Welcome to the United Nations Office for Partnerships

The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a gateway for collaboration between the private sector and foundations, and the United Nations family. It promotes new partnerships and alliances in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals and provides support to new initiatives of the Secretary-General. The Office, headed by Executive Director Amir Dossal reports to the Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro.



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Deputy Secretary General meets with UN Foundation Board of Directors

Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, met today with the UN Foundation Board of Directors to discuss the UN reform process and provided a review of the Foundation's strategy and goals for sustainability. The DSG briefed the members of the Board on the programmatic progress of current projects addressing issues such as clean energy and the environment, young women and children's health, the status of US-UN relations and the preservation of world heritage. Also discussed was the outreach educational project, the Better World Campaign, which uses publications on issues such as climate change in order to promote US investment in UN projects concerning such global challenges.

Ted Turner launches Global Partnership to advance the fight against malaria

Ted Turner, Chairman of the United Nations Foundation (UNF), announced a collaborative effort with the United Methodist Church and Lutheran World Relief, to fight malaria in Africa. The announcement was presented during a special thematic debate of the United Nations General Assembly which took place on the 1st and 2nd of April. Together with the UNF, the organizations strive to raise US$ 200 million to fight the spread of malaria, and to contribute to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

At a press conference held jointly with Srgjan Kerim, the President of the General Assembly, Mr. Turner stated: "Had it not been for the UN, humanity would have gone a long time ago."

 
 

 
 

Second Meeting of the Business Advisory Council for the Greater Tumen Initiative, Shanghai

Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, attended the second meeting of the Business Advisory Council for the Greater Tumen Inititative (GTI) in Shanghai on 24th March. Members of the Council, as well as observers from regional and international businesses and institutions, overviewed strategic activities for the GTI and sector-wise investment opportunities in the region. The Council also discussed policy recommendations for the governments of the five GTI countries including China, Russia, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The UN Office for Partnerships has been supporting the Tumen Secretariat and the UNDP China in the establishment of the Greater Tumen Inititative Business Advisory Council as an important platform for public-private cooperation.

 
 

Women for Peace Cultural Event at the UN Headquarters

In conjunction with its "Women for Peace" project, the United Nations Delegations Women's Club (UNDWC) hosted a unique cultural event in the General Assembly Hall at Headquarters last Tuesday, 11 March 2008.

The event celebrated opportunities for peace in the context of International Women's Day and featured artists from around the world. The goal was to build awareness of the power of women to influence the peace process. The event featured a special, multi-cultural production that reflected the richness of diverse cultures and showed, through song and dance, how differences among people can be overcome. It highlighted unity and solidarity in the celebration of peace and invited the world community to join in the effort.

In addition to the UNDWC, the event was sponsored by the UN Foundation, the UN Office for Partnerships, the Women for Peace Executive Committee, and the Honorable Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, Spouse of the Secretary General.

Click here to watch the Women for Peace webcast.

 
 

Deputy Secretary-General signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth Business Council


Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro (centre)
in a meetig with Mohan Kaul (right), Director-General
of the Commonwealth Business Council; and
Amir Dossal, Executive Director of
the United Nations Office for Partnerships.

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General and the Director General of the Commonwealth Business Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing a partnership between the two organisation today.

The MoU establishes a Global Business Council as cooperation between the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Commonwealth Business Council, an organization which serves to foster cooperation between business and governments. The objectives are to formulize the cooperation of the parties with activities designed inter alia to: set up a Global Business Council, organize global business forums, build regional and global partnerships, strengthen the business climate in developing countries and enhance support enterprise development to help achieve the MDGs.

The Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro commented, "The partnership that we have established with the Commonwealth Business Council is an important milestone towards achieving the MDGs. Investments in developing countries are crucial towards addressing the MDGs."

"CBC is honored to work with the United Nations to contribute towards achieving the MDGs through increased economic empowerment of wider segments of society, to lift people out of poverty and give them new opportunities. This can be achieved by bringing business and investments to developing countries," said Dr Mohan Kaul, Director General, Commonwealth Business Council.

Further information to the CBC can be found at the following link.

 
 

Special Event on Corporate Philanthropy and the MDGs

On 25 February, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) convened a special meeting with participation of more than 200 corporate executives and foundation chiefs to discuss the ways in which corporate giving can best support the objectives of sustainable development and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The programme in the ECOSOC Chamber was jointly organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Office for Partnerships, and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), an independent international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons undertaking philanthropic missions.

