencies, the private sector and civil society organizations met to elaborate new strategies to enhance the concerted efforts of the public and private sector to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals, acknowledged the Millennium Development Goals as “the most galvanizing initiative that has ever been created to address poverty”. Mr. Sachs underscored that partnerships are essential to the process of addressing the MDGs and called for a complimentary effort of public and private investment in business.

One of the key success factors for public private partnerships was identified in the process of questioning what benefit may be in it for the 'other side'. “We have to figure out new ways how the United Nations and the private sector can work together to create sustainable development,” Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships said. Part of this might be achieved through greater coherence and sharing of best practices and lessons learned, as to mention just some of the issues that were discussed. This strongly outcome oriented approach was especially stimulated by Stephen Jordan, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Business Civic Leadership Center, who moderated all seven panels and called upon all participants: ”to create decisions that are really going to make a difference”.

The Forum’s outcomes and discussion points will be incorporated into the High-level Plenary Meeting on the MDG’s during the 65th General Assembly of the United Nations in September, and the Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the United Nations Office for Partnerships.


Haitian Government, Inter-American Development Bank, The Coca Cola Company and United Nations Office for Partnerships jointly announce “Haiti Hope Project”

31 March 2010, United Nations, New York

At a High-level event at the UN Headquarters His Excellency Jean-Max Bellerive, Prime Minister of Haiti and President Bill Clinton, UN Special Envoy for Haiti and co-chair of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, along with Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank, Muthar Kent, CEO of The Coca Cola Company and Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships announced the launch of the Haiti Hope Project, an initiative that will create new opportunities for 25,000 Haitain mango farmers and their families by developing a sustainable mango juice industry.

With the support of the Haitian Government, The Coca-Cola Company, the Inter-American Development Bank and the nonprofit organization TechnoServe, are partnering on a five-year project, estimated at $7.5-million, aiming to double the incomes of fruit farmers and to raise their standard of living, while contributing to the long-term development and revitalization of Haiti. “This innovative public-private partnership serves as a pioneering model on how the concerted efforts of the public sector, corporations, and civil society can make a difference to the lives of people living in extreme poverty”, as Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, said.

In addition to financial investment in the initiatives, Coca-Cola and other public and private sector partners will make in-kind contributions such as technical assistance, capital investments, research and development and long-term purchasing contacts.

President Bill Clinton appreciated the extreme efforts that made this initiative happen within just seven weeks and welcomed the Haiti Hope Project for creating a structure that will help the Haitian people to help themselves.

Starting from next month consumers can also contribute to this project by purchasing the Odwalla Haiti Hope Mango Lime Juice whereas 100 percent of the profits will be directed to the project.

To see the press release from The Coca Cola Company please visit their website.


King Khalid Foundation and United Nations Office for Partnerships sign groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding at the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropy

22 March 2010, Doha, Qatar

Today Her Royal Highness Princess Banderi Abdul Rahman Al Faisal, Director General of the King Khalid Foundation (KKF), and Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships met at the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists in Doha to sign a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding.

The agreement signed between the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the King Khalid Foundation will establish a framework in which both parties will cooperate on issues of common interest supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. In this partnership using smart philanthropy as a vehicle to promote peace and development will be key. The pioneering work of the King Khalid Foundation serves as a model for others and it is anticipated that this partnership will lead to closer cooperation between the foundations community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Nations family.

The King Khalid Foundation is a Royal Foundation established by the family of the late King Khalid of Saudi Arabia. KKF is the leading philanthropic institution aimed at improving social and economic development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Holding the belief that all people have the inherent capacity to effect change in their lives and their communities, KKF uses its resources and expertise to make a positive impact in people's lives and works in partnership with other organizations to provide innovative solutions to critical social and economic challenges in the Kingdom.

KKF is a catalyst for change. Whether it funds social and economic development projects (including training, research, and policy development programs); works on the human and organizational capacity building within the nonprofit sector; or awards citizens and corporations for their social responsibility and contributions, KKF provides people with the support and recognition necessary to strengthen the country’s social and economic position.

For further information please visit the King Khalid Foundation’s website at www.kkf.org.sa


Leaders in Philanthropy, Government and Business meet at Third Annual World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists in Doha

22 March 2010, Doha, Qatar

The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists announced today an interfaith “call to action” for increased cooperation to address poverty, hunger, disease and other pressing global issues at its third annual World Congress in Doha.

As a premier worldwide forum on Muslim philanthropy, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, held in conjunction with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, is a network of donors, foundations and socially responsible corporations established to promote effective and accountable giving. WCMP is a unique catalyst for partnerships across public, private, and social sectors, offering information and resources to link donors with social investment opportunities. As a trusted broker of collaborative relationships, WCMP mobilizes financial and human resources to address global issues and advance efficient philanthropy.

The event already can be called a major success, with many groundbreaking initiatives and partnerships that have been established. This process has been very much appreciated by the United Nations as Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships has explained: “I applaud the work of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists team for making this conference a huge logistical success. Key players not only from the region but also from Europe, Asia and North America have come together with creative ideas to engage not only the Muslim community but also others for addressing the Millennium Development Goals.”

One of the flagship initiatives which came out of this Conference was the launch of the Leadership Circle to promote science, technology and innovation in the Muslim world, which was organized by Ellis Rubinstein, President of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Another highlight of the event was the announcement of honorees of the first-ever Muslim Philanthropy Awards, by which Her Royal Highness Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, daughter of the Emir of Qatar, was honored with the Eminent Muslim Philanthropist Award “for her visionary leadership, outstanding commitment and fascinating spirit of philanthropy.”

For further information please visit the website of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropy at www.thewcmp.org

The United Nations Office for Partnerships especially wants to thank the Global Media Centre, an initiative of the Network of European Foundations’ Mercator Fund, for doing the advocacy and outreach for the conference – and more importantly for helping participants understand the power of media outreach efforts that can result in more impactful work.


The Financial Tracking System and Funding to the Haiti Crisis

18 March 2010, United Nations, New York

Since the day after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti the Financial Tracking Service, a global, on-line, real-time database of humanitarian funding needs and international contributions, has been recording hundreds of cash and in-kind responses contributing to the relief efforts for Haiti.

Managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) the FTS serves to improve decisions about resource allocation and advocacy by clearly indicating to what extent populations in crisis receive humanitarian aid, and in what proportion to needs. Located at the OCHA website FTS offers a series of analytical tables that show humanitarian aid flows to specific crises, and also allows users to produce custom tables on demand. Thereby it offers quick information on which organizations are operating at what scale and in what sectors of activities. This is especially helpful considering that it covers all countries for which international humanitarian funding is reported and displays all entered contributions in real time. The Financial Tracking System provides raw material for advocacy by providing an overview of who is doing what to respond to the crisis and highlighting under-funded organizations and sectors and also helps donors direct their funding towards where it is most needed and gives an overview of Flash Appeal funding.

To download further information, please click here.


Press Conference on the Chile Earthquake and launch of CHILE HOPES: a new international fundraising initiative for Chile’s earthquake victims

05 March 2010, United Nations, New York

At a press conference held this morning at the UN Headquarters, the Permanent Representative of Chile to the UN, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Partnerships Office called upon support for the earthquake that hit Chile past Saturday.

The UN Office for Partnerships is facilitating offers of cash and in-kind contributions from the private sector, civil society and individual citizens to support the UN relief operations in Chile. It has already received numerous offers of assistance and will be channeling them to the relevant UN system organizations.

In addition the office is working with a number of key umbrella organizations, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Centre for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, European Foundation Centre, the Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, and others to mobilize their support for the Earthquake victims.

Moreover, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Partnerships Office launched a new international fundraising initiative called CHILE HOPES, aimed at helping the victims of the Chile earthquake.

The initiative, which will attract donations through its webpage www.chilehopes.org, will call upon artists to contribute to this cause by creating songs specially recorded for Chile’s current humanitarian crisis. The project will create a virtual space for performance and donations, connecting artists and citizens from all around the world to the families left homeless in Chile. The Duchess of York, as part of her “Mothers Army” initiative, will travel to Chile in a month to contact local women in devastated areas and connect them to a global social network of mothers, which will provide the necessary knowledge to rebuild towns from the ground up, establishing synergy between donors and recipients.

