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.
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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