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UN-Business Focal Point Newsletter Issue 16 (November 2011)

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 16th issue of the UN-Business Focal Point newsletter!

New Partnership Projects

UNESCO and P&G Launch New Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education
By: Noha Bawazir, UNESCO
In April 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Always brand of Proctor & Gamble launched a new cause-related marketing partnership to support UNESCO’s Women and Girls’ Education Advocacy Program.

UNDP and Private Sector Improve Living Standards in the Poorest Regions of Syria
By: Faten Tibi, UNDP Syria
Since 2005, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Syria has organized a special program for promoting the role of the private sector as a strong partner in the national socio-economic development process.

Increasing Financial Awareness amongst Youth in Turkey: An Update
By: UNDP Turkey
The “Increasing Financial Awareness amongst Youth in Turkey” project, a collaboration between the Turkish Republic Ministry of Development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Youth Association for Habitat, Visa Europe and member banks, provides critical training for poor and disadvantaged groups, in particular youth, which lack knowledge on the benefits of financial services and products or for those that have the knowledge but lack the access.

Body Shop International Lends Campaigning Prowess to HIV Activist Campaign
By: Alison Phillips-Pearce, UNAIDS
On World AIDS Day (1 December 2010), the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and The Body Shop launched a three-year campaign calling for increased activism and thus heightened public awareness regarding HIV. The global campaign, called “Be an activist”, urges people to take personal responsibility and thus lead the way in the response to HIV.

UNIDO and METRO Group Extend Alliance for Sustainable Food Supplies
By: Gerardo Patacconi and Valentina Varbanova, UNIDO
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and METRO Group have joined efforts in a strategic partnership following a pro-poor and inclusive public-private partnership development scheme. Through the partnership, suppliers gain access to profitable new market opportunities and establish long-lasting business linkages with potential buyers.

Saatchi & Saatchi Offer Creative Flair to ‘Stigma Fuels HIV’ Campaign
By: Alison Phillips-Pearce, UNAIDS
In June 2011, the ‘Stigma Fuels HIV’ global multimedia campaign was launched in every UN workplace around the world representing a target audience of more than 100,000 employees in more than 140 countries. The aim of the campaign is to create awareness about the negative impact of HIV-associated stigma and discrimination in the UN workplace and to show that there is no tolerance for such behavior.

UNESCO and Panasonic Partner to Promote World Heritage Conservation and Environmental Education
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Centre and Panasonic Corporation have launched a strategic partnership to promote sustainable development through World Heritage conservation and environmental education for the next generation.

The Stop TB Partnership: Ten Years On
By: Daniela Mohaupt, Stop TB Partnership Secretariat, World Health Organization
In the 10 years since its founding by just seven partners in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership has attracted over 1000 partners that share its vision of a world free of tuberculosis. These include the World Health Organization – which hosts the partnership secretariat and is a major partner – and representatives from government programs, technical partners, research and funding agencies, NGOs, civil society and community groups and the private sector.

OCHA and Lonely Planet Partner for Emergency Response
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher, launched a partnership to provide information vital for responders in humanitarian emergencies. OCHA mobilizes and coordinates emergency humanitarian efforts around the globe and deploys the first international responders on the ground.

Three Million Poor in Africa and South Asia to Gain Access to Mobile Phone Numbers
Three million people living in poverty in Africa and South Asia—around 75 percent of them women—will gain access to low-cost mobile phones identities and mobile phone numbers following United Kingdom-based technology firm Movirtu’s commitment made to the Business Call to Action (BCtA).

UNFPA Joins Forces with IBM in Setting up 7 Billion Actions Campaign Platform
IBM is partnering with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in promoting its efforts to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing a world of seven billion people—a milestone reached at the end of October 2011.

Nine Million to Benefit from New Business Pact to Fight Poverty
Nine million poor people in Africa, Asia and Latin America will have access to clean energy sources and improved health care through commitments made by three companies to Business Call to Action, a global initiative to promote poverty reduction and sustainable social and economic development.

Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) Program
By: Beatrice Scharrenberg, Deutsche Post DHL
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Deutsche Post DHL have launched the “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) Program to prepare airports and people for disaster situations and to make aid delivery more efficient.

Themes and Debate

“Towards Global Partnerships”: UN Private Sector Focal Points Highlight Trends, Challenges for UN-Business Partnerships
By: Kristina Thomsen, GPPi
The biannual report of the Secretary-General “Towards Global Partnerships” will be presented this month to the General Assembly at its 66th session in New York. Since many subscribers of this newsletter dedicated a portion of their time for interviews and filling out surveys, it is a perfect time to present new trends, developments and other interesting findings on UN-business partnerships based on the input of the UN Private Sector Focal Points.