CHILE HOPES is a project that will work as a complement to the state’s reconstruction efforts because it will focus on aiding individual families and communities throughout the country. Even if Chile’s state has strong democratic institutions and enough resources saved to rebuild its public infrastructure and maintain its macroeconomic stability, the majority of the damage left by the earthquake was on an individual level. First the quake shook the earth with its devastating force, destroying homes and small businesses, and what was left standing was leveled to the ground by the inclement force of the ocean. Even if the state will rebuild those villages’ and towns’ roads, electric grids, schools and hospitals, those families and their children will still be homeless.

All the money raised through chilehopes.org will go directly to the 2 million families that lost their homes in Chile. We are currently assessing the damages and putting together a list with the people that need our help the most. In order to channel the funding, the Gabriela Mistral Foundation USA, through the CHILE HOPES website, will receive the donations and send them to nonprofit organizations in Chile that are currently working on the reconstructions process. After the damages are assessed and the families in need are identified, we will develop specific rebuilding projects in specific communities, and donors, through a voting system, will be able to choose where they want their funds to be invested.

The focal point for Chile at the United Nations Office for Partnerships is Lucie Brigham, Tel: 212 963 3441, Email: Brigham@un.org.


ENGAGING PHILANTHROPY TO PROMOTE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER EQUALITY

22 February 2010, 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m., United Nations, New York

On 22 February 2010, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a special event on “Engaging philanthropy to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This event was organized in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).

In an effort to explore collaborative opportunities in advancing the gender-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the special event featured discussions on innovative partnerships focused specifically on “ending violence against women and girls” and “promoting women’s economic empowerment,” issues which are high on the United Nations agenda.

Chaired by the President of ECOSOC, Hamidon Ali, the opening session was addressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Representatives of foundations, private companies and civil society organizations participated in discussions on the themes of ending violence against women and girls, and promoting women’s economic empowerment.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, moderated a discussion on “Announcements of initiatives in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment,” during which participants on behalf of organizations made commitments to achieving the gender-related MDGs. These commitments will be incorporated in the report of the ECOSOC High-Level Segment in July 2010. If you would like to add your commitment to this list, please fill out this form and send to either Ms. Lucie Brigham, email: Brigham@un.org, or Ms. Leslie Wade, email: wade@un.org


ENGAGING PHILANTHROPY TO PROMOTE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER EQUALITY

22 February 2010, 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m., United Nations, New York

Contingent to the ECOSOC special event “Engaging philanthropy to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment” was the launch of the exhibit “The Reflective Mirror,” which features art by women artists from around the world. This initiative of her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Women Establishment and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansourbin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs of UAE, is an outstanding contribution to the women’s empowerment agenda and moreover sends a positive message of cultural understanding and peace.

The United Nations Office for Partnerships would like to take this opportunity to express deep appreciation for Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s dynamic leadership and vision to make this world a better place for all women and children. In particular, UNOP would like to recognize his work with UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, which provides a powerful call to action and a valuable platform for social change. UNOP would also like to thank the dynamic team of the Dubai Women Establishment, in particular Nazneen Shafi, for their support and dedicated efforts in realizing the “Reflective Mirror” exhibition.

Acknowledgements also extend to H.E. Mr. Hamidon Ali; President of ECOSOC, Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General of DESA; Ms. Leslie Wade, Chief of the ECOSOC Interorganizational Cooperation Branch (EICB); Mr. Ajit Yogasundram, Program Officer of EICB; Ms. Ines Alberdl, Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women; and the Committee for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, in particular Mr. Charles Moore.


TOY INDUSTRIY MEETS WITH UNITED NATIONS TO DISCUSS COLLABORATION

11 February 2010, New York

Today the High-Level Roundtable of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) took place in New York. The Roundtable, which consists of CEO’s of major toy manufacturers from around the globe, focused on possible synergies between the toy industry and the work of the United Nations, particularly in relation to children’s health and well-being.

Distinguished guests included Mr. Al Verrecchia, President of Hasbro Inc and Co-Chair of ICTI Cares Process, and Mr. Arnie Rubin, CEO of Funrise Inc and Chair of ICTI. Among guest speakers were Her Grace Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York; Ms. Caryl Stern, President and Chief Executive of UNICEF; Mr. Henry Jackelen, Director of UNDP Private Sector Division; and Ms. Tea Leoni, Actress and Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF. Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, served as Master of Ceremonies. Amir Dossal is also a board member of ICTI.

The International Council of Toy Industries is the industry association for the worldwide toy industry. ICTI and its member associations are committed to the promotion of toy safety standards and to the advancement of social responsibility in the industry. ICTI CARE Process, which is a part of ICTI, serves as the international toy industry's ethical manufacturing program, aimed at ensuring safe and humane workplace environments for toy factory workers worldwide. ITCI is working with the United Nations system, including the UN Office for Partnerships, to engage its members in furthering the Millennium Development Goals.

For more information on ICTI, please see the link to its website below:

http://www.toy-icti.org/.


Ambassador Muñoz Sums Up his Term as PBC Chair

27 January 2010, New York

Ambassador Muñoz, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations, had a very successful year as Chairman of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). Ambassador Muñoz created a robust platform for engaging state and non-state actors in addressing the challenges in post-conflict countries. The United Nations Office for Partnerships worked very closely with him and his Office to support the important work of PBC. We deeply value his commitment to work with civil society in dealing with post-conflict situations and wish him continued success. For more information on Ambassador Muñoz's work with PBC please click here.


Book Launch of "A Journey from the Heart to the World”

15 January 2010, New York

The United Nations Office for Partnerships is pleased to announce the release of the book “A Journey from the Heart to the World." The book, written and illustrated by Mr. William Ho, seeks to convey messages of Peace and Hope through art, poetry, and proverbs. Mr. Ho, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information and the United Nations Office for Partnerships, presented the book at the United Nations Bookshop on January 15, 2009. It was a wonderful event at which Mr. Dossal was given the honor to introduce Mr. William Ho and his new book.

Mr. William Ho is an internationally recognized artist with a passion for helping the suffering people of the world, in particular children. He is also the Founder of the One Heartbeat around the World Movement which underscores the belief that as one global family, “We are all connected by a single heartbeat.”

For more information on Mr. Ho and his new book, please see the link to his website below:

http://www.williamhoart.com


United Nations Hosts Investor Summit on Climate Risk

18 January 2010, New York

On 14 January 2010, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, together with Ceres and the United Nations Foundation, hosted the fourth Investor Summit on Climate Risk at UN Headquarters in New York. The event, which took place on the heels of international climate treaty talks in Copenhagen, gathered a leading number of institutional investors, fund managers, financial advisors and others from around the globe, representing trillions of dollars in assets.

The Summit explored how the rapid global shift to clean technologies and energy efficiency can stimulate economic growth, and highlighted how investors can participate in the low-carbon transition. Speakers included U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Former Vice-President Al Gore, U.S. Climate Envoy Todd Stern, and Media Executive/Philanthropist Ted Turner. Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, gave welcoming remarks which underscored the critical role investors will play in driving the new clean energy economy forward.

The Summit also saw the announcement of the Investor Statement on Catalyzing Investment in a Low-Carbon Economy, which calls on the U.S. and other governments to move quickly to adopt strong national climate policies that will spur low-carbon investments to reduce emissions causing climate change. To download the full statement, please click here. For more information, please also view the Investor Summit on Climate Risk's Final Report. Video footage and other content from the Summit can be found at http://www.incr.com/summit.


United Nations Response to the Earthquake in Haiti

13 January 2010, New York

The Team of the United Nations Office for Partnerships is deeply saddened by the terrible earthquake which impacted so many in Haiti. We send our sympathies to families and loved ones and stand behind them during this difficult time.

Private contributions can be made via the United Nations Foundation or directly to the Central Emergency Response Fund Account (CERF).

This morning the UN Foundation committed $1 million to assist in the relief and reconstruction efforts. The Foundation is also reaching out to its partners, donors, grassroots and friends to seek their support. The UN Foundation is the private sector mechanism for raising funds for the UN emergency efforts through the CERF. The CERF provides immediate assistance during crisis such as this. For more information, please see the links below:

http://www.unfoundation.org/donate/cerf.html.

http://ochaonline.un.org/cerf/CERFHome/tabid/1705/Default.aspx.

