13:30 - 14:00 Opening Plenary Session
14:00 – 15:30 Plenary Session: Insights from the Private Sector
The size, scale, and depth of UN and private sector partnerships has grown significantly over the last 20 years, largely due to the broad synergies between long-term corporate sustainability and the advancement of UN goals and issues. Increasingly business leaders indicate that in order to achieve growth, companies have to become more responsive to society’s expectations and balance competing global and local priorities (e.g. market development, product differentiation, development of a diverse workforce).
During this session representatives from the private sector will provide insight on key global trends that the UN should be aware of, offer a candid look at the experiences of the private sector in working with the UN and highlight key areas of opportunity for more strategic UN-Business engagement.
Moderator: Ms. Sophia Drewnowski, Senior Partnership Specialist, World Bank
15:45 - 17:30 Working Groups Session
How to Effectively Monitor & Evaluate a Partnership
Effective monitoring and evaluation processes meet the reporting needs of both the UN and private sector. Such frameworks track the impact of the partnership as well as the inputs and contributions of each partner. This session will explore the importance of monitoring and evaluation activities, including why it is critical to the success of a partnership.
The session will also consider how to monitor and evaluate key components of a partnership, including stakeholder composition, project design and implementation, etc. Several assessment tools will also be compared and evaluated.
Moderator: Mr. Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative, IBLF
How to Build Partnerships with the Extractive Industries
The management of extractive resources (oil, gas, minerals) is a major challenge and opportunity facing developing countries. When poorly managed, the exploitation of non-renewable natural resources can contribute to violent conflicts, degrade the environment, exacerbate inequality and poverty, displace communities, and undermine democratic governance. In contrast, a responsible private sector can help to create jobs and make significant contributions to peace, security and development. In light of this, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes are developing strategies on how to engage the extractive industries in partnerships that can have long lasting positive impact.
This session will explore the current trends of the extractive industries engagement in supporting development objectives. The key findings from several UN initiatives with the oil and extractive sector will also be explored. Speakers from the extractives sector will provide their views on the opportunities of and challenges to more effective engagement.
Moderator: Mr. Marcos Neto, Cluster Leader, Innovations and Development Alliances Cluster, UNDP
Innovative Partnerships to Further the Social Pillar of Sustainable Development
This session will showcase a number of public-private-partnerships that have a strong social dimension in their contribution to sustainable development, as described in the Rio+20 Outcome document “The Future We Want”. This session will look at the prerequisites of an effective public private partnership when addressing social issues and their contribution to long term socio-economic development.
The session will highlight opportunities and challenges through a number of different issue areas, such as gender equality, poverty reduction through decent work opportunities, social protection floors, education and vocational training, and migration.
Moderator: Mr. Craig Churchill, Team Leader, Social Finance Programme, ILO
17:30 - 18:15 Plenary Session: Reporting-back
One person from each working group will provide a brief overview of the key outcomes of the discussion.
8:30 – 8:50 Opening Remarks: Re-cap of Day 1 and introduction to the Global Compact Local Networks
8:50 – 9:00 Launch of “UN-Business Partnerships: A Handbook”
Mr. Wade Hoxtell, Head of Operations, Global Public Policy Institute
9:00-10:15 Plenary Session: Innovative Solutions and Partnerships for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
For corporate sustainability to go to scale and become a truly transformative force toward UN objectives, governments and international organizations need to establish global priorities and goals that resonate with business. The UN process currently underway to determine the “post-2015 development agenda” offers an historic opportunity to make significant headway engaging business, yet it also raises several questions. What role can and should the private sector play in the post-2015 development agenda? What issues should be at the core of this agenda? How can business be part of the solution?
This session will also highlight the key building blocks of a post-2015 business architecture, identify the key mechanisms that can catalyze private sector action and explore the ways in which Global Compact Local Networks can bring business collaboration to scale.
Moderator: Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
10:45 – 12:30 Working Group Session: Finding Synergies with Global Compact Local Networks
This working group session will feature a gallery walk in which all participants will be invited to freely circulate breakout rooms, by region, in order to meet Global Compact Local Network representatives and UN Private Sector Focal Points.
The purpose of this networking session is to increase awareness of local network activities amongst the UN system and private sector, highlight collaborative opportunities in which Global Compact Local Networks can be better leveraged to advance UN goals and issues and provide meaningful connections to the national companies in Global Compact Local Networks.
