The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a gateway for partnership opportunities with the United Nations family. It promotes new collaborations and alliances in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provides support to new initiatives of the Secretary-General. UNOP provides Partnership Advisory services and outreach to a variety of entities, as well as managing the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), established by the Secretary-General in March 1998 to serve as the interface in the partnership between the UN system and the UN Foundation, and the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), established by the Secretary-General in July 2005 to support democratization throughout the world. The office, headed by Ms. Ann de la Roche, Officer-in-Charge, reports to the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, oversees the day-to-day operations of UNOP.
25 March 2015, New York
The Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, entitled the "Ark of Return", was unveiled on March 25, 2015 on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
The unveiling ceremony included a minute of silence and official ribbon cutting and was followed by the annual commemorative meeting of the General Assembly to mark this important occasion. The unveiling ceremony was attended by representatives of the UN Member States, civil society, academia and the United Nations System, including Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller, current President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa; Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN Amb. Rattray; Permanent Representative of India to the UN Amb. Mukerji; Permanent Observer of the African Union to the UN Téte António; and the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Irina Bokova. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other high-level dignitaries delivered remarks. The event was co-organized by the Permanent Memorial Committee and the UN Department of Public Information. UNOP provided support to the Committee in regards to administration of the relevant trust fund account.
The Permanent Memorial, designed by Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon, is located on the Visitors Plaza at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and will invite people everywhere to contemplate the legacy of the slave trade and to fight against racism and prejudice today. (Photo ©UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)
10 March 2015, New York
The UN Office for Partnerships, in collaboration with UNESCO, UN Women, UNFPA and the World Bank, organized a high-level panel discussion on the role of partnerships to achieve gender equality in education. Featured as a side-event to the 59th Commission on the Status of Women, the discussion was attended by approximately 200 guests, including permanent mission and NGO representatives, and UN staff. The discussion focused on the various ways organizations and countries can engage in partnerships to enhance the impact of their work to enhance education opportunities for girls.
The panel featured distinguished speakers, such as Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women; Zeneby Tadesse, Ethiopian Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs; Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN; Susan Myers, Senior Vice President, UN Foundation; and Kara Gerson, VOSS Foundation. The discussion was moderated by BBC World anchor and correspondent, Laura Trevelyan.
The event also launched a new inter-agency Joint Programme on empowering adolescent girls and young women through education. The Joint Programme will facilitate a joint response to address various challenges linked to girls' education, such as economic, socio-cultural and political inequalities. (Photo ©UNESCO)
4-5 March 2015, New York
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted its 5th annual International Women's Day Forum in partnership with the UN Office for Partnerships, Microsoft and UN Women at the United Nations Headquarters. The event entitled “The Empowerment Bridge: Building a Lifetime of Opportunity for Women and Girls” convened more than 250 public and private sector leaders to explore empowerment solutions to increase economic agency and independence for women and girls around the world.
Speakers from Microsoft, Google and Kate Spade, as well as representatives from Every Woman, Every Child; the World Health Organization; and the UN Foundation, discussed various ways to empower women and foster entrepreneurship. Ann de la Roche, Officer-in-Charge, UN Office for Partnerships, offered the day's opening remarks and Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, opened a panel discussion on the role of the business community in the emerging Sustainable Development Goals.
11-12 February 2015, New York
The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) and the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN hosted the Youth Assembly at the UN in partnership with the UN Office for Partnerships, the United Nations Foundation and Microsoft. The two-day event gathered youth from around the world to empower them to become active participants in the success of the UN Millennium Development Goals and the transition to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Topics ranged from the UN’s Post-2015 Agenda to technology for development and sustainability. The panels and workshops featured UN officials, young entrepreneurs, and representatives from civil society and the private sector.
UNOP organized a panel, introduced by Ann de la Roche, on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals. The panelists were Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Corrine Woods, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign at the UN, and Kevin Cassidy, Senior Communications and External Relations Officer at the International Labour Organization and they discussed how youth can be involved in the development and implementation of the SDGs.
23-24 September, 2014 New York
The United Nations Office for Partnerships, in partnership with the Louise Blouin Foundation (LBF), is pleased to announce the sixth annual Blouin Creative Leadership Summit (BCLS), a forum that engages in dialogue and exchanges best practices to successfully confront the local and global challenges and opportunities brought about by globalization over the coming decade.
Approximately 100 international heads of state, government executives, global business and financial CEOs, entrepreneurs, technology innovators, scholars, cultural influencers, artists and thought-leaders will assemble in New York to address critical issues of the 21st century surrounding economic recovery, global governance, environmental reform, foreign policy, education, health, poverty and development, cultural exchange and technology.
Ann de la Roche, Chief of Operations for the United Nations Office for Partnerships comments, "We are delighted to partner again with the Blouin Creative Leadership Summit.” This year's summit promises to be an exciting and inspirational event that will lead to innovative ways to work together to achieve the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
For more information about the forum, please visit www.creativeleadershipsummit.org.
6-8 August, 2014 New York
The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) presented the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations in partnership with UNOP, UNF, The International Youth Council, Microsoft, and PepsiCo. The three-day event served to foster dialogue and generate partnerships between exceptional youth, UN high officials, private sector and civil society.