The welcome by ECOSOC President Léo Mérorès was followed by addresses by UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro and CECP Executive Director Charles Moore. Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships gave the closing remarks. In her remarks Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro stressed the important role Corporate giving can play in advancing the MDGs.

The first panel discussion, on “Applying strategic philanthropy to the MDGs” was moderated by Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the MDGs. Participating on this panel were Steve Gunderson, President and CEO, Council on Foundations; Ad Melkert, Associate Administrator, UN Development Programme; Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard University; and Akhtar Badshah, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Community Affairs.

Kathy Bushkin Calvin, Executive Vice-President and COO of the United Nations Foundation, moderated the second panel, on leadership and partnerships. Participants of this panel were the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson, former Goldman Sachs co-chair John C. Whitehead, and Western Union CEO Christina Gold.

Other corporate leaders at the event included top executives of Mitsubishi International, Microsoft, Time Warner, KPMG, J.P. Morgan Chase, and heads of foundations such as the Aga Khan, Newman's Own, Merrill Lynch, and CitiBank.

Please click here to see the UN press release.

The webcast is available here

National Corporate Philanthropy Day

Today, in celebration of National Corporate Philanthropy Day, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), a strategic partner of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, presents the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Awards to the CEOs of PNC Financial Services Group and Moody’s Corporation.

The winners, both financial firms, focus their efforts on critical education initiatives. In addition, nonprofit organization Community Voice Mail (nominated by Cisco Systems) receives the CECP Directors’ Nonprofit Award, including a $25,000 cash donation, for its integrated corporate partnerships.

To see the full press release, please click here.

 

United Nations Hosts Investor Summit on Climate Risk

On 14 February 2008, the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, together with Ceres and the United Nations Foundation hosted the largest gathering of financial and corporate leaders from around the world at the third Investor Summit on Climate Risk. The summit has been attended by more than 450 investor, financial, and corporate leaders – together controlling $10-15 trillion in investment capital - from around the world.

A number of leading experts and practitioners have been discussing the challenges relating to climate risk during the Summit. Former Vice President of the United States and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mr. Al Gore has been the key luncheon speaker.

The Secretary-General in his remarks (delivered by Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UN Office for Partnerships) urged participants to “join hands with the United Nations in crafting a forceful yet flexible response to climate change.”

The summit can be considered a significant success since nearly 50 leading U.S. and European institutional investors managing over $1.75 trillion in assets released a climate change action plan that will boost investments in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies and require tougher scrutiny of carbon-intensive investments that may pose long-term financial risks. Additionally, European investors managing $6.5 trillion in assets supported the action plan "in principle."

A webcast of the summit is available at: http://www.un.org/webcast.

Joined Efforts for Emergency Communications

Barcelona and London, 13 February 2008, the United Nations World Food
Programme (WFP), the United Nations Foundation and The Vodafone Group Foundation announced a ground-breaking „global partnership for emergency communications”. The partnership will improve the effectiveness of the information and communications technology (ICT) response to major emergencies and disasters around the world.

The United Nations Foundation and the Vodafone Group Foundation pledged together $4.3 million while the WFP pledged a further $1.8 million to develop the first-ever ICT training programme which will be open to the global community of humanitarian relief organizations.

The United Nations Foundation has been set up in 1997 to administer Ted Turner’s historic contribution of $1 billion in support of UN causes. In turn, the Secretary-General established UNFIP as the central interface with the UN Foundation.

Worldwide Forum Mobilizes Organizations to Combat Human Trafficking

The first-ever global forum to fight human trafficking took place in Vienna from 13-15 February 2008. Bringing together 1,200 experts, legislators, law enforcement officials, business leaders, NGO representatives and human trafficking survivors from 116 countries, the forum provided the platform for a new campaign of coordinated action to tackle the crime.

In a rallying call to raise international awareness on the eve of the Forum, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, said that the crime is so widespread within the global economic system that we have all become complicit in it: "The blood, sweat and tears of trafficking victims are on the hands of consumers all over the world. This is a crime that shames us all."

Celebrities and public figures from across the world have been participating in the Forum. In cooperation with United Nations Office for Partnerships, Ms. Joan Rivers, a highly-regarded US actress, writer, businesswoman and jewelry designer, donated specially designed pins for the participants of the Vienna Forum. In her message Ms. Rivers thanked all participants for their commitment to ending human trafficking. She stated “Human Trafficking is a crime that shames us all, and each of us has a role to play in its abolition. I am honored to be among the supporters of the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, and hope you will enjoy this small gift as a token of my respect and appreciation for your efforts.”