In addition to the CERF, the UN Foundation's Technology Partnership supports emergency communications deployment and has a team on their way to Haiti at this moment. The team will provide vital communications so that families can communicate within Haiti as well as with family and friends in the US and around the world. For further information about the situation in Haiti and to support United Nations relief efforts, please visit the following websites:

http://ochaonline.un.org/FundingFinance/Donations/tabid/1215/Default.aspx.

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/dbc.nsf/doc108?OpenForm&emid=EQ-2010-000009-HTI&rc=2 .


Happy Hearts Fund launches the “Bring Happiness Back” Campaign at the United Nations

15 December 2009, New York

On December 15, 2009, the Happy Hearts Fund, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships will launch the Campaign “Bring Happiness Back”, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, which struck on December 26, 2004.

The Campaign aims to highlight the benefits of providing access to education and technology in a self-sustaining way to children in areas devastated by natural disasters. It focuses on rebuilding schools, and establishing community-oriented businesses to create empowerment and independence in areas adversely affected by natural disasters.

HHF has been working with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, which has provided strategic advice on partnerships-building with the UN system in support of achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“Natural disasters change the life of a child in an instant and forever,” said Petra Nemcova, founder and chair of Happy Hearts Fund. “The most effective way to help entire communities recover and rebuild is to help children return to school as soon as possible. When the children have access to a safe school environment, the healing and recovery can begin. While the children are at school, the rest of the family can concentrate on reconstructing their lives and going back to their day jobs. Rebuilding of schools helps children in their recovery process and helps bring the community back on its feet”.

For more information, go to the www.HappyHeartsFund.org. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.


CITYarts' Pieces for Peace Exhibition Opening and the World Book Launch

15 December 2009, New York

On December 15, 2009, CITYarts will present the Pieces for Peace Traveling Exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information and the United Nations Office for Partnerships. The event is held under the royal patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affair UAE.

Pieces for Peace is CITYarts’ flagship international project under the Young Minds Build Bridges program. It aims to encourage cultural understanding among youth worldwide and invites them to take responsibility and play an active role in shaping their future. Over 3,000 artworks, from 50 schools in 37 countries, will be displayed in the exhibition. In conjunction with this opening, CITYarts will launch its self-published interactive Peace Book highlighting the creative process of the ongoing Pieces for Peace project.

Mr. Ahmad Fawzi, Director of the News and Media Division at the United Nations Department of Public Information, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

To download the full article, please click here.

For further information about CITYarts please visit their website: www.cityarts.org.


Reception in Support of the Permanent Memorial Committee at the United Nations to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

17 November 2009, New York

On November 17, 2009, the Permanent Memorial Committee, in association with the African Union and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), hosted a reception in support of the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The event took place at the Ana Tzarev Gallery in New York, which generously provided its venue for the cause.

The event coincided with the exhibition, Grace of Africa, a retrospective of Ana Tzarev paintings inspired by her travels in Africa. In support of the Permanent Memorial, the Ana Tzarev Gallery produced 75 limited edition reproductions of Ms. Tzarev’s painting “Girl from Akra”. The proceeds raised from the sale of these reproductions will support the Permanent Memorial project.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP; Ambassador Raymond O. Wolfe, Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Chairman of the Permanent Memorial Committee; and Mr. Russell Simmons, Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial, made welcoming remarks and spoke on the deep significance of the Initiative, which aims to re-engage the attention of the International Community on the horrific nature of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

For more information regarding the event, please click here.


Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development 3rd World Forum

27-30th October, 2009, Basan, Republic of Korea

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) 3rd World Forum took place in Basan, South Korea, from October 27th-30th, 2009. This year’s theme, "Charting Progress, Building Visions, Improving Life," provided an opportunity to examine the paradigm of “Progress.”

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, led a Panel Discussion on “The Role of Foundations.” The panel examined the role of foundations in assessing the achievements of the international community in improving the quality of life of the unprivileged. In his opening remarks, Mr. Dossal affirmed the resolve of the United Nations in ensuring that concerted and collective action are forged towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The panelist examined specific ways in which foundations can contribute towards the achievement of the United Nations MDGs. Those who also attended the forum include the OECD’s Secretary-General, Angel Gurria and Ms. Insill Yi, Commissioner of Statistics of Korea.

The OECD provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies.


For detailed information on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, please visit their website: www.oecd.org.


UN Foundation Board Meeting

24th-30th October, 2009, Beijing and Shanghai, China.

The Board Meeting of the United Nations Foundation was held in Beijing and Shanghai, China, from the 24th-30th of October, 2009. Mr. Amir Dossal, the Executive Director, United Nations Office for Partnerships participated in the meeting and provided a report on UNOP’s role in forging partnerships between the private and public sectors in order to support the initiatives and programmes of the Foundation which includes Children’s Health, Climate & Energy, Women and Population and Technology.

The UN Foundation is an advocate for the United Nations and serves as a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. http://www.unfoundation.org/.

For more information on the UN Foundation, please visit their website: www.unfoundation.org.


GTI Business Advisory Council Steering Committee Meeting

27th October, 2009, Beijing, China

On October 27, 2009, the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) in collaboration with Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), held the first Greater Tumen Initiative Business Advisory Council Committee Meeting (BAC) in Beijing, China. Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, chaired the meeting which was attended by 20 world business leaders and representatives of the United Nations.

In a significant step to enhance the role of the Business Advisory Council, members agreed to transform the Business Advisory Council Steering Committee into the Business Advisory Council Executive Committee. This was followed by the nomination of three additional Executive Committee members. Participants also agreed to strengthen dialogue between the business community and Greater Tumen Initiative member governments in furtherance of private–public cooperation in Northeast Asia.

Those who attended the meeting included: Mr. Khalid Malik , UNDP Resident Representative & UN Resident Coordinator in China; Mr. James Zimmerman, Chairman Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in China; Mrs. Magdalena Orlicka-So, Director, European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea and Mr. Anthony Walton, Vice Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank, Americas, USA was also in attendance.

The Greater Tumen Initiative is an intergovernmental Consultative Commission that enables member countries to identify and implement regional initiatives that encourage economic growth, improve living standards and contribute to peace and stability in North-East Asia. All Greater Tumen Initiative countries are fully committed to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Greater Tumen Initiative member countries include: China, the Russian Federation, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea and Mongolia.

For more detailed information on Greater Tumen Initiative, Please visit their website : www.tumenprogramme.org.

For the full text of this Press Release, please click here.


World Childhood Foundation and UNOP held 2009 World Childhood Foundation Anniversary Symposium: Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children – 10 years in the field

21st October, 2009, New York

On October 21st, the World Childhood Foundation USA, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), hosted the “2009 Childhood Anniversary Symposium: Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children – 10 years in the field”, at United Nations Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber.

The event was held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, Founder of World Childhood Foundation, who provided an overview of Childhood’s projects and initiatives focused on children at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation. Queen Silvia was accompanied by Her Highness Princess Madeleine. The Symposium included experts from the public and private sectors, who discussed ways to enhance collaboration in order to mobilize the various stakeholders to protect children at risk around the world. The programme included speakers such as Ms. Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman, Carlson Co., Ms. Jenny Bowen, Founder of Half the Sky in China, Ms. Natasha Jackson, GSMA Mobile Alliance, and Mr. Mats Agurén, Secretary General of World Childhood Foundation.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, opened the Symposium and introduced Her Majesty Queen Silvia, as well as Ms. Charlotte Brandin, Executive Director of World Childhood Foundation USA.

A full program is attached here. For the event press release, please click here.

For more information on the work of World Childhood Foundation, please visit their website: www.childhood-usa.org.


WCMP Launches Multi-Donor Giving Circle to Combat Hunger and poverty

16th October, 2009, New York

The UN Office for Partnerships is collaborating with the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP) to support the UN goals to alleviate poverty and address the global food crises. WCMP aims to encourage donors to invest and evaluate programs that address hunger and improve food security. WCMP is a global network of donors, foundations, and socially responsive corporations established to advance effective and accountable giving. WCMP is a unique catalyst for partnerships across public, private, and social sectors, offering information and resources to link donors with social investment opportunities. WCMP mobilizes financial and human resources to address global issues and advance efficient philanthropy.

