UN-Business Focal Point Newsletter Issue 14 (December 2010)

The Information Bulletin for UN Private Sector Focal Points.

From the Global Compact

Letter From the Global Compact
By: Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Office
Welcome to the 14th issue of the UN-Business Focal Point newsletter.
First and foremost, I am happy to announce that the 3rd United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals was a great success and represented a fantastic example of system-wide UN collaboration…

New Partnership Projects

Global CSR versus African farmers? UNDP Initiates Program Linking Sudanese Hibiscus Farmers to International Importers
By: Maja Bott, UNDP Sudan
Sudan is renowned for producing the best quality of hibiscus, widely used as major ingredient of fruit teas. In fact, the total volume of production in 2008 was estimated at 18 thousand tons. However, the share in the total value-added of hibiscus for producers, mainly poor and rural women, is on average below 30%…

LG Electronics and WFP Strengthen Partnership to Fight Hunger in Asia
LG Electronics (LG) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have come together in new partnership to strengthen the fight against hunger and under-nutrition in Asia…

The Power of Sport: FC Barcelona and UNICEF Expand Advocacy and Fundraising
By: Montserrat Povill, UNICEF
In 2009, Futbol Club Barcelona (FCB) continued its commitment of €1.5 million per year, with expectations of reaching its €7 million mark in 2011. By partnering with a leading, globally respected sports club such as FCB and with a support base of millions, along with the ability to target men and young audiences, UNICEF embraces the unique opportunity to tap into the power of sport and football stars to help mobilize resources and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS

Youth Employment Network and Jacobs Foundation Launch Fund for Evaluating the Impact of Youth Employment Initiatives
The Youth Employment Network (YEN), an interagency partnership of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations and the World Bank, have signed an agreement with the Swiss based private foundation, the Jacobs Foundation, to contribute to building the evidence base in youth employment through impact evaluation. The Jacobs Foundation has committed to provide 450,000 CHF in funding over 3 years (2010-2012)…

Waste to Wealth: Recycling in Schools to Eliminate the Plastic Waste Menace in Ghana
By: Kofi Asare Anyemedu and Christy Ahenkora-Banya, UNDP Ghana
The Recycling in Schools Project, an initiative of Nestlé Ghana, the Swiss Embassy, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), and the United Nations Global Compact Network in Ghana was launched for five weeks in three selected educational institutions in Accra: the Calvary Presbyterian Chorkor Primary School, Wilberforce Primary 1 School and the Association International School. These schools were used for the pilot project because they represent a mix of low and middle income schools and are situated in deprived and affluent communities…

Veolia Environment Foundation Supports UNICEF as a Standby Partner
By: Julien Temple, UNICEF
UNICEF and the Veolia Environment Foundation work together on the frontline with the shared objective of bringing the necessary assistance to those in need of clean water and sanitation in time of emergency, however difficult the task may be…

UNIDO-HP Global Partnership Programme Promotes Entrepreneurship and IT Training for Youth
By: Barbara Kreissler, Petra Wenitzky, Suman Lederer, UNIDO
A partnership program between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) addresses the crucial issue of youth unemployment in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East by providing ICT skills, thus enhancing chances for self employment (entrepreneurship) and decent work for the unemployed…

UNICEF and GUCCI: New Initiatives for Orphans and Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
By: Deanna Helmig, US Fund for UNICEF
2009 marked the fifth anniversary of the global Gucci/UNICEF partnership, which began in 2005 when Gucci introduced the first annual Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF. In this campaign, Gucci stores in over 20 countries donated a percentage of sales from a special group of products to support UNICEF programs for orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa…

Healthcare Mediators Increase Efficiency through Telecom Partnership with UNICEF Serbia
By: Vesna Savic Ðukic, UNICEF Serbia
In order to improve health and quality of life of the Roma in Serbia, the Ministry of Health launched a health care mediator project in 2008 called Povezivanje (“Connecting”). UNICEF and the international telecom company Telenor joined the project in 2010 to help improve the work of health mediators by providing equipment, additional education and training…

UNESCO and Google Enable People to Explore World Heritage
By: Laura Berdejo, UNESCO World Heritage Center
Following the signature of an agreement between UNESCO and Google in December 2009, millions of people are now able to discover some of the most amazing places in the world. At present, internet users can visit 19 of the 911 World Heritage sites via the Google Street View interface and see all the World Heritage sites through Google Earth and Google Maps. Since the World Heritage theme was created on 30 March 2010, over 8,000 users have chosen ten different “wallpapers” of World Heritage sites to appear as the background of their computer screens…

Themes and Debate

Third UN Private Sector Forum Held to Promote Private Sector Role in Achieving MDGs
Chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Private Sector Forum convened approximately 300 Heads of State and Government, Chief Executive Officers, Civil Society Leaders and Heads of UN Agencies during the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)..