United Nations Office for Partnerships is a core partner of UNODC and supported a number of the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking events leading up to the Vienna Forum.

Announcement of Core Initiatives for Google.org's Philanthropic Efforts

On 17 January 2008, Google.org, partner of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, announced its five core initiatives to combat climate change, poverty and emerging threats.
Google's founders have the commitment to devote approximately 1 percent of the company's equity plus 1 percent of annual profits to philanthropy, as well as employee time. This way, they are including more than $25 million in new grants and investments to initial partners for the new initiatives: ‘Predict and Prevent’, ‘Inform and Empower to Improve Public Services’, ‘Fuel the Growth of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises’, ‘Develop Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal’, ‘Accelerate the Commercialization of Plug-In Vehicles’.

The United Nations Office for Partnerships has facilitated numerous partnerships between Google.org and the United Nations including with The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the United Nations Foundation.

To see the press release, please click here.

The UN Welcomes PRSA Members

On December 7, the UN Office for Partnerships, in collaboration with the International Section of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), hosted the event “Win-Win Partnerships with UN Agencies - Achieving Your Organization’s Social Responsibility Goals” at the United Nations Headquarters to brief on partnership opportunities with the United Nations.

A panel of representatives from major UN entities including UNICEF, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and UNAIDS presented their objectives and guidelines on cooperation with the private sector, providing concrete examples of successful partnerships. For the webcast of the event visit the following link.

International Social Franchise Summit - Economic Theory for Doing Good

On December 6, 2007, the first International Social Franchise Summit organized by the Association of German Foundations and its partners (Compagnia di San Paolo, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, ZEIT-Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius, Foundation Fritt Ord) brought together 190 participants from 19 countries in Berlin. On the occasion of the conference, Ms. Constanze Westervoss, Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, met with high level decision makers of foundations, other non-profit organisations, donor institutions and CSR programmes presented insights, and a number of workshops provided both practical guidelines and fora for discussion. The Summit also featured the German Award Ceremony for the Social Entrepreneur 2007 of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. A comprehensive English manual containing know-how, relevant literature, case studies as well as practical guidance was presented, and can be accessed shortly at the following link.

Celebration of French Filmmaker and Writer Romuald Sciora's Work on the United Nations

On 5 December 2007, the UN Office for Partnerships hosted a reception to celebrate Romuald Sciora and his wide-ranging work on the United Nations - together with some of its private sector partners, Ambassadors and UN system colleagues.

Mr. Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, who has been a strong supporter of Romuald’s work, delivered remarks in which he pointed to the importance of Mr. Sciora’s work in informing the public, and particularly the world’s young people, about the United Nations and the ideals it represents.

New Institutional Platform Established to Support the Role of the Private Sector in Northeast Asia

At the 9th Consultative Commission Meeting of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI), on November 15th 2007 in Vladivostok, Russian Federation, a Business Advisory Council (BAC) was formally launched.

This new institutional platform consists of senior business leaders from the countries of the Greater Tumen Region (the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation) and foreign investors operating in these countries. The BAC will operate as non- governmental entity and be private sector led and founded. All participants of the 9th Consultative Commission Meeting welcomed the creation of the BAC, which aims to promote permanent dialogue between governments and private sector representatives to strengthen regional development and cooperation.

The BAC has been developed by the UN Office for Partnerships in consultation with UNDP Regional Office in China and the Tumen Secretariat. The Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, Mr. Amir Dossal, himself an institutional member of the BAC, chaired the Investment Forum of the GTI, in Vladisvostok last week.

Following track of the Millennium Development Goals

Today the UN Secretary-General, the UNDP Administrator and representatives from Google and Cisco launched the MDG Monitor website.

This unique web application tracks real-time progress toward the Millennium Development Goals in countries around the world. It has been developed by UNDP in collaboration with various UN agencies. The new online resource will serve as an educational and advocacy platform to realizing the MDGs. Created as a tool for development practitioners, policymakers, journalists, students and others, the MDG Monitor website can be used to track progress, to learn and to support the MDGs around the world.

Please click here to see the MDG Monitor website.

 

Global Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability Seminars - Companies exploring new routes as corporate citizens to create sustainable opportunity

On 23-24 October 2007 executives from around the world gathered to explore Corporate Responsibility on the cusp of extraordinary change and opportunity at the Conference Board’s Global Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability Seminars in New York. The themes of the two seminars were ‘Leading 21st Century Corporate Citizenship’ and ‘Taking a Giant Leap Toward Sustainability’. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, participated in the first seminar, giving a keynote speech and discussing how corporate leaders are partnering to expedite progress in areas as for instance education, environmental sustainability and international development.

