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PPP Summit Highlights Role of Global Compact Principles in Partnerships

(Ankara, 15 September 2006) — International organizations, leading representatives of the public sector, national and foreign investors and financiers met in Ankara, Turkey on 15-16 September 2006 for the “International Public-Private Partnerships Summit” to share their experiences on sustainable development in the area of public-private sector partnerships, and discussed the ways of developing new cooperations. The Summit was organized within the context the Global Compact and its ten universal principles.

The Summit was organized by Corporate Social Responsibility Association in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and UK Trade & Investment, and supported by related ministries and governmental institutions of Turkey. In attendance were many representatives from Turkish private sector companies that have declared their commitment to the 10 principles of the Global Compact.

In his opening address, UNDP Turkey Resident Representative Mahmood Ayub stressed the role of the private sector in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and in fulfilling the Global Compact principles.

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Global Compact, Prof. Dr. Klaus M. Leisinger was among the Summit’s keynote speakers. Leisinger stressed that the Global Compact’s principles can serve as a solid foundation for partnerships and that partnerships between business, civil society and government can be most productive when driven by universal values.

For more information, please contact Hansin Dogan, UNDP Turkey (hansin.dogan@undp.org).