A Selection of Initiatives

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.