The regional breakdown will be as follows:
14:00 - 15:20 Plenary Session: Enhancing Collaboration with the UN, Global Compact Local Networks and the Private Sector
Global Compact Local Networks are performing increasingly important roles in rooting the Global Compact within different national, cultural and language contexts. A critical role of the Local Networks is facilitating company progress in implementing the 10 principles and creating opportunities for multi-stakeholder and collective action. Therefore, as over 80% of partnerships are conceived at the local level, what are the ways we can leverage Local Networks to create impactful partnerships that overcome key challenges: lack of awareness of potential partners; lack of thematic alignment between partners; and a lack of knowledge on the potential resources available to support partnerships.
This session will highlight, through illustrative examples at the country-level, the various ways in which UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, private sector companies and Global Compact Local Networks can work together to overcome key partnership challenges in support of UN goals.
Moderator: Ms. Melissa Powell, Head of Strategy and Partnerships, UN Global Compact
15:45 – 17:30 Working Group Session
Building Partnerships with National Companies – Opportunities and Challenges
Transformational partnerships leverage core competencies of all partners involved, and are designed for scale and sustained impact. At the local-level, partnerships with national companies can deliver transformative impact across sectors in a country, addressing both public and private objectives through changes in local policy, market structure, and/or social norms.
This session will profile several examples of country-level partnerships and explore opportunities, benefits and challenges of UN collaboration with national companies. Panelists will examine the partnership process and explore ways to leverage Global Compact Local Networks to find suitable national partners. The dialogue will also explore South-South (or triangular) cooperation, which utilizes a multi-stakeholder approach that includes a wide range of actors, such as private sector, governments, NGOs, and academia.
Moderator: Mr. Afsar Syed Mohammad, Senior Technical Specialist, ILO/AIDS
Country-level Approaches to Implementing Global Initiatives
The session will discuss how global public private partnerships which have been set up by the UN Secretary-General, including Every Woman, Every Child and Global Education First, as well as Global Compact issue platforms, including the CEO Water Mandate, can be expanded at the national level.
These initiatives have well defined global objectives and a commitment at the global level. However to make transformative change they need effective implementation mechanisms at national and regional levels where most of the action-oriented partnering activities take place. This session will discuss how to create such “bottom up” approaches through enabling policy, building capacity, raising awareness, investing in innovative pilot projects and measuring the impact of projects.
Moderator: Mr. Tomas Christiansen, Senior Advisor on Partnerships, UNOP/EOSG
How Corporate Responsibility Can Advance Sustainability
A distinctive asset of the UN is that it can be leveraged to encourage the private sector to adhere to basic UN principles and values, and motivate actions and partnerships that advance UN goals. Thus, the UN can leverage private sector engagement through the key values of “respect” and “support.” “Respect” means to do no harm and to abide by international minimum standards. “Support” defines the opportunities for action, collaboration and engagement.
This session will focus on the “Respect” space, and explore how the business community has successfully linked business strategy and core business with sustainability efforts. The session will showcase examples of how the UN and the private sector have effectively engaged beyond traditional philanthropic engagement, for example implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. The Global Compact Network China will also share an example of how they are supporting their participants to operate responsibly in high-risk/conflict-affected areas, aligned with their commitment to the ten principles of the Global Compact.
Partnerships to Facilitate Skills Development and Entrepreneurship
This session will explore examples of public-private partnerships as a valuable instrument to provide women and men, especially youth and those unemployed or under-employed with access to the skills that can enhance their opportunities to find a job or start their own business. It will also explore the specific role of the public and the private sector in this respect and discuss innovative approaches in addressing the mismatch between skills and available jobs and in providing entrepreneurship training and opportunities.
Moderator: Ms. Carolyn Hardy, Head of Private Sector Relations, UN Women
Engaging Private Sector Partners in Preparedness and Resilience Building
Strengthening the resilience of communities and households will decrease disaster losses and increase impact and cost effectiveness of humanitarian and development assistance. A shared commitment to resilience helps to prevent humanitarian crises, mitigate disaster impact and provide faster and more sustainable solutions to crises when they occur. Resilience is a concept that all relevant partners – including governments, humanitarian and development actors, donors, and the Private Sector – can use as an organizing framework for their joint efforts.
Strengthening resilience takes time and requires a comprehensive, multi-sectoral and coordinated approach. No single actor or sector can strengthen the long-term resilience of vulnerable households and communities by acting alone. National and international actors are already implementing and supporting activities that strengthen resilience. This session seeks to explore the question of how best to catalyze, foster and learn from joint ventures with the Private Sector in this areas.
Moderator: Ms. Helena Fraser, Chief, Private Sector Section and OIC Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch, OCHA
17:30 – 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 followed by closing keynote remarks.