Global Business Leaders Make Push for Sustainable Energy at UN Private Sector Forum
On the 20 September 2011, nearly 300 business, government and civil society leaders from around the world gathered at UN Headquarters in New York for the UN Private Sector Forum on Sustainable Energy for All, hosted by the UN Global Compact in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)/UN-Energy.

Partnering with the Private Sector for Sustainable Urban Development
By: Omar Siddique, UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre
In an environment in which both national and municipal governments are under a great deal of pressure from citizens to create greener and more livable cities, businesses are essential to supporting these efforts. To what extent can businesses make change happen? What complementary support is required? How are consumers making it worthwhile? What should the regulators do? What are the tradeoffs?

UNICRI Creating Public-Private Cooperation Platforms for Protecting Vulnerable Targets
By: Ines Ferro Ribeiro and Brian Powrie, UNICRI
Cooperation between the public and private sectors has the potential to be highly beneficial in promoting the protection of people and places, with special regard to vulnerable targets. The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is currently exploring this potential by developing several initiatives and flagship projects which bring together public authorities and private sector stakeholders to enhance the protection of vulnerable targets.

International Trade and Women Entrepreneurs
By: Aicha Pouye, ITC
Gender equality has long been a fashionable maxim for international organizations and particularly the United Nations, but in reality we need to be paying more than just lip service to this particular Millennium Development Goal (MDG). Instead, we need to remember why it was included in that key list of eight targets.

Meet a Focal Point

Claudia Arthur Flatz, External Relations Officer, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, UNODC
Claudia Arthur-Flatz’s career has involved drug-related issues for many years now but from two very different perspectives. She has worked to promote a legal drugs producer, the pharmaceutical giant, Novartis, and subsequently, to fight illegal drug production, working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). However, although drugs are one common thread, the other – more important – aspect of continuity is dealing with the private sector.

Meet a Private Sector Focal Point: Susanne Stormer, Vice President, Global TBL Management, Novo Nordisk
The practice of Triple Bottom Line (TBL) accounting and reporting is growing as businesses across the globe increasingly recognize the benefits of measuring success and value creation based not only on financial criteria, but also the ecological and social impact of their business operations.  For Susanne Stormer, Vice President of Global TBL Management at the Danish-based pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk, the Triple Bottom Line defines how Novo Nordisk approaches sustainability…

Tools and Resources

New Guide for Creating Effective UN-Business Partnerships now Available
A new guide, entitled “Partnership fundamentals: A 10-step guide for creating effective UN-Business partnerships” has been published by the UN Global Compact, in Cooperation with Unilever and Dalberg. Derived from insights distilled from existing UN-Business partnerships, this guide serves as a step-by-step roadmap for maximizing the transformative potential of your partnership.

New Publication on ‘Transformational’ UN-Business Partnerships

A new publication, entitled “Catalyzing Transformational Partnerships between the United Nations and Business” has been published by the UN Global Compact, in Cooperation with Unilever and Dalberg. The report highlights the value of partnerships that have the capacity to transform the ways in which the UN, civil society, governments, and other stakeholders work with business to secure sustained and rapid realization of development goals.

Linking Community Outcomes and Business Value: IFC Develops Financial Valuation Tool for Sustainability Investments
By: Jelena Lukic, IFC
Over the past three years, a partnership, including the International Finance Corporation, Rio Tinto, Deloitte and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), with the support from the Government of Norway, has developed the Financial Valuation Tool for Sustainability Investments.

New Anti-Corruption Portal “TRACK” Launched by UNODC
By: Tanja Santucci and Panagiotis Papadimitriou, UNODC
UNODC has launched a web-based anti-corruption portal known as TRACK (“Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge”).

WIPO GREEN: An Initiative to Facilitate Dissemination and Deployment of Environmentally Sound Technologies
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has established a new global tool to accelerate the adaptation, adoption and deployment of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs): WIPO Green – The Sustainable Technology Marketplace. This platform was developed in collaboration with industry, initially in particular the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA).

Report Shows Key Role of Tourism in Tackling Climate Change
Greenhouse gas emissions from the global tourism industry are set to at least double in the next 25 years unless more low carbon, resource efficient policies are developed, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

New Book Available on Creating Cross-Sector Collaborations
In this day and age, many issues require both global and cross-sector solutions. There are already numerous global cross-sector partnerships. Yet “almost 80 percent of them are destined to fail,” predicts Motoyo Kamiya, author of a new book “Partnership Design Guide: Creating Successful Cross-Sector Collaborations.”

UNEP FI Releases Report with Suggestions from Private Sector for Climate Change Negotiations
A coalition of the world’s foremost financial institutions brought together by the United Nations warns in a report against the huge financial and environmental losses that could stem from a post-Kyoto climate change deal that fails to spur private sector investment into deforestation and forest degradation reduction efforts.