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.