Topics during the Assembly touched on a wide spectrum of social responsibility, such as Youth Driving Change on Gender Inequality, Multiculturalism and the Arts in Mental Health, Creating Positive Change through Sports, and more. Speakers came from a diverse set of perspectives on how youth could be agent of change for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Youth Assembly demonstrates what committed, global youth leaders can and have accomplished in support of the MDGs.UNOP also co-hosted the film “A Prayer for Rain,” a sobering portrayal of those living in Bhopal, India, the site of the world’s largest chemical disaster.
24-25 July 2014, New York
Following up on the work of 10 previous, highly successful summits, on every continent (except Antarctica), the 2014 Summit will showcase the leading edge of youth-led social innovation, next generation impact investing, and emerging philanthropic leadership from around the world.
Nexus is a global movement of 2000+ young people from over 70 countries working to increase and improve philanthropy and impact investing by bridging communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. Founded in 2011, Nexus puts the hope and promise of young people on the world stage, by bringing leaders together at Nexus Summits around the world for dialogue, education, and collaborative problem-solving.
18 July 2014, New York
The symposium brought together prominent Chinese women entrepreneurs, as well as representatives of the PM of China and the UN system to discuss issues related to the role of women in fashion and design business, corporate social responsibility and gender equality. "In the context of globalization, this exchange between cultures and countries has benefitted women greatly and has expanded and given them more rights," said Qin, GuoYing, Vice Chairwoman & Secretary General of the CWDF
19 June 2014, New York
On Thursday June 19, in partnership with Changecorp, the United Nations Office for Partnerships hosted the “Changing Lives through Mobile: Innovation in Emerging Markets” conference. Speakers from Facebook to the World Bank highlighted the best and most innovative mobile services being developed for the 21st century. Participants addressed a wide range of issues in spotlight presentations and panels. “The Mobile-Only Generation,” “Women and Mobile for Development,” “Mobile Money for the Unbanked” and other presentations sought to show how we can fully realize the potential of mobile technology to meet UN MDGs.
With an estimated average internet gap in developing countries of 23%, speakers identified specific areas for improvement in technological social inclusion, which will simultaneously raise standards of living and deliver economic prosperity. By finding innovative ways for companies and organizations to find new revenue streams in emerging markets, the private sector can spearhead the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
10 June 2014, New York
On Tuesday June 10, the United Nations Foundation (UNF) in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships hosted “Global Accelerator” an event involving entrepreneurs in UN objectives. Along with UNF’s Global Entrepreneurship council and the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), the event brought together over 100 entrepreneurs and high-level UN officials to find smart and sustainable solutions for some of the world’s more challenging development objectives. The event allowed experts from several fields to discover experiment and develop innovative solutions to reach the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and the UN’s post 2015 agenda.
Entrepreneurs such as Michael Dell, CEO and founder of Dell, Arianna Huffington, Chair and President of the Huffington Post Media Group, Barbara Bush, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Health Corps, Ashish Thakkar, Founder and Managing Director of the Mara Group plus many more entrepreneurs came together with UN policy makers to explore through collaboration the role in which entrepreneurship can play in solving major global challenges and identify where the UN can engage entrepreneurs to tackle development objectives such as employment and technology innovation.
At the event Michael Dell was awarded the title of ‘UNF’s Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship’, in recognition of being an advocate for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and supporting UN programs by working with the Global Entrepreneurship Council. UN officials provided and explained a UN created macro-scaled context to the entrepreneurs who attended the summit to enable an open discussion around the topic of innovation on specific topics: Youth Employment, Water and Sanitation, Hygiene, and Gender Equality. The UNs macro-scale demonstrates how crucial these topics are in lifting communities out of poverty and develop for sustainability. The event succeeded in bringing entrepreneurs into the UN to create positive social impact and advocated the UN networks ability to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship to further development goals.
28 May 2014, New York
On May 28-29 2014 the United Nations Office for Partnerships in partnership with Landmark Ventures hosted the bi-annual Social Innovation Summit at JP Morgan Chase and at the United Nations. The Summit has an aim to bring together “Business Innovation and Social Transformation”. The two-day event brought together individuals from across all sectors to create partnerships to further develop technology, philanthropy, investment and business. Our Executive Director of UNOP, Roland Rich, started the second day with opening remarks, in a session led by Icema Gibbs, Director of Social Responsibility for JetBlue Airways. Other featured speakers at the Summit were Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org, Jessica Alba, Actress and the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson to name a few.
Our Senior Advisor to the United Nations Office for Partnerships, Annette Richardson, moderated an interactive boardroom panel discussion entitled “Beyond Just Doing Good: The Role of Innovation in UN Partnerships” with panelists including Karen Newman, Senior Consultant to the Business Call to Action (UNDP), Michelle Jean, Co-Founder and CEO of Zesa Raw, Jason Singh, Executive Director of One Sight-Luxottica Group and Zhiyao Ma, Analyst, Innovation Unit for UNICEF. The participants discussed ways to catalyze partnerships in both the private and public sectors to further development goals through different mediums and fields.
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