 

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

On 18th October the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) met to discuss the Secretary-General’s report on the United Nations Office for Partnerships, which updates the Assembly on the work of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), as well as Partnership and Advisory Services and Outreach.

Appointment of Executive Head of UNDEF

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Roland Rich, an Australian national, as its Executive Head. Mr. Rich took up his duties on 1 October 2007. He brings to the task broad experience in diplomacy and democracy promotion.


Louise T Blouin MacBain, the President of Malawi,
Bingu wa Mutharika, Mrs. Grímsson and
the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

In Search of Creative Approaches to Address Global Challenges

From 23-25 September 2007 the Louise T Blouin Foundation hosted the second Annual Global Creative Leadership Summit in New York in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships which provided them with strategic advice.

The foundation aims to encourage a better understanding of foreign affairs and culture beyond borders through international cooperation, exchange and dialogue for the 21st century.

In a unique peer-to-peer environment, the summit brought together 100 delegates, including Heads of State, Nobel-Prize winners, global CEOs and the most influential thought-leaders, to stimulate a cross-disciplinary creative approach in addressing common global challenges.


(from left to right Will Kennedy, Kimberly Gamble-Payne,
Sarah Papineau, Camilla Schippa, Amir Dossal, Karen Thoreen,
Shari Klugman, Doris Law and Roxana Garcia)

Director Romuald Sciora Chronicles UN Past, Present, and Future

Sciora has now moved on to capturing the larger picture of the Organization today and in coming years with his next work, a full-length documentary called “The Wilson Syndrome”. The Office for Partnerships' staff will be featured in the film, as well as its Executive Director, Amir A. Dossal, who spoke in front of the camera about Mr. Ted Turner's contribution and how the UN is now working with the private sector.


Amir Dossal and Bernard Weber
on stage at the ceremony in Lisbon.

World Votes for New Seven Wonders

On 7 July, 2007, during a live gala event in Lisbon, Portugal, the “New 7 Wonders of the World” were announced, as decided by over 100 million votes from around the world. The event was presided by New7Wonders Founder and President, Mr. Bernard Weber, and was attended by United Nations Office for Partnerships Executive Director, Mr. Amir Dossal, in recognition of the efforts of N7W to promote the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

 

1,200 Participants gathered in Istanbul for the OECD World Forum

The second OECD World Forum, “Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies: The OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge, and Policy”, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27-30 June, brought together 1,200 participants from developing and developed nations across the world. The Forum’s participants spanned the public, private and civil sector, comprising individuals from all areas of society. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, chaired a session entitled “Tackling Global Problems: The Role of Foundations”, which explored the role that major foundations play in fostering projects, how they can better coordinate with each other to enhance outcomes, and how their contributions can be measured. The panel featured Darren Walker, Vice President of the Ford Foundation, Paul Brest, President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Gordon Hein, Vice President for Programs of the Asia Foundation, and Steve Killelea, founder of the Global Peace Index. More information about the session can be found here.

Greater Tumen Initiative Breakfast Draws International Business Leaders

On 26 June 2007, Amir Dossal and Camilla Schippa, Chief of Office, of the UN Office for Partnerships and Khalid Malik, UN Resident Coordinator, and Nataliya Yacheistova, Director of the Tumen Secretariat, of the UNDP China Office hosted a breakfast at the House of Lords in London to promote the Greater Tumen Initiative’s Business Advisory Council (BAC), which is soon to be created. The Business Advisory Council would bring regional and international business leaders to the Tumen region (comprised of parts of China, DPR Korea, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, and Russia in Northeast Asia).

The breakfast provided the UN Office for Partnerships the opportunity to inform influential business leaders about the BAC and receive their feedback and suggestions. The leaders will have the opportunity to join the Council when it is established at the 9th Meeting of the Consultative Commission—where all five countries in the Tumen region come together—in Vladivostok this October.

The Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI), originally the Tumen River Area Development Programme (TRADP), is a regional cooperation mechanism joined by five countries including the People’s Republic of China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation since 1995. It is a unique intergovernmental platform for economic cooperation and exchanges for Northeast Asia and serves as a catalyst in expanding policy dialogue and strengthening fundamentals for improving the business environment.

Our sincere thanks go to the Lord Bruce-Lockhart for his gracious hospitality!

Water is Life. Pass it on!

