(Paris, 2 June 2006) – More than 80 participants representing United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and business gathered at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 1-2 June for the annual conference of UN private sector focal points. The meeting entitled “Towards Impact, Scale and Local Ownership: New tools and Mechanisms for Effective Partnership Management” offered participants the opportunity to share experiences and build upon lessons learned in the context of evolving UN-business partnerships.
The focus of this fifth annual meeting was on
strengthening the effectiveness of UN partnerships with the private sector, and
improving the mechanisms to enhance communication, foster learning, advance
coordination and improve collaboration.
Two issues were particularly highlighted in the course of the two-day meeting:
Several concrete proposals were made in a number of areas, such as UN-business policies, procedures and guidelines, training and capacity building, information sharing, impact assessment, local country-level ownership and resource mobilization for partnerships.
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(Photo Credit: UNESCO/Michel