On 16th October, 2009, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists launched its first multi-donor giving circle the “Hasanah Fund” to develop and implement new and more sustainable programs to combat world hunger and poverty in 20 countries facing the ongoing food crises. The fund is administered by an independent board comprised of major benefactors of the fund.

For the full text of the Press Release please click here .


Fifth Committee of the General Assembly meets to discuss the Secretary-General's annual report on the UN Office for Partnerships

13th October, 2009, New York

On 13th October , 2009, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) of the UN General Assembly met to discuss the Secretary-General’s report on the work of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, which keeps the General Assembly updated on the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), Partnerships and Advisory Services, as well as Outreach.

In his address, Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, underscored the positive effect of the UN’s relationship with the UN Foundation, which extends beyond the contribution of more than $1 billion to UN causes. Mr. Dossal noted that the UN has been sensitized to regard the private sector as a stakeholder in its work and has developed and refined methods of engaging non-state actors in its work, which is mutually beneficial. The Office has used the Millennium Development Goals as an important factor in its dialogue with potential partners to encourage participation in tangible solutions to poverty alleviation, the status of women, the environment and all other priorities. Mr. Dossal mentioned that despite the global economic condition, there is continued interest from the private sector and individuals to partner with the United Nations. UNOP plans to target Africa to strengthen partnership with key entities, i.e the African Union, as we strive to develop a strategy to attract new investments.

The resolution was approved, without a vote.


Planet UN: Confronting the Challenges of the 21st Century

9th October, 2009, New York

The United Nations Office for Partnership is honored to announce the publication of the book "Planet UN: The United Nations Confronting the Challenges of the 21st Century." The book, written by Romuald Sciora and Annick Stevenson, accompanies the documentary film with the same title. "Planet UN: The United Nations Confronting the Challenges of the 21st Century", brings together sixty of the most influential thinkers of our time, analyzing the United Nations’ involvement in the areas of peace, development and human rights as well as its ability to confront the challenges of tomorrow. It is one of the most extensive books published on the United Nations.

The book which has a French and English version was published in September 2009, in collaboration with the United Nations, support of Le Monde Diplomatique and in partnership with Harper’s Magazine. The book includes a CD-ROM containing extensive historical and bibliographical documents.

For more information on the book or the film, kindly contact Mr. Sciora’s team at E-mail: kinofurmorgen@wanadoo.fr

To view the book cover, please click here.


Briefing for the Visiting ACUMEN Fund Fellows

7th October, 2009, New York

On the occasion of a visit to New York by the group of ACUMEN Fund Fellows, the group met with the UN Office for Partnerships to learn about the work and goals of the United Nations, public-private partnerships in support of the UN causes and discuss possible engagements of ACUMEN projects with the United Nations System. The Acumen Fellowship Fund is committed to supporting talented individuals with dedication, skill, experience and creativity to build enterprises that meet the needs of the poor in the developing world. The Fund currently operates its model of identifying and supporting social innovators in countries such as India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.

Mr. Amir Dossal, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office for International Partnership, delivered a presentation, followed by Q&A session. The discussion highlighted the importance of partnerships between the United Nations, the private sector, foundations and civil society in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals.

Applications for the Class of 2011 are currently open, please click here for more.
For detailed information on the Acumen Fellows Program please visit the following website

www.acumenfund.org/

For detailed information on Acumen Fund Fellows 2010, please click here .


3rd Peace and Sport International Forum

October 1, 2009, New York

Peace and Sport, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), and the United Nations Office for Partnerships have agreed to work together to promote the role of sport in achieving sustainable peace and development, especially in countries emerging from conflicts. This partnership will engage athletes, sport associations, policy makers, international organizations, the private sector, foundations and civil society.

Increasingly, sport is recognized as an important tool in helping the United Nations achieve its objectives, particularly the Millennium Development Goals. The values of tolerance, collaboration, and respect, which are inherent to sport,can provide a powerful platform for social cohesion, dialogue, reconciliation, and learning

Peace and Sport, UNOSDP and UNOP are also collaborating on the 3rd Peace and Sport International Forum, which will take place on 25-27 November, 2009 in Monaco, under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. This high-level event will bring together world leaders and decision-makers in the areas of sport and peace.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP, noted: “I am confident that this partnership will provide a valuable platform for new initiatives and projects with concrete results.”

Peace and Sport is a neutral and apolitical initiative that puts sports and its structuring values, at the heart of development projects led within communities in crisis around the world.

To view details of this press release, please click here.

For detailed information on the Peace and Sport, please visit the following websites

www.peace-sport.org/
www.un.org/sport


4th Global Creative Leadership Summit

23-25 September 2009, New York

The 4th Global Creative Leadership Summit took place from the 23rd to the 25th of September at the Metropolitan Club in New York. The Louise Blouin Foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, organized the summit to provide a platform for heads of state, acclaimed artists, Nobel Prize recipients, private sector leaders and some of the most influential international thought-leaders to address the challenges and opportunities of globalization. The 3-day summit focused on a wide range of salient world issues, such as geo-economics, foreign policy, education, health, poverty and the environment.

Among the distinguished guest speakers was media mogul and philanthropist, Ted Turner, who has done much to advance some of today’s most important humanitarian causes through his commitment, dedication and generosity to the United Nations. On the second day of the conference, the Global Creative Leadership Awards, which honor exceptional individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields and to the lives of others on a global scale, were presented to three recipients at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. The keynote speaker was President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan. The first recipient was the late Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, who fought for democracy, human rights and the role of women in society. The second recipient was industrial designer Bruce Mau, who was honored for his commitment to interdisciplinary innovation, recognizing the challenges across industries for a sustainable and equitable future. The final recipient was Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen of Finland, who was honored for his work in the promotion of technological innovation and global responsibility with respect to climate change.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP, delivered remarks on behalf of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, calling on the participants to encourage their leaders to act on pressing global issues. In addition, Mr. Dossal opened the panel discussion, “Social Entrepreneurs – the Next Generation of Smart Philanthropists”, highlighting the importance of social innovation and public-private partnerships in advancing social programs. Mr. Dossal also recognized the value gained from integrating the business acumen and expertise of individuals from across sectors.

To view the UN Secretary General statement, please click here.

For detailed information on the Global Creative Leadership Summit, please visit the following website www.creativeleadershipsummit.org/


Digital Health Initiative

21 September 2009, New York

On 21 September 2009, a high level group of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and public and private sector leaders, met to launch the Digital Health Initiative (DHI), which started with a closed inaugural meeting of the Advisory Board. The Digital Health Initiative seeks to harness the full potential of digital computing, communication and user device technology to accelerate the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals and other health-for-development projects under the guiding principle of “technology for equity”.

UNOP teamed up with various organizations to launch the Digital Health Initiative at the High Level Working Session, “Digital Health and Global Development”, Technology for Equity, which convened at the Harvard Club in New York. Among the distinguished guest speakers were Prof. Klaus Leisinger, President & CEO of Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on the MDGs. Mr. Denis Gilhooly, Executive Director of Digital Health Initiative, moderated the event and contributed his expertise and knowledge on using technology for purposes of equity. Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP, opened the meeting, highlighting the importance of building public-private coalitions and partnerships in support of a global health agenda. At the meeting, it was agreed that Prof. Leisinger, along with H.E. Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union, would co-chair the initiative.

For detailed information on the Digital Health Initiative, please click here.


Africa Investor Index Series Summit

21 September 2009, New York

On 21 September 2009, the Africa Investor Index Series Summit convened for the second time, laying the groundwork for an annual meeting that aims to engage business leaders, investors, and philanthropists on practical investment partnerships that support the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa. Africa Investor is a specialist investment communications firm advising governments, international organizations and businesses on communication strategies for capital market and foreign direct investments in Africa.

The event demonstrated the benefits of building partnerships to address shared values and objectives. The United Nations Office for Partnerships, together with Africa Investor, NYSE Euronext, the Office of the Special Advisor on Africa, NEPAD, and the NEPAD Business Group, came together to host a High-Level lunch forum aimed at synchronizing efforts to enhance investment opportunities in Africa that will facilitate the achievement of the MDGs. Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP, delivered welcoming remarks at the luncheon recognizing the value of collaborative strategies in reaching the targets set out in the MDGs.

