New Report by UN Secretary-General Highlights UN-Business Cooperation
New York, 5 November 2009
) – Underscoring the need for sustainable business practices and
broader private sector engagement in light of global challenges, the UN Secretary-General’s report
on Enhanced cooperation between the United Nations and all relevant partners, in particular the
private sector (
) was presented to UN
General Assembly’s Second Committee today.
Taking stock of current, system-wide efforts to enhance private-sector cooperation, the
report concludes that the UN is “well-positioned to bring private sector engagement to the next
level and significantly enhance its contribution to the goals of the Organization”.
While describing the revised Guidelines on Cooperation between the UN and the Business
Community (to be issued shortly), and the upcoming UN and Business website as “key milestones”, the
Secretary-General cautions that “efforts are needed to develop a more strategic and coherent
approach to partner selection and engagement, integrate small companies and those from low-income
countries, align global partnerships with country development agendas, build an enabling framework
for partnerships, build capacity of staff, enhance mechanisms to share best practices and improve
evaluation and impact assessment”.
The report further issues a strong call for the continued caretaking of the UN-business
relationship by the Global Compact Office. “Because of its extended network, understanding of
business interests and public-private structure, the Global Compact Office plays a central role in
facilitating and strengthening the United Nations partnership agenda at the system level,” the
The presentation was followed by several affirmative statements from representatives of UN
member states. Today’s presentation is expected to contribute to a General Assembly resolution
providing further support for the Global Compact’s mandate.
The report was developed in compliance with General Assembly Resolution A/RES/62/211,
requesting the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of the proposed
modalities for enhanced cooperation between the United Nations and all relevant partners.