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

A selection of partnership initiatives

A few specific examples of public-private partnerships initiatives being supported by the UN Office for Partnerships include:

Alliance Towards Harnessing Global Opportunities (ATHGO)
In 2005 and 2006, young professionals and students came together at the ATHGO youth symposium to exchange ideas about how to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The Office supported the event and delivered keynote speeches at both symposiums.

Bending the Arc
In September 2006, the Office co-sponsored a conference called "Bending the Arc - the Business of Attaining the Millennium Development Goals in Africa," which included representatives from the NEPAD Secretariat, the African Business Roundtable, civil society and the private sector.

Cariplo Foundation
In partnership with the Fiorello La Guardia Foundation, the Office developed a strategic alliance with the Fondazione Cariplo to set up a facility in Italy that will provide support and facilitation for engagement of Italian foundations in the work of the United Nations, with particular focus on joint Funding of projects on the ground.

Collaboration on a UN documentary
The Office collaborated with film director Romuald Sciora on a series of short documentaries examining the leadership and accomplishments of the last four Secretaries-General of the United Nations as well as on a full length documentary capturing the larger picture of the Organization today and in coming years. Related to this documentary, the Office is collaborating with Mr. Sciora, DPI and Marvel Comics to create and distribute comic books featuring the work of the United Nations to over 1,000,000 children throughout the United States.

Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
The Office serves on CECP's Excellence Awards Selection Committee. Other members of the Committee include representatives from the GE Foundation, Fortune Magazine, Foundation Strategy Group, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, the Pfizer Foundation, Venture Philanthropy Partners, McKinsey & Company, Jumpstart and the Target Foundation.

Commonwealth Business Council (CBC)
The Office has developed a collaboration with the CBC including working on a partnerships arrangement on the CBC campaign 'Linking Africa' which aims to support the goals of the African Union and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by creating the first detailed continent-wide economic profile and database on a country-by-country basis. The CBC has also proposed the creation of a Global Business Council in partnership with the United Nations.

Dow Chemical
The Office co-hosted an event at UN Headquarters on 25 June 2006 to present the 2015 Sustainability Goals for Dow, a multi-faceted program to address some of the most pressing economic, social and environmental concerns facing the global community, reflected in the MDGs. As a result of this collaboration, Dow is sponsoring the Blue Planet Run, an endurance run across many countries to raise funds and awareness of the need to bring safe drinking water to 1.2 billion people. The first Blue Planet Run was launched at UN Headquarters in June 2007.

Special ECOSOC Event - Partnering with the Philanthropic Community
Since 2002, UN DESA teamed up with UNOP in organizing annual ECOSOC Special Events to highlight the International Corporate Philanthropy Day. In the framework of its Annual Ministerial Review, the event aims to broaden the range of stakeholder involved, promote concrete initiatives and expand multi-stakeholder engagement.

Education Development Center (EDC)
The Office collaborated on EDC's Power Users of Technology initiative, which gathers new knowledge about power users, their interaction and relations with technology and its impact on their career, life choices and roles. It is in regular contact with EDC and has facilitated the Center's engagement with the Universal Education Foundation.

European Foundation Centre (EFC)
The Office introduced UN entities to the EFC - an umbrella organization of over 500 European foundations. Having joined the EFC's Programme Committee in 2003, the Office has organized panel discussions on the MDGs, facilitated high-level UN participation at EFC annual conferences, such as the UN Deputy-Secretary General's keynote speech at the 2004 annual conference. The Office also secured adoption of the MDGs by the International Committee of EFC, as part of the EFC agenda to get involved with global problems and challenges outside of the region. In 2005 the Office organized and chaired a session on "The UN at 60 - Is it Ready to Reform? What is Europe's Role?" This presence over the years has facilitated a closer relationship with leading European foundations.