For more information on the event, please visit the following website:
www.africa-investor.com/event.asp?id=173


Conference on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

16 September 2009, New Jersey

On 16 September 2009, the Rothman Institute presented the 2009 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference at Fairleigh Dickinson University. This special event was organized to help executives from nonprofits, social enterprises, and small and medium-sized businesses better understand important trends and key factors for success as they seek to grow their organizations in these challenging times. Some of the key themes discussed included starting new social ventures, nurturing creativity and entrepreneurship through effective management, implementing and sustaining innovation through best practices, and leveraging technology to grow nonprofits in today’s challenging economy.

The event brought together an impressive group of individuals who have contributed to the spread of knowledge and practices concerning social innovation and entrepreneurship. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of United Nations Office for Partnerships, delivered welcoming remarks highlighting the role that public-private partnerships have played in addressing the Millennium Development Goals. Other guest speakers included Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate, Dick Sweeney, co-founder of Keurig Coffee, and Darian Rodriguez Heyman, former Executive Director of Craiglist Foundation.

View an outline of the Conference at a glance here.

For more information on the event, please visit the following website:
view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=5185

To view the event via webcast, please consult the following websites:
rothman-fdu.org/socialinnovation
seecglobal.org/Webcast.html


UN Office for Partnerships and the Information and Technology Corps Join Forces to Address Education Goals through Creative Use of Information Technology

10 August 2009

On August 10, 2009, the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and the Information and Technology Corps (ITCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a framework in which both partners will cooperate in support of the Millennium Development Goal 2 - achieve universal primary education - through bridging the digital divide.

Representatives from UNOP, ITCO, the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA-GAID) and the UN Development Programme participated in the signing ceremony.

The Information and Technology Corps, headed by Dr. Paul Jhin and Dr. Jin Sung Kim, is working closely with the UN DESA-GAID. It is designed as a comprehensive framework focused on building capacity in developing countries, particularly in the education sector, in support of the MDGs. The main goal of the initiative is to provide hundreds of thousands of new and refurbished computers for underprivileged students in developing countries around the world. This aims at improving access to information communications technology in order to advance the educational opportunities for students in developing countries.

During the ceremony Dr. Jhin welcomed the partnership between ITCO and the United Nations. Dr. Jhin stated: “The initiative will serve as an important platform to assist and empower school children in developing countries and provide them with opportunities for better education, improved employment prospects and quality of life.”

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UNOP, noted: “This innovative public-private leadership initiative represents a model for leveraging information technology to advance education in developing countries. It represents a significant contribution toward achievement of the MDGs and is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of ITCO an its team.”


ACUNS Summer Workshop on Global Public Private Partnerships

22 July 2009, New York/Alberta

Peace and Sport, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), and the United Nations Office for Partnerships have agreed to work together to promote the role of sport in achieving sustainable peace and development, especially in countries emerging from conflicts. This partnership will engage athletes, sport associations, policy makers, international organizations, the private sector, foundations and civil society.

The presentation was focused on the potential of Global Public Private Partnerships as an effective and innovative mechanism in furtherance of the UN agenda, including attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session with the participating academics and representatives of the UN System.

ACUNS comprises nearly 800 educational and research institutions as well as individual scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are active in the work and study of multilateral relations, global governance and international cooperation.


Special Event on Philanthropy and the Global Public Health Agenda

23 February 2009

On 23 February 2009, International Corporate Philanthropy Day, a Special Event on Philanthropy and the Global Health Agenda was held.
This event, hosted by ECOSOC, DESA and UNOP, worked in collaboration with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and the World Health Organization.

This special event was organized to serve as part of the preparatory process for the ECOSOC’s 2009 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on “Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health”.

The event brought together an impressive number of top executives and philanthropy leaders, whom together with the ECOSOC Members and other partners collaborated to discuss ways in which to strengthen partnerships towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The participants focused on areas where progress had been slow, specifically those areas which they agreed could benefit from stronger multi-stakeholder participation.

The programme consisted of an opening plenary on “Building effective public-private partnerships in health”, followed by two leadership dialogue panels on “Improving health outcomes of women and girls” and “Raising the profile of neglected tropical diseases”.
The President, in an effort to capture the key messages from the discussion, summarized the meeting’s deliberations which served as an informative and significant input to the High-level Segment which took place in July 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Additionally, the event hosted a number of co-convenors that were dedicated to promoting the meeting and strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs.

Following the completion of the event, a report, titled “Special Event on Philanthropy and the Global Public Health Agenda”, was compiled to present the key debates that took place.

For further information on the event and its final report, please visit the following websites:

www.un.org/ecosoc/phlntrpy/philanthropy09.shtml
www.un.org/ecosoc/docs/sepgpha.shtml


ACUNS Summer Workshop on Global Public Private Partnerships

22 July 2009, New York/Alberta

On 22 July 2009 the UN Office for Partnerships team, including Executive Director Amir Dossal, Senior Partnerships Officer William Kennedy and Chief of Operations Shari Klugman, delivered a presentation to the Summer Workshop of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), hosted at the University of Alberta.

The presentation was focused on the potential of Global Public Private Partnerships as an effective and innovative mechanism in furtherance of the UN agenda, including attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session with the participating academics and representatives of the UN System.

ACUNS comprises nearly 800 educational and research institutions as well as individual scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are active in the work and study of multilateral relations, global governance and international cooperation.


Mrs. Cherie Blair speaks at ECOSOC Ministerial Level Meeting in Geneva

6 July 2009, Geneva

On 6 July 2009, Mrs. Cherie Blair was a guest speaker at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2009 High-level Meeting in Geneva. In her address, she spoke about the importance of partnerships and smart philanthropy in addressing the global public health agenda and the Millennium Development Goals.

Mrs. Blair is an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues and has spoken across the world about these issues. She founded the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women whose mission is to provide the business skills and tools that will enable women across the world to realise their potential and achieve economic independence and success. The Foundation aims to set up a network of Women's Business Centers in the Middle East and to assist them in building partnerships with local businesses and with women-led business organizations in developed countries. The Foundation is working in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Please find additional information on the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women on its website.


Incentive to Innovate Conference

5 June 2009, New York

The UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) worked with the X PRIZE Foundation, BT Global Services and the John Templeton Foundation to stage the Incentive to Innovate Conference which highlighted two essential tools with which to solve today’s challenges: open collaboration and incentivized competition. Incentive to Innovate took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on June 8-9 2009 and brought together leaders from the private sector, foundations, NGOs, and the United Nations.

This conference was the first of its kind and featured presentations from 35 innovators who shared best practices and detailed how open collaboration and incentivized competition can be used to address world issues in a cost-effective and powerful manner. One such speaker was Don Tapscott, the author of Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything and Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing the World, who discussed how it is essential for companies to recognize and draw from the talent throughout the developing world.

Another speaker, Arianna Huffington captured the spirit of both this conference and the mission of the UN Office for Partnerships when she said, “The instinct to compete and to achieve, combined with the better angels of our nature—the instinct to make this a better world”. Public-private partnerships are mutually-advantageous and innovation in the private sector subsequently leads to the increased growth of developing nations and improvements and solutions to global challenges.

There were sessions on healthcare, energy and environment, global development, innovation culture and, finally,"connecting the dots" between all of these areas. Moderators included Matthew Bishop and Michael Green, co-authors of Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World, a book that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg described as, “The definitive guide to a new generation of philanthropists who understand innovation and risk-taking, and who will play a crucial part in solving the biggest problems facing the world”.

The goal of the Conference was to encourage discussion that will lead to fresh ideas and will foster new relationships and partnerships all with aim of creating a better world for all its citizens. The UN Office for Partnerships promotes creative initiatives, such as Incentive to Innovate, which contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. UNOP works with the private sector, foundations and philanthropic individuals, among others, to achieve these goals in a way that does not simply provide temporary assistance, but also long-term sustainability.

For more information please visit the Incentive to Innovate conference website.