Non-Financial Reporting: An Explanation and Examples from Ukraine
By: Jessica Levine, UN in Ukraine
As corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives become more widespread and corporate behavior shifts, the public needs clear ways to evaluate a company’s social, economic and environmental performance. Non-financial reporting is essential for public stakeholders to gauge how well companies are performing in these areas as they instill accountability in firms, drive sustainability improvement and contribute to the development of better corporate practice…

Assessing ILO Initiatives on Public-Private Partnerships: Internal Online Survey on Collaboration with Non-state Actors
In May 2010, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Department of Partnerships and Development Cooperation (PARDEV) launched an internal on-line survey designed to assess ILO initiatives on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) with a view to establishing a knowledge base, to identify PPPs with scale-up potential and to share lessons learned within the Office. Open to all ILO staff members who are working with non-state actors, it was available online in English, French, Spanish and Chinese…

CEO Blind Spots: Revisiting the UNGC-Accenture Study
By: Peter Utting, UNRISD
The Global Compact-Accenture study, “A New Era of Sustainability”, published on the occasion of the Global Compact Leaders Summit in June 2010, is said to be the largest inquiry of its kind ever undertaken. Some 766 CEOs responded to a survey that sought to gauge the extent of corporate commitment to the principles of sustainability and future prospects…

Initiating the Incremental Impact by Shared Values: UNDP Pushes into High-Gear with Syria’s Private Sector
By: Zena Ali Ahmad, UNDP Syria
The past ten years has provided a unique opportunity for the private sector to engage in high-level dialogue with governments from around the world and identify promising trends and opportunities for business community contributions to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it best by saying: “The common thread runs through almost all companies’ experiences in bringing the Compact’s ten principles to life: expanding markets and advancing the economic and social well-being of people and societies can be two sides of the same coin"…

United Nations Summit Reaffirms Critical Role of Private Sector in Advancing the Millennium Development Goals
At the conclusion of its High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG Summit), the UN General Assembly stressed the critical role of the private sector for development and called on businesses everywhere to contribute to the MDGs. The Summit’s outcome document was adopted by the General Assembly on 22 September and includes an action agenda for achieving the Goals by 2015…

International Trade Centre Co-hosts Forum, Advocates Greater Voice for Africa’s Private Sector
By: Sophie Justice, International Trade Centre
A private sector forum held in conjunction with the African Union (AU) Summit in Kampala, Uganda in August 2010 concluded that a greater private sector presence was needed in African trade integration talks…

Tools and Resources

Partnering for Global Health: The Global Fund and the Private Sector
Currently, there are four key ways for businesses and other private sector organizations to partner with the Global Fund: Making monetary or in-kind donations; supporting implementation; providing commercial goods and services on a socially responsible basis; and serving as a public advocate and contributor to good governance.This new report from the Global Fund describes each of these partner relationships in more detail and gives examples of partnerships that have been successful…

New Tool “A Global Compact for Development” Released
This new report from the UN Global Compact Office emphasizes the second objective of the Global Compact by articulating how companies can support development objectives through their core business; strategic social investments; advocacy; partnerships and collective action. Available Global Compact platforms for business to support development goals are identified and examples of how companies are already contributing to this agenda are showcased…

New Report on Trends in UN-Private Sector Partnerships since 2000
By: Wade Hoxtell, Domenica Preysing and Julia Steets, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
Collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector has become ingrained in the way the United Nations and its Agencies, Funds and Programmes function; but it was not always this way. The report, authored by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) with support from the UN Global Compact Office, charts the evolution of UN-business engagement since 2000…

New Report on Accelerating Progress towards the MDGs through Inclusive Business Released
Following the world leaders’ anti-poverty summit that called on the private sector to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS), the Business Call to Action and eight other leading business organizations launched a report geared towards helping businesses join the fight against poverty…

New Study on the Role of Business in Achieving MDGs
Once isolated from public and non-profit sectors, the private sector is now being welcomed into the development field as an essential engine for progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The rise of corporate social responsibility and the recognition that business and development objectives often coincide has placed companies at the heart of the struggle to raise living standards in emerging economies…

The Climate Neutral Network – Partnering for Climate Neutrality
By: Stuart Roberts, UNEP
The Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the showcasing of strategies and initiatives to reduce carbon footprint, promoting the global transition to low-carbon economies and societies…

WBCSD Launches New Tool for Identifying and Implementing Inclusive Business Models
By: Filippo Veglio, WBCSD
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has launched a new easy-to-use presentation and simulation tool to help companies and stakeholders identify and implement inclusive business models, namely ventures that profitably engage low-income populations across companies’ value chains and develop affordable products and services that meet the needs of low-income populations…

New E-Zine Launched to Highlight Role of Tourism in Achieving MDGs
A new e-zine has been launched by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to highlight policies, initiatives and success stories of how tourism can contribute to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)…

WBCSD Releases New Report on Role of Business in Addressing Sustainability
What are the links between business and development? And what is the business role and opportunity in addressing sustainability challenges of developing countries and emerging economies? These questions are addressed in a report published by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This report draws on a decade of WBCSD thought leadership and practical experience in promoting business solutions to sustainability issues in the developing world…

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Upcoming events

View a list of events relevant to UN private sector focal points.

Special Program on Philanthropy with the United Nations
28 February 2011
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY

3rd Annual Event on the Women’s Empowerment Principles
9 – 10 March 2011
New York, USA

The UN Millennium Development Goals, the Global Compact and the Common Good
20-22 March 2011
New York, USA

UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting
12–13 April 2011
Paris, France

Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries – Private Sector Track
9-13 May 2011
Istanbul, Turkey

New UN Private Sector Focal Points

Maja Bott
Economic Advisor, UNDP Sudan,
Tel.: + 249 (0) 183 663 121 Ext. 152
Mobile: + 249 (0) 91 5030496
E-mail: maja.bott@undp.org

Stuart Roberts
Information Officer, CN Net Coordinator
Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
P.O. Box 30552 – 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254-20-7625313
Fax: +254 20 762 3692
Website: www.unep.org/climateneutral

Magnus Magnusson
Chief, Partnerships and Communications Unit
UN Capital Development Fund
Two UN Plaza, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1 212 906 6237
Fax +1 212 906 6479
Email: Magnus.magnusson@uncdf.org


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