The Equator Initiative
A global partnership managed by UNDP that brings together the United Nations, civil society, business, governments and communities to help build the capacity and raise the profile of grassroots efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Equator Initiative champions and supports community efforts to link economic development and income generation with the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Equator Prize created as part of this initiative is a prestigious international award that recognizes outstanding local efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
A simple fact lies at the heart of the Equator Initiative's work: the world's greatest concentrations of biological wealth are found in the tropics, in countries that also have some of the highest levels of poverty. The good news is that communities are charting a path toward sustainability, creatively using biological resources for food, medicine, shelter and improved livelihoods in ways that raise incomes and protect the environment.

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
The Office provided briefings to students at the Fletcher School and explored opportunities to work together on developing on-line educational compendia for internet access ("Open University").

Fortune Forum
The Fortune Forum is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization with a goal of increasing major gifts among UK’s most prominent philanthropists. It 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.

Global Hand
The Office worked with the NGO Global Hand, together with the Global Compact Office and OCHA to develop a new portal on for the private sector wishing to support the UN by donating Funds, expertise or equipment to UN entities.

Global Reporting Initiative
A multi-stakeholder institution which has developed globally applicable guidelines for reporting on corporate economic, environmental, and social performance. GRI is recognized as the gold standard guidelines for corporate sustainability reporting and are being used by over 1000 companies and other reporting organizations.

Goldman Sachs
The Office developed a network of young Wall Street executives with interest in supporting UN causes, specifically programmes involving youth and microfinance.
The Office was the first point of contact for and has facilitated numerous initiatives between and the United Nations including with OCHA, UNDP, WHO, as well as the UN Foundation. The Executive Director of has committed to support programmes in the health sector and on climate change.

Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI)
Since November 2005 the Office has provided advice to the UNDP-led Greater Tumen Initiative on the establishment of a Business Advisory Council for the Greater Tumen Region. The Office has developed a concept for a Business Advisory Councilto bring new investments to the region in the areas of - inter alia - energy, tourism and transport.

India Solar Loan Programme
One of the main barriers to the development of markets for clean energy is access to finance. In response to this challenge, we supporting a UNEP led initiative, in partnership with two major Indian banks (Canara and Syndicate banks) to accelerate the market for financing solar home solar home systems in southern India. By providing an interest rate subsidy to lower the cost to customers of solar home system financing, the project has been catalytic in assisting the Indian banks to establish credit facilities dedicated to providing loans to finance solar power development. With 18,000 loans to date the program has catalyzed a vibrant credit market for solar home systems and several other Indian banks are now launching competing products.

International Council for Toys Industry (ICTI) Care Process
The Office has been advising the ICTI Care Process - the international toy industry's ethical manufacturing program, aimed at ensuring safe and humane workplace environments for toy factory workers worldwide, on UN collaboration.

International Initiative on Non Food Crops
Working with Kent County Council, Imperial College, and Lees Court Estate, the Office provided advice on the establishment of an International Initiative for Non-food Crops, and ensured FAO, UNEP, UNDP inter-alia, became collaborators. The long-term vision is that a significant proportion of demand for energy and raw materials should be met through the commercial exploitation of crops grown scientifically to stimulate innovation, strengthen the rural economy, enhance biodiversity, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and waste, particularly biodegradable waste going to landfill, and slower depletion of finite natural resources.

Louise T. Blouin Foundation (LTB Foundation)
The Office provided advice in programme development and engagement of the United Nations in the Global Creative Leadership Summit, hosted by the LTB Foundation in New York City in 2006, which brought together leaders in business, technology, government, science and the arts, to provide insights that will have practical implications for problem-solving across disciplines. The chairman of the LTB Foundation is dedicating the foundation's efforts to UN causes.

The Office introduced Microsoft to various UN entities. A number of partnerships have been developed including, Unlimited Potential, Partners in Learning and the Software Donation to NGOs Programme, a national pilot that Microsoft is considering launching on a global basis.