U Thant Institute Luncheon

3 June 2009, New York

The U Thant Institute hosted, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the United Nations Department of Public Information, a Special Luncheon in celebration of the Centennial Birth Anniversary of the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, U Thant. The Luncheon took place on June 3, 2009 at the Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered welcoming remarks and was honored along with his wife Mrs. Ban Soon-taek. United Nations Ambassadors and high-level representatives of foundations, the private sector, and civil society also attended.

This event was part of a year-long celebration of U Thant’s accomplishments which ranged from ending the civil war in the Congo and defusing the Cuban Missile Crisis to establishing several UN agencies, funds and programmes, including the UN Development Programme, the UN University, and the UN Environment Programme. The year commenced with a gala dinner in Yangon, Myanmar and other events have since taken place, including the recent issuance of three commemorative stamps by the UN Postal Administration.

The U Thant Institute, established in 2003, is centered on U Thant’s conception of “One World”—a world safe for diversity and a place of peaceful co-existence. Its goal is to promote and achieve peace through education.

In 2007, the Institute launched the “Friendship Across Cultures” program which connects two schools in separate countries which then collaborate and raise funds for school supplies to go to a third school in a developing country on another continent. This collaboration instills cultural understanding and a sense of world citizenship and interconnectedness. The pilot program links the United Nations International School in New York and middle schools in Algeria and the Republic of Korea.

The Institute has also established the Emergency Myanmar Cyclone Relief Fund to aid the survivors of Cyclone Nargis by building houses and purchasing farm animals, fertilizers, power tillers, and school supplies.

For further information on the U Thant Institute and its wide range of programs, please visit its website.


Permanent Memorial on Slavery planned for HQ in 2012 - Russell Simmons to lead the effort

20 May 2009, New York

Hip-hop pioneer and renowned celebrity, Russell Simmons, was confirmed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to honor the victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade at a ceremony held at the United Nations Headquarters, on Wednesday, 20 May 2009. The hour-long ceremony also doubled as the official launch of the Trust Fund, which will be managed on behalf of the Secretary-General by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, which provides technical advice and strategic guidance to this important initiative.

Co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations, behalf of the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the African Union (AU) and in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships and the UN Department for Public Information (DPI), the event aimed at re-engaging the attention of the International Community on the horrific nature of slavery, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its legacy of discrimination.

Ambassador Raymond O. Wolfe, Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Chairman of the Permanent Memorial Committee, and Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communication and Public Information, made welcoming remarks.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP, announced the launch of the Trust Fund for the Permanent Memorial and welcomed Mr. Simmons in the United Nations family. Staff members and visitors will be able to observe it at a place of prominence at United Nations Headquarters in New York, in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Completion date for the Permanent Memorial is set for 2012. The Fund has, so far, received $250,000 of the projected $3.5 m cost from 25 of the 122 Member States, co-sponsors of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 63/5.

Among the other speakers, were Ambassador Lila Ratsifandrihamanana of the African Union; Ambassador Mohamad, Chair of CARICOM; Ambassador Merores, Permanent Representative of Haiti; Ambassador Touray, Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone; Ambassador Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada and Ambassador Monteiro Lima, Permanent Representative of Cape Verde.

After being appointed by Ambassador Wolfe, Mr. Simmons took the floor and expressed his honour and gratitude.

The event benefit from the support of UNOP team, which included the following volunteers and interns: Elena Bertusi, Cécile Deleye, Caitlin McGrath, Sonam Pelden Thaye, and Inna Tremasow.


International Food Policy Research Institute highlights key elements of a code of conduct for foreign land acquisition

24 May 2009, New York

One of the lingering effects of the food price crisis of 2007–08 on the world food system is the proliferating acquisition of farmland in developing countries by other countries seeking to ensure their food supplies. Increased pressures on natural resources, water scarcity, export restrictions imposed by major producers when food prices were high, and growing distrust in the functioning of regional and global markets have pushed countries short in land and water to find alternative means of producing food. These land acquisitions have the potential to inject much-needed investment into agriculture and rural areas in poor developing countries, but they also raise concerns about the impacts on poor local people, who risk losing access to and control over land on which they depend. It is crucial to ensure that these land deals, and the environment within which they take place, are designed in ways that will reduce the threats and facilitate the opportunities for all parties involved.

Mr. Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Ms. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow on Environment and Production Technologies at IFPRI addressed the problem of foreign land acquisition in the article: “Land Grabbing” by Foreign Investors in Developing Countries: Risks and Opportunities, published on 13th April 2009 by the IFPRI.

To download the full article, please click here. For further information about IFPRI please visit their website.


Visit of HRH Princess Banderi Abdul Rahman Al Faisal to the United Nations: Business and Philanthropy Partnerships for Human Capital Development in the Middle East

29 April 2009, New York

On the occasion of a visit to the United Nations by Her Royal Highness Princess Banderi Abdul Rahman Al Faisal, Director General of the King Khalid Foundation, and the Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation (formerly known as the Kingdom Foundation) of a representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the UN Office for Partnerships in cooperation with Harvard Kennedy School of Government arranged discussions with high-level UN partners as well as representatives of the private sector and the philanthropic community.

The delegation met with Ms. Thoraya Obaid, (Executive Director, UN Population Fund), Ms. Ines Alberdi (Executive Director, UNIFEM) and Ms. Amat Al Aleem Ali Alsoswa (Director, UNDP Bureau for Arab States) and the Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser on Africa, Ambassador Cheick Diarra. Concentrating on new models of partnership between companies and foundations to build human capital in the Middle East, participants focused on good practices and explore opportunities for partnership in this area going forward.

The programme also included a High Level Luncheon with the theme: Business and Philanthropy Partnerships for Human Capital Development in the Middle East. Representatives from NextEconomics, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, William J. Clinton Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank, Coca Cola, World Bank Institute, Business Council for International Understanding, Synergos Institute, AccountAbility, International Business Leaders Forum and the Saudi Mission to the UN discussed and briefed each others about their work.


Creating Shared Value Dinner and Forum

27-28 April 2009, New York

Nestlé, the Swiss Permanent Mission to the UN, and the UN Office for Partnerships co-hosted the two-day Forum on Creating Shared Value in New York. The Forum started on the 28th with the dinner, during which the three new Nestlé initiatives were announced. Both the dinner and the Forum held on the 28th were attended by a number of prominent CEOs, UN Officials and academia leaders.

On the 28th the Forum was divided in four panels, which provided platform for inter-active dialogue on corporate strategy, water, nutrition, and rural development among Nestlé representatives, UN officials, private sector, foundation, academia, and NGO representatives.

The Forum also announced members of the newly formed Nestlé Creating Shared Value Advisory Board.

The discussion was moderated by Ms. Maria Livanos Cattaui, former Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce, and involved, among the others the following panelists: Mr. Michael Porter, Professor at Harvard Business School; Mr. Dossal, Executive Director of the UNOP; Mr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute; Mr. Ajay Vashee, President of the World Agricultural Producers Association; Mr. Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé; and Ms. Nancy Birdsall, is the Founding President of the Center for Global Development.

During the dinner Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships made welcoming remarks, along with Ambassador Peter Maurer, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, and Mr. Peter Brabeck, Chaiman of Nestlé. Mr. Dossal stated that Nestlé was doing important work in support of the UN objectives, in particular with a focus on water and food security. In panel discussion, Mr. Dossal spoke about the UN engagement with private sector and noted that by working with private sectors, foundations, and NGOS, the international community can move faster in achieve its objectives.


Working in Partnership: Innovating Medicines to Eradicate Malaria - A World Malaria Day Panel Discussion

22 April 2009, New York

In advance of the second annual World Malaria Day, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and Novartis hosted a luncheon panel – “Working in Partnership: Innovating Medicines to Eradicate Malaria” –on 22 April 2009 at the United Nations. Malaria experts and United Nations officials discussed the progress made by public-private partnerships toward achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halting and reversing the incidence of malaria by 2015. The critical role of science, medicine and integrated strategies in the eventual eradication of malaria was discussed as well. Central to the panel discussion was the importance of public-private partnerships in the discovery, development and delivery of essential anti-malarial medicines to save lives in malaria-endemic countries.

