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Belgium Launches Global Compact Network

(Brussels, 15 June 2006) - A Global Compact local network was launched today in Belgium. The launch event, convened by InBev and Edelman Brussels, drew representatives from a large variety of industry sectors. Among the fifty attendees were twenty-five local and foreign companies, several civil society organizations including Amnesty International, business associations, the Belgian Government and the European Commission.
Michel Lastschenko of the Belgian Development Cooperation stressed the importance of public-private partnerships stating that  ''the private sector can and must play a more dynamic role in the world, specifically in countries still affected by extreme poverty and the other plagues that it causes".
 
Another meeting will follow with network participants to discuss the organization of the local chapter, as well as its engagement with other Global Compact networks in the region.

Download the list of participants here.

Please contact Lila Karbassi (karbassi@un.org) for more information.

(Last update 16 June 2006)