Microsoft CEO Summit
The Office participated in the annual Microsoft CEO Summit, which brings together over 100 CEOs from the world's top companies to discuss emerging social, political, economic, technological and demographic trends. This presented an opportunity to discuss strategies for addressing global problems and present some of the activities of the United Nations.

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
A groundbreaking, multi-stakeholder initiative to assess the state of scientific knowledge concerning the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being. UNF and UNFIP are supporting the project partners efforts to strengthen the engagement of public and private stakeholders in the Assessment process in order to enable decisionmakers to make forward looking decisions about ecosystem management and their contribution to human well being.

Our Common Humanity
The Office was a key partner to an event, "Our Common Humanity", held in November 2006, organised by DESA, and facilitated the participation of actress Julia Ormond, Google CEO Larry Brilliant, and philanthropist Louise Blouin MacBain.

The Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
UNOP continued to assist the Permanent Memorial Committee in implementing a comprehensive media, outreach and resource mobilization strategy, aimed at erecting a permanent memorial monument at the UN Headquarters complex. The Permanent Memorial Committee includes nine UN Member States, African Union, CARICOM, UNESCO, DPI, and other organizations, and it is chaired by the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations. UNOP administrates the Trust Fund in terms of receipts, allocations and disbursements of the resources.

Regional Centre for Partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa
The Office developed a proposal for the establishment of a Regional Centre for Partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa Region - a joint initiative of the State of Qatar and the United Nations to promote multi-stakeholder partnerships, and serve as a Centre of Excellence for training, within the Region.

Rural Energy Enterprise Development Programme
In collaboration with UNEP, the Rural Energy Enterprise Development Programme is focused on building the capacity of local entrepreneurs - through the provision of business development services and access to seed capital - to deliver clean, modern, energy services to rural and peri-urban communities who do not have them. This programme has operations in five African countries, Brazil and China. In Africa, the project has supported investments in 35 enterprises serving 331,000 people and offsetting 421,637 tons of CO2 annually.

Small Grants Programme of the UNDP Global Environment Facility
In partnership with community based organizations, local and national governments, small grants support alternative livelihood activities linked to biodiversity conservation around World Heritage sites. Notable examples of alternative livelihood projects supported through this programme include: community fisheries, forestry, apiculture, and ecotourism enterprises. To date, over $6million has been invested in over 150 community based enterprises around World Heritage sites in six countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico, Belize, Dominica, Philippines).

The Social Innovation Summit
The United Nations Office of Partnerships and Landmark Ventures co-host the Social Innovation Summit 2011 taking place annually at the United Nations Headquarters. The Summit bring together a unique network of businesses, foundation, and community leaders focusing on closing the gaps that have been identified through the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The Summit explores how innovative and sustainable corporate engagement practices can have a real impact and go beyond traditional corporate social responsibility as well as create socially responsible technology enterprises.

Synergos Institute
The Office has developed a strategic alliance with the Synergos Institute to advise members of their Global Philanthropists Circle, on the most effective ways to collaborate on UN projects globally. The Office also works with the Institute's multi-stakeholder partnerships section to explore ways to bring the UN into its activities.

UN Crime and Justice Institute in Turin, Italy (UNICRI)
UNICRI requested advice on securing partnerships for an extensive research project on combating terrorism. The Office facilitated collaboration with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) which resulted in a grant to UNICRI of $50,000 that provided much needed support from a region outside Europe. Currently advice is being provided to UNICRI on creating an Advisory Board to reach out to civil society.

US Chamber of Commerce
The Office has also supported the development of a partnership between the UN and the US Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber engages US companies on development issues, including human rights. The Office co-hosted two conferences in 2006 on "The Role of the Private Sector in International Aid and Development" with the Chamber's Business Civic Leadership Center, one of which was held at UN Headquarters.

World Diversity Cup for Peace
The Office has been advising on UN engagement for this annual youth soccer tournaments featuring boys and girls Diversity Teams, for example Catholics and Protestants from Belfast, Northern Ireland, selected in conjunction with the Mayors of the world's largest cities.