A truly global around-the-world run started on June 1st on the North Lawn of the United Nations Headquarters in New York to raise attention for over 1 billion people without access to safe drinking water. The Blue Planet Run kicked off events for the World Environment Day celebrated all over the world on June 5th to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action.

On the occasion of the launch of the Blue Planet Run Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships announced that "the United Nations is pleased to be collaborating in support of this historic run to bring practical water and sanitation solutions to poor people who lack such basic services in the developing world".

For Mr. Amir Dossal's remarks, please click here.

Microsoft CEO Summit - Private Enterprises Addressing Public Issues

On 15-17 May 2007, Chief Executives from Fortune 1000 companies worldwide gathered to explore top business topics and the role of IT at the Microsoft CEO Summit in Seattle. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, participated in the Summit to discuss with CEOs strategies for addressing global problems.

The Microsoft CEO Summit brings together the world's leaders in business to discuss emerging social, political, economic, technological and demographic trends. Each year, more than 100 CEOs from the world's top companies meet to explore these trends and discuss how they will shape the future of global business.

On the occasion of the Summit, Amir Dossal, was interviewed by Mr. Lou Gellos about the role of the enterprise in addressing global problems.

For the full interview please, click here.

Launch of Microsoft Africa Programmes

Yesterday, the United Nations Office for Partnerships hosted an event to further advance Africa’s partnership strategy. Participants included several ambassadors to the United Nations, senior Microsoft representatives, foundation and business leaders, including philanthropist Ted Turner, founder of the United Nations Foundation, Louise MacBain, founder of the Louise T. Blouin Foundation, and senior United Nations officials.

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro stated that “African development is one of the highest priorities of the United Nations. We will need to work on many fronts if Africa’s people are to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, triumph over poverty and enjoy sustainable peace and well-being.” She underscored that, “recently, [Microsoft] announced that it is increasing its commitment and investments to bring new social and economic opportunities to developing and emerging segments around the world through Microsoft Unlimited Potential. Africa will be a key focus for this programme, and we welcome this important effort. I thank everyone involved in making it possible, and look forward to the positive results it will no doubt bring for the men, women and children of Africa.” The Deputy Secretary-General noted that she was “delighted that Microsoft is working with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, which is facilitating innovative alliances for the entire UN system.”

Orlando Ayala, Senior Vice-President, Emerging Segments Market Development, Microsoft Corp., detailed Microsoft efforts “to use technology, training and partnerships to help bring sustained social and economic opportunity to the estimated 5 billion people who are not yet realizing the benefits of technology”. He continued by noting that, “through the expansion of Microsoft Unlimited Potential, the company is renewing and accelerating its long-term commitment to transform education, foster local innovation and enable jobs and opportunities to help give the people of Africa a chance achieve their full potential”.

For the press release, click here. For the Deputy Secretary-General's remarks, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

Sharp Increase In Corporate Giving In 2005

As reported in the newly released "Giving In Numbers" 2006 Edition, which is published annually by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), corporate giving saw a sharp increase in 2005. The total giving of companies in 2005 equaled more than $10.5 billion.

This money was allocated across various program areas, with the typical company giving 34% of its total giving to health and social services, and education ranking second across all program areas.

More findings from the same report include the fact that giving is fast-paced with the typical corporate giving professional being responsible for making 154 grants per year, and the companies placing volunteerism as a top priority in their corporate giving.

"Giving In Numbers" is a report prepared by the Corporate Giving Standard philanthropy measurement initiative, who surveyed 103 companies on the full breadth and depth of their 2005 corporate giving initiatives. For the full report, please click here.


Amir Dossal & Mr. Al-Rumaihi

Amir Dossal & The RT. Hon. Lord Howe

7th Doha Forum for Democracy, Development and Free Trade

The 7th Doha Forum for Democracy, Development and Free Trade was opened today in Doha, Qatar, by the Emir of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The Forum, which will continue until April 25, will serve as a framework for a dialogue aimed at promoting reforms and working out future strategies regarding the strengthening of mutual efforts to maintain security, peace and stability. United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, addressed the conference during the opening ceremony.

On the occasion of the conference, Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, met with Mr. Al-Rumaihi, Qatar Foreign Minister's Assistant for Follow-Up Affairs and Chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee also to discuss a proposal for the establishment of a Centre for Partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa.

Further attending was The RT. Hon. Lord Howe of Aberavon, CH, QC, who is a member of the House of Lords and also serves as Chancellor of the Esquire. For the statement by the Secretary-General, click here.