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2008 World Business and Development Awards Launched 

(London, New York, Paris, 16 April 2008/UNDP) —The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) are pleased to open nominations for the 2008 World Business and Development Awards in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The awards recognize the contribution of the private sector to help achieve the MDGs through their core business.
 
The MDGs, endorsed by 189 countries, are eight goals that promote poverty reduction, education, maternal health, and gender equality, and aim to combat child mortality, HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
 
The UN has devoted 2008 to build a renewed momentum around achievement of the MDGs, including special attention for the role of business in development through an initiative known as the Business Call to Action. The World Business and Development Awards is one of the central events this year that will recognize the key contributions of the private sector to achieve the MDGs.
 
The deadline for nominations for the World Business and Development Awards is 30 May. Companies, institutions and associations of all types and sizes are invited to participate by nominating projects that document business activities leading to progress in achieving one or more of the MDGs. The winners will be announced on 24 September during a presentation ceremony in New York.
 
Introduced by ICC in 2000, the awards have become increasingly successful over the years. In 2004, UNDP and IBLF joined with ICC to organize the awards. The true spirit of the awards lies in the pursuit of productive and innovative business-driven solutions to sustainable development.
 
Award recipients receive worldwide recognition as leading examples of how business can contribute to the MDGs. They will be profiled in the publications and on the official websites of ICC, UNDP, and IBLF.
 
An International Judging Panel will be made up of representatives of the organizers and leaders from other non-governmental organizations, business entities, and international agencies, including: Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University; Oby Ezekwesili, Vice-President for Africa, World Bank and former Nigerian Minister of Education; Lisa Dreier, Director, Public-Private Partnerships, World Economic Forum; Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School; and Guy Sebban, Secretary General, ICC.
 
For more information about the awards, including eligibility criteria and nomination forms, please visit www.iccwbo.org/awards.
 
For further details and to arrange an interview, please contact:
 
Catherine Foster, ICC Communications
Tel: +33 1 49 53 28 22 Email: cfr@iccwbo.org
 
Sausan Ghosheh, UNDP Communications Office
Tel: +1 212 906 5390 Email: sausan.ghosheh@undp.org