Mr. Dossal, who moderated the event, emphasized on the importance to fight malaria and also showed his delight of seeing the result of a successful public-private partnership. Other speakers included H.E. Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations; Ms. Heidi Grau, Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations; Mr. Antony Kalm, EVP Corporate Development, Medicines for Malaria Venture; Mr. Hans Rietveld, Director, Global Marketing Access, Novartis Malaria Initiatives; Mr. Alan Court, Senior Advisor, United Nation’s Secretary General’s Envoy for Malaria and Ms. Susan Myers, Executive Director of United Nations Foundation’s New York Office.


Visit of the Executive Board of the Global Social Compliance Programme

27 March 2009, New York

On March 27th the members of the Executive Board of the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) met in New York with Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP). GSCP is one of UNOP’s partners in addressing sustainability and labour conditions, including the fight against corruption, around the world.

GSCP is a business-driven programme for companies who want to harmonise their existing efforts in order to deliver a shared, consistent and global approach for the continuous improvement of working conditions in global supply chains. To this end, GSCP offers a global platform to promote knowledge exchange and best practices in order to build comparability and transparency between existing systems, whether individual or collaborative. The process is inclusive and participative for companies across all categories and sectors, regardless of the compliance system they use. This includes retailers and brands in textile, electronics, toys, furniture, food, footwear, etc.

GSCP was formed in December 2006 by Carrefour, Metro, Migros, Tesco and Wal-Mart. Since then, Chiquita, Hasbro, Hewlett Packard and Ikea have joined the Executive Board, and the programme has over 25 participating companies, including brand manufacturers as well as retailers.

The programme’s aim is to accommodate existing systems while building comparability and transparency; drive convergence and reduce duplication by developing a voluntary benchmarking approach and enable reallocation of resources for identification of root causes and remediation of non-compliances.

GSCP is building a set of reference tools (the Reference Code, audit system and methodology, auditor competence) that describe best practice and provide a common interpretation of fair labour requirements and their implementation. The Working Plan also includes three further steps aiming to build understanding, comparability and the transfer of information between the existing systems.


High Level Meeting for the Greater Tumen Initiative

23-25 March 2009, Ulaanbaatar

A ministerial-level meeting of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) tool place from 22nd to 25th March in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The aim of the meeting was to improve regional cooperation for economic growth and sustainable development in Northeast Asia.

The Event begun on the 23rd with the Business Advisory Council (BAC) Steering Committee session. The 10th meeting of the GTI Consultative Commission, held on the 24th, brought together high-level government officials from the GTI member countries to exchange views on strategic development in the region and discuss joint projects in the key sectors of economic cooperation.

Furthermore, the 2nd GTI Investment Forum was held on 25th March to explore investment potential, extend regional trade and increase investment opportunities in Northeast Asia.
Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, co-chaired the Third BAC Meeting, as well as the Second GTI Investment Forum.

The GTI is a regional cooperation mechanism established in 1995 by China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and Russia, and is supported by the United Nations Development Programme. It is effectively functioning as a unique intergovernmental platform for economic cooperation in Northeast Asia and serving as a catalyst for policy dialogue and cooperation in the areas of transportation, energy, tourism, investment and environment.

To download the Ulaanbaatar Declaration, adopted on 24 March 2009 please click here.

For further information, please visit the GTI official website and the UNDP Mongolia website.


Philanthropy UK and UN Office for Partnerships

March 2009, London

The UN Office for Partnerships works closely with Philanthropy UK, the leading resource for free and impartial advice to aspiring philanthropists who want to give effectively. Philanthropy UK develops and shares current information and best practice on giving; provide accessible links to specialists; and aim to inspire more people to become philanthropic and so enjoy the extraordinary rewards this brings.
The vision embraced by Philanthropy is of a society of engaged citizens which promotes thoughtful and effective giving, and where philanthropy is celebrated as a positive act of civic participation.

In March 2009, Philanthropy UK released their monthly newsletter which included an article on Ted Turner, founder of CNN and the UN Foundation.

To download the full article, please click here. For more information on the work of Philanthropy UK please visit their website.


InfoPoverty World Conference

18-20 March 2009, New York and Milan

The 9th annual InfoPoverty World Conference March 18-20, focused on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The conference took place simultaneously in Milan and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Development Gateway, a sponsor of the event, was represented by Anna Lauridsen in Milan and by Elizabeth Corley and Ramsey Ben-Achour in New York. The United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UNGAID) co-hosted the conference with the Italian organization Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication in the Mediterranean and in the World.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, spoke about private-public partnerships in the areas of information and communication technologies and their contribution towards the Millennium Development Goals.

For further information, please visit the InfoPoverty website.


The Third Fortune Forum Summit took place to support the UN Millennium Development Goals

3 March 2009, London

The Fortune Forum Summit was held on 3 March 2009 at The Dorchester Hotel in London. The event marked the launch of the Mehta/Mirrlees (MM) Initiative, developed by Nobel Prize-winning economist, Sir James Mirrlees, and Renu Mehta, MM sets out to raise an additional $75 billion dollars across the G8 countries from voluntary donations for international development projects aimed at meeting the UN MDGs. The Summit also took the occasion to honour Mr. Ted Turner, founder of CNN and the UN Foundation.

The Fortune Forum was founded in 2006 by Renu Mehta with the aim of identifying and convening a new generation of philanthropists: individuals of extreme wealth and influence, to invest their time and money to address the world’s most serious social and environmental issues. It works closely with the UN Office for Partnerships as well as with the UN Millennium Campaign Office to support the UN in achieving the MDGs. For further information, please visit the Fortune Forum website.


Special Event on "Philanthropy and the Global Health Agenda"

26 Feb. 2009, New York

On 23rd of February 2009 the second Special Event of the Economic and Social Council on “Philanthropy and the Global Health Agenda”, jointly organized by the UN Office for Partnerships, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Health Organization and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, was held.

The event, opened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, was participated by many top executives and philanthropy leaders, as well as by ECOSOC Members and other partners. The participants discussed together ways to strengthen partnerships towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) especially in areas where progress has been slow, and which can benefit from stronger multi-stakeholder participation. The two themes explored were “Improving the health outcomes for women and girls” and “Raising the profile of neglected tropical diseases”.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, President Bill Clinton and H.E. Ms. Sylvie Lucas, President of ECOSOC made closing statements. Many among the speakers underlined the need to enforce the role of the private sector in helping to strengthen public health systems. For further information, see the report issued by Harvard University for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Mr. Dossal stated that: "The current financial climate poses new challenges for our collective effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The international community working with Governments, Private Sector, and Civil Society, now more then ever must find innovative mechanisms to ensure the socioeconomic needs of the underprivileged are not forgotten. Thus, smart philanthropy has a key role to play in sustainable development".

The outcome of the deliberations will be submitted to the WHO World Health Assembly which meets in May 2009 and to United Nations Member States during the ECOSOC high-level session in July 2009.

For further information, please visit the official website: Special Event on "Philanthropy and Global Public Health".


Special Event on "Philanthropy and the Global Health Agenda"

20 Feb. 2009, New York

On 23rd of February 2009 the second Special Event of the Economic and Social Council on “Philanthropy and the Global Health Agenda”, jointly organized by the UN Office for Partenrships, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Health Organization and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, will be held.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations will open the event, which will take place from 3 - 6 PM. The event features interactive leadership dialogues on the contribution of philanthropy to the global health agenda and in particular towards the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals. Themes to be explored will include “improving the health outcomes for women and girls” and “raising the profile of neglected tropical diseases”.

The outcome of the deliberations will be submitted to the WHO World Health Assembly which meets in May 2009 and to United Nations Member States during the ECOSOC high-level session in July 2009.

For further information, please visit the official website: Special Event on Special Event on "Philanthropy and Global Public Health" or download the official program here.


Harmonious Cities: Music Technology, Culture and Health

5 Feb. 2009, New York

On the 3rd of February the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) in cooperation with the UN HABITAT and the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) held the “Harmonious Cities: Music, Technology, Culture and Health” high-level working session.

The session provided a valuable discussion platform for cross-cutting and cross-sector approach to the convergence of health, music and technology for the 21st Century. UNOP recognize the vast potential of creativity in projects, in solutions building, and in its approach for addressing the world’s most pressing issues. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of UNOP, delivered the opening remarks for the luncheon of the working session.

