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United Nations System
Private Sector Focal Points Meeting 2008

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Friday, 3 October

9:00 - 9:15 Re-Cap of Day 1 & Overview of Day 2
  • Ms. Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard University, and International Business Leaders Forum
9:30 - 10:30 Plenary Session (perspectives from the business community)
  Business Representatives will share their motivations with regard to UN-business collaboration and provide their perspectives on the benefits and results that such partnerships can achieve. Speakers will highlight the keys to success and reflect on challenges, lessons learned and areas for improvement. The objective of this session is to generate a candid discussion among participants with a view to developing recommendations that will enable the UN to improve its relationships with business and in so doing enhance the development impact of UN-business partnerships.

  • Ms. Lesli Creedon, Executive Director, Partnership Development, UN Foundation
  • Mr. Richard Dion, Policy and External Relations Advisor, Shell 
  • Mr. Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President, Becton Dickenson
  • Ms. Marianne Barner, Head of the IKEA Social Initiative, IKEA
  • Ms. Marti van Liere, Senior Partnership Development Manager, Unilever
10:45 - 12:15  Working Groups Session #2:  Capacity Building: “Overcoming the Challenges of Partnerships”
  Participants will choose to participate in one of the following parallel working group sessions:

A. Enhancing UN Communication Platforms: the New UN-Business Website & UN-Business Private Sector Focal Point Newsletter

With a focus on the new UN-business website platform (to be launched in early 2009) and the UN-Business Focal Point E-Newsletter (an important System-wide communications platform since 2006), participants will explore the following questions:
  • How can we foster greater information-sharing and learning across the UN?  
  • How can we improve the Organization’s communications with the private sector?  
  • How can we launch and market the new UN-business website platform?
  • Ms. Christelle Loupforest, Donor and External Relations Section, OCHA
  • Ms. Sally Begbie, International President, Global Hand (New UN-business website)
  • Mr. Wade Hoxtell, ResNewsletter)
B. The UN Global Compact

The Global Compact Office encourages all UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes to use the Compact and its 10 universal principles as a platform for engagement with the private sector. The Compact’s network of over 5,000 participants from over 120 countries is uniquely positioned to serve as an entry point for business to engage in the work of the Organization. The Compact’s 10 principles are universal values firmly embedded in the UN’s mission and objectives - providing both a strong moral compass and a practical framework for action.

This session will provide an overview of the Global Compact, the value of the Compact as a platform for working with the private sector and an exploration of the range of opportunities for UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes to work more closely with the Global Compact Office.

  • Ms. Melissa Powell, Project Manager, UN Global Compact Office
  • Mr. Giovanni Gallo, Crime Prevention Expert, Corruption and Economic Crime Section, Division for Treaty Affairs, UNODC
  • Ms. Karolina Mzyk, Programme Officer, Private Sector Division, UNDP
  • Ms. Elena Panova, Private Sector Officer, UN Ukraine
C. Creating an Enabling Environment for Partnerships within your Organization

In this session participants will explore the following questions:
  • What processes have proven effective for developing and securing senior-level buy- in for a strategy to engage the private sector as a partner?
  • How was an enabling environment created? What are the key elements of a successful strategy?
  • How have UN-business partnership strategies and approaches evolved recently to more effectively respond to the present realities and needs of both parties?
  • Mr. Willam Kennedy, Senior Programme Officer, UN Office for Partnerships
  • Ms. Hiba Frankoul, International and Corporate Alliances Specialist, UNICEF
  • Ms. Donna Keher, Chief, Partnerships and Communications Group, UNV
  • Mr. Mario Fetz, Director, Private Donor Relations, WFP
D. The importance of branding in advancing the development agenda

In this session participants will examine examples of how branding and building brand value can successfully contribute to advocating issues, raising awareness and support Resource Moblization.

  • Mr. Giuseppe Fusco, Deputy Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF
  • Mr. David Evans, Manager, Private Sector Resource Mobilization, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “Red Campaign”
  • Ms. Michelle Siegel (presentation available upon request), Brand Specialist, UNICEF “The UNICEF Brand, the strategy and its applications”
  • Ms. Lesli Creedon, Executive Director, Partnership Development, UN Foundation "Nothing but Nets" Campaign
12:15 - 13:00
Concluding Plenary Session: Priorities and Next Steps
  • Ms. Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard University, and International Business Leaders Forum
Ms. Jane Nelson will also provide a brief overview of key partnership trends and her vision of how the partnership agenda is evolving.
  • Closing Remarks by Lead Organizers