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Private Sector Focal Points Meeting 2010

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Tuesday, 13 April

9:00 - 9:15 Opening Plenary Session and Introductory Remarks
  • Ms. Alette van Leur, Director, Partnerships & Development Cooperation, ILO
  • Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Office
  • Mr. Simon Zadek, Meeting Facilitator and Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for Government & Business, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
9:15 - 10:45 Plenary Session: Leveraging the Business Contribution to Development and the MDGs
  During 2010, the world will undertake an extensive review of progress against the MDGs and will make an effort to accelerate achievement of the Goals. The session will focus on the efforts undertaken by the private sector so far and will discuss pro-active approaches for the achievement of the MDGs. It will include a presentation of the preliminary findings of a Cap Gemini study on UN – business partnerships for the MDGs that will be launched at the GC Leader’s Summit in June. Presentations by corporate representatives of promising initiatives (both philanthropic and core business) towards the achievement of MDGs will be included.

  • Mr. Casper Sonesson, Deputy Director, Private Sector Division, UNDP
Lead Discussants:
  • Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, DESA
  • Ms. Christina-Anne Kyösti, Vice President, Capgemini Consulting
  • Ms. Nada Dugas, Associate Director of External Relations, Procter & Gamble
  • Mr. Chris Burgess, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Vodafone Group Services Ltd.
11:00 - 12:30  
Plenary Session:  Partnering with the private sector to respond to humanitarian crises – lessons learned from Haiti

The enthusiasm and commitment from the private sector during the Haiti Earthquake response was extraordinarily valuable.  However, we must move beyond one-off disaster response to partnerships that are more systematic and scaleable, and address the full range of needs of affected populations from preparedness, response to reconstruction and recovery.  What are the lessons learned and how can the UN better leverage the skills, resources and capacity of the private sector?


  • Mr. Philip O’Brien, Director, Private Fundraising & Partnerships, UNICEF
Lead Discussants:
13:30 - 13:50 Keynote Remarks: “Coke, Obama & UN Business Partnerships...    What do they have in common?”
13:50 - 15:20 Plenary Session: Enhancing UN-Business Relationships

This session will provide business representatives (with significant experience in working in partnership with the UN) with an opportunity to offer a candid critique of their partnership relations. What are the expectations of the private sector when it comes to partnership with the UN?  What has the private sector learned from their positive and negative partnership experiences?  The objective of this session is to provide lessons learned and concrete recommendations that will enable the UN to improve its relationships with business.


  • Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Office

Lead Discussants:

  • Mr. Afzaal, Malik, Vice President, International Government Relations, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Mr. Ismail Jaroudi, CEO, MTN Syria
  • Ms. Raquel Gonzalez, General Office Director,  International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Ms. Patricia Plasencia, Marketing Manager, Futbal Club Barcelona
15:45 - 17:15 
Working Groups Sessions

Participants selected one of the following three working groups:

Partnership Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Evaluation

As the partnership agenda evolves, there is an increasing recognition that traditional programme assessment and evaluation methodologies do not adequately respond to the needs of evaluating the transformative potential of partnerships or their effectiveness as a tool in achieving the desired outcome. In this session we will explore a range of elements that can help us enhance our partnership outcomes including the development of key performance indicators, the application of partnership exit strategies and review of our experiences with available tools and methodologies including the partnership assessment tool.

Moderator:  Ms. Nichole Brown, Chief of Corporate Foundations and Fundraising, Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division, UNICEF

Lead Discussant:

Delivering as One UN with the Private Sector at the Country-Level

The session is intended to provide an opportunity to share views and discuss how the UN can better collaborate at the country-level in the spirit of “Delivering as One”. Could Global Compact Local Networks serve as an entry point for the private sector to partner with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes at country level?  Is the UN Country Team viewed as an entry point to UN System by the private sector? UN Resident Coordinators and GC networks representatives will share experience and dilemmas in working together on the ground.

Moderator: Mr. Casper Sonesson, Deputy Director, Private Sector Division, UNDP

Lead Discussants:

  • Mr. Aeneas Chuma, Resident Coordinator, Kenya
  • Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Resident Coordinator, Syria
  • Mr. Ismail Jaroudi, CEO, MTN Syria

Improving Humanitarian Response

Business can be a critical partner in addressing global humanitarian challenges, and not just as a kind of “global ATM” machine.  The 2004 tsunami was a pivotal moment in the evolution of that partnership. The private sector reacted swiftly and massively during the tsunami, not only with cash, but through the contribution of expertise, products, and personnel. How can the private sector play a key role in mobilizing attention and resources to meet the dramatic rise in humanitarian needs? How can we harness the innovation that the private sector can bring to our work? How can we enable the private sector to find ways to work together more effectively in a way that is scaleable, so that our combined impact is greater in meeting the needs of the affected communities – both before and when a natural disaster occurs? 

Moderator: Mr. Mark Cutts, Senior Humanitarian Coordinator, OCHA

Lead Discussants:

  • Mr. Jan-Erik Kjaer, Senior Vice President, EMC
  • Ms. Olaug Bergseth, Responsible for Corporate Sector Relations and Partnerships, IFRC
17:15 - 18:00  
Reporting-back and Concluding Plenary Session

One person from each working group will provide a brief overview of the key outcomes of the discussion. 

  • Closing Remarks by Mr. Simon Zadek, Meeting Facilitator
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