This is the sixth working session of the Windsor Health Dialogue focused on the concept of harmonious cities to stimulate new “result-oriented” mindsets and action in scaling up Millennium Development Goals interventions. Specifically, in areas of health, education, habitat and peace using Music as a Natural Resource, all of which will be reflected in the United Nations Digital Health Initiative.


2009 International Essay Contest

4 Feb. 2009, New York

The United Nations Office for Partnerships is honored to announce the “2009 International Essay Contest”, jointly organized by the Goi Peace Foundation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Young People around the world are encouraged to participate and submit their essays by the 30th of June, 2009. This year’s theme is “the role of science in building a better world”. First prize winners will receive a cash award and a trip to Japan.

For further information regarding the contest, the complete guidelines, or to read past winning essays please visit the website of the Goi Peace Foundation.

Goi Peace Foundation.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO).


2009 Global Competitiveness Forum

23 Jan. 2009, New York

The third Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF) took place from the 23rd through the 27th of January 2009 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, organized by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). The GCF is an annual meeting of international political leaders, top business executives, and academics to discuss the issue of global competitiveness. The theme of the 2009 forum is “Competitiveness as an Engine for Economic Growth,” and it aims to draw attention to the macroeconomic benefit of competitiveness and to position competitiveness as a key global challenge.

The UN Office for Partnerships works closely with SAGIA, providing them with strategic guidance and advice on partnership building between Saudi Arabia, the United Nations System and other key international actors, such as non-governmental organizations, philanthropic and private sector umbrella organizations.

For more information on Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF) please follow the link to their respective websites.

Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).

Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF).


World Premier of the documentary film "Planet UN"

22 Jan. 2009, New York

The United Nations Department of Public Information in conjunction with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, and the generous support of the Permanent Missions of France and Switzerland to the United Nations, hosted the world premier of Romuald Sciora’s documentary film "Planet UN". The screening took place on the 21st of January, 2009 at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium at the United Nations Headquarters.

"Planet UN" is a documentary focusing on the United Nations at the beginning of the 21st century as it confronts the enormous challenges of the future. In addition to numerous academia, international personalities and diplomats, this film will feature interviews with a number of senior UN Officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Through three major themes – Peacekeeping, Development and Human Rights – the whole UN System is highlighted.

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships commenced the event by introducing the opening speakers, including Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Mr. Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, H.E. Maurer, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, H.E. Jean-Maurice Ripert, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, and Mr. Romuald Sciora.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with Jean-Marie Colombani, former editor of Le Monde, Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine, and Anne-Cécile Robert, deputy editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique.


Partnership Initiative between UNOP and the Fortune Forum

9 Jan. 2009, New York

UNOP works closely with the Fortune Forum, which is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization with a goal of increasing major gifts among UK’s most prominent philanthropists. The Forum convenes global leaders, celebrity activists, philanthropists, influential entrepreneurs and media leaders to collectively make a difference on global issues of poverty, climate change and diseases. The Fortune Forum has already staged two Philanthropic Summits, featuring speakers such as Bill Clinton, Gordon Brown, Al Gore, Tony Blair, Michael Douglas, Sir Bob Geldof, and Yusuf Islam.

The Fortune Forum has contributed to raising awareness of the scourges of poverty, preventable diseases and environmental degradation and serving to invigorate international focus and committed action. The Fortune Forum platform has supported life-giving projects through the work of its charity partners: British Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, African Renaissance, Alliance for the New Humanity, International Clean Energy (ICE) Circle, the UN Foundation and others.

Recently the Financial Times has dedicated a front page article to the Fortune Forum to introduce a scheme devised by Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir James Mirrless in conjunction with the Forum's founder Renu Mehta. It advocates a 50% tax relief on donations towards the UN's millennium development goals which would, in effect, make charitable giving more attractive. Additionally, donors would be able to specify to which development sector their money was allocated as well as reassuring them that their donations would be spent efficiently. By this, the scheme would strengthen Miss Mehta's aim to raise the level of charitable giving in the UK from it's current 0.9% of gross domestic product to US levels of 1.9%.

For the full text of the article please click here, and for more information on Fortune Forum visit its website.


Secretary-General's address to the UN staff

5 Jan. 2009, New York

The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed staff around the world at the start of the new year calling for a renewed sense of commitment, pride and dedication. UN staff in Arusha, Geneva, Haiti, Nairobi, Santiago, Vienna, Darfur, Goma and Kabul were participating by video and telephone. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro and Under-Secretary-General for Management Angela Kane joined the Secretary-General.

During his opening remarks, the Secretary-General stated that during the past year he "saw the UN defining the agenda and bringing people and nations together like no other organization on earth."

Looking at the coming year, the Secretary-General stated that climate change will remain a top priority for 2009: "We have only 12 months until Copenhagen. We must work together to give the world a treaty that all nations can embrace," while "as the economic crisis deepens, we must continue to stand up for the world’s most vulnerable people."

Other challenges include peacekeeping, conflict prevention and nuclear disarmament. "This must be the year of delivering in Darfur. And we are at critical moments in the DRC, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Iraq."

To watch the event live, please click here. For the full text of the speech please click here.


Howard W. Buffett, an Advisor for the United Nations Office for Partnerships, was appointed to the Policy Working Group on Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform for the transition team of the US President-elect.

11 Dec. 2008, Washington DC.

President-elect Barack Obama has appointed a team of 30 prominent individuals to assist the incoming administration plan and implement the “innovation agenda.” The working group is divided into four committees: Innovation and Government, Innovation and National Priorities, Innovation and Science, and Innovation and Civil Society.

The group includes Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, which provides fellowships to entrepreneurial nonprofit leaders; Paul Schmitz, President of Public Allies, which trains young people for nonprofit and public-service careers; and Michele Jolin, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, who has publicly advocated creating a White House Office of Social Innovation.

The team also includes Howard W. Buffett. Since 2007 Mr. Buffett has served as an Advisor for the United Nations Office for Partnerships on matters related to private foundation and public charity strategy development, on identifying and developing new partnership opportunities, and on designing an emerging leader's network. Mr. Buffett is also a founder of Cliffspringer LLC, a strategic advisory organization. Cliffspringer works to bridge philanthropic, corporate and government sector organizations such as the United Nations, the Gerson Lehrman Group, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Buffett has further served as a board member for the Clark and Hinman Foundation, the Cougar Fund, and the FEED Foundation, and has served on advisory and program committees for the Aspen Institute, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and the Hewlett Foundation's Philanthropy Workshop West. Mr. Buffett is the grandson of Warren Buffett, the investor and philanthropist.


The Board of Global Social Compliance Programme released the Reference Code

10 Dec. 2008, Hong Kong

The Executive Board of the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) has released the Reference Code. It provides a clear and common set of requirements for fair labor conditions in the global supply chain. The Reference Code will enable retailers and brand manufacturers to work toward mutual recognition of audit results and will apply to their entire supply chains, including suppliers and sub-contractors. The announcement took place exactly 60 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, which became the most translated document ever. Since 1948, the challenge to uphold human rights has remained and the reality of the global workplace is that problems are pervasive.

"GSCP provides a unique forum for the public, private and non-governmental sectors to work together and devise lasting solutions to the world's pressing issues,” said Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships and a member of the GSCP Advisory Board. “It will ultimately help improve the lives of many people around the world."

For more information on the GSCP Reference Code, please click here.


Secretary-General's address to the UN staff

5 Jan. 2009, New York

The “Peace and Sport” Forum is a unique international gathering which enables the world highest political, sportive and economic authorities to discuss a common issue: how can sport help connecting communities and getting them to tolerate their differences?

Run under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and delegates, the “Peace and Sport” Annual Forum was designed to concretely work on the development of peace through sport around the world. It brings together heads of states and governments, representatives of world sport governance (the International Olympic Committee, International Federations, National Olympic Committees), the World Olympians Association, strategic and financial partners, sport experts, and NGOs.

During 2008 Forum Ms. Lucie Hrbkova, Chief of Office, UN Office for Partnerships, spoke on the importance of Sport, Partnerships and Corporate Social Responsibility.

 

 

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