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Event Calendar 2008


First Alliance of Civilizations Annual Forum

1516 January 2008

Hosted by the Alliance of Civilizations, this high-level event will bring together political leaders, representatives of international and regional bodies, donor agencies, civil society groups and foundations to explore ways of addressing the growing polarization between nations and cultures worldwide and develop partnerships to promote cross-cultural understanding globally.

Download agenda and link to more information.

Contact: Manuel Escudero ( escuderom@un.org )

Africa's Industrial Drive:
The Private Sector and Corporate Citizenship

22 – 23 January 2008
Addis Ababa
Plenary Hall of the African Union Commission

Organized by the Commission of the African Union and the UN Global Compact. Topics to be discussed include: accelerating Africa's industrial development with corporate governance and corporate citizenship instruments such as the Global Compact; financing options for Africa's industrialization; promotion of regional partnerships; and the role of government in Africa's industrialization process.

Link to more information on the event, inclusing statements, declaration and media coverage

Contact: Mr. Kola Badejo, UN Global Compact, badejo@un.org , +1 917 367 9112 or Mr. Baboucarr Koma, African Union (Private Sector Development, Investment and Resource Mobilization), komab@africa-union.org , + 251 11 551 6106 .

Regional Meeting of Global Compact Network Focal Points: Africa

24 – 25 January 2008
Addis Ababa

Contact: Soren Petersen ( petersens@un.org )

PRME and Net Impact: Meeting of US - East Coast Student Leaders

25 January 2008
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Contact: Manuel Escudero ( escuderom@un.org ) or Jonas Haertle ( haertle@un.org ).  

Business Coalition: The United Nations Convention against Corruption as a New Market Force

30 January 2008

Jointly organized by the International Chamber of Commerce, Transparency International, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the UN Global Compact, this special private sector event takes place in the context of the Second Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption being held in Bali from 28 January to 1 February 2008. In this event, corporate leaders will discuss ways to redouble efforts to curb corruption and assess current anti-corruption principles vis-à-vis the fundamental values of the UN Convention against Corruption.

Link to more information on the Conference

Contact: Olajobi Makinwa (makinwa@un.org).


Raising the Bar: Leading Sustainable Business in 2008

20 February 2008

The Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility's (ACCSR) 2008 annual conference is being held in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact and is being hosted by Westpac. Leaders from business, government and civil society will explore big picture trends and issues affecting corporate responsibility and sustainability and the key factors required to lead sustainable business in 2008.

To view conference information, including the conference report, speeches and presentations, please visit:  www.accsr.com.au/html/conf2008.htm

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven ( wynhoven@un.org ).


Inaugural Conference of the CEO Water Mandate

5 March 2008
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Conference for endorsers of the CEO Water Mandate .

Contact: Gavin Power ( powerg@un.org ).

R.I.S.E. VIII (Redefining Investment Strategy Education)

27 – 29 March 2008
University of Dayton, Ohio

The UN Global Compact will co-sponsor the largest student investment conference R.I.S.E. VIII (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) at University of Dayton, Ohio. Last year’s conference attracted more than 1,700 participants from 218 colleges in 58 countries. The three day conference provides students and faculty with access to a variety of keynote panels, specialized breakout sessions and workshops, as well as an optional student-managed portfolio competition.

As part of the forum, the University of Dayton (USA) and Loyola Institute of Business Administration (India), in conjunction with R.I.S.E. VIII, are presenting “Mindful Leadership”, a national level competition for graduate and undergraduate students in India. The “Mindful Leadership” competition, based on the Global Compact’s principles, provides a platform for students to contribute meaningful ideas and initiatives to combat challenges faced in today’s business environment.

For more information and to register for the R.I.S.E. VIII Forum.
Learn more about the “Mindful Leadership” competition.

Contact: Jonas Haertle ( haertle@un.org ). 


2008 Global Council of Corporate Universities Forum

2 – 4 April 2008
Paris, Campus Veolia Environnement

Organized by The Global Council of Corporate Universities and supported by the UN Global Compact. The 2008 Global CCU Forum will be held on the theme: “Make your corporate university a lever of your Corporate Responsibility”. Internal educational structures such as corporate universities, leadership management centres or corporate business academies provide an ideal opportunity to spread awareness and understanding of the Global Compact's ten principles throughout companies. The Forum will enable corporate university professionals to anticipate and develop corporate responsibility issues through their Corporate University.

The Forum is designed for chief learning officers, corporate university directors, human resources directors, CSR or sustainable development officers, and committee executive members from companies around the world.

For more information: www.globalccu.com.

Contact: Annick@renaud-coulon.com or + 33 1 45 44 13 92.

4th Communication on Progress Workshop

3 – 4 April 2008

This annual Communication on Progress (COP) Workshop brings together companies, financial analysts, civil society representatives, media and consumer groups to discuss stakeholder expectations and how companies can best measure, evaluate and communicate on sustainability issues. Additionally, participants will address how the COP can continue to evolve as a tool for transparency and accountability.

Contact: Oliver Johner ( johner@un.org )

Global Compact Network Launch: Gulf Cooperation Council States

7 April 2008

The Official Launch of the Global Compact Local Network for the GCC States will take place on the 7 April, 10:30 am – 14:00 pm, at Dusit Dubai Hotel, Dubai/UAE.  This formal, high-profile event will gather approximately 250 international and regional participants representing business, regional governments and public-sector organizations, business associations, academia, civil society, international organizations (UNDP etc), the diplomatic community, and the Global Compact itself, aiming to give a strong voice to the Global Compact in the Gulf Region and to garner further support for the initiative.

Contact: Matthias Stausberg (stausberg @un.org )

Global Compact Network Launch: Russia

10 April 2008

The Global Compact Local Network in Russia will be launched in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Contact: Soren Petersen ( petersens@un.org )

Progress & Value Workshop: Beijing

17 – 18 April 2008 

Organized by the Barcelona Center for the Support of the Global Compact. The Progress and Value Workshop is designed to prepare participants as mentors in their own organizations and also in their local networks. The workshop will be attended by a mix of representatives from local networks, company participants and other organizations working to support the implementation of the ten principles.

Contact: Oliver Johner ( johner@un.org )

Global Business Summit for the Environment (B4E)

22 – 23 April 2008

Hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Compact. B4E – the Global Business Summit for the Environment – is an international conference focusing on business and the environment. Now in its second year, B4E 2008 will highlight the most urgent environmental challenges facing the world today and discuss business-driven solutions for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Important topics addressed will include: resource efficiencies, renewable energies, new business models and climate strategies. Delegates will learn best practices for identifying and managing the risks posed by climate change and uncover opportunities for developing competitive advantages.

Download the flyer or visit the B4E website.

Contact: Lila Karbassi ( karbassi@un.org ).

Global Compact Network Launch: Namibia

23 April 2008

Contact: Soren Petersen ( petersens@un.org )

US Network Conference: Business and Human Rights

28 April 2008
Harvard University, Boston

The Global Compact's US Network will convene its first meeting of 2008 on the topic of "Business and Human Rights", in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The meeting is timed to coincide with the Ceres annual conference also being held in Boston. The "Business and Human Rights" meeting will delve into areas such as: understanding business risks regarding human rights; developing a human rights policy for your organization; and monitoring and reporting progress. Presenters will include managers of companies at the forefront of these issues, as well as thought-leaders at non-profit organizations, the United Nations and Harvard University. Attendees will also participate in an interactive case study discussion about business and human rights, facilitated by a Harvard Business School professor.

The conference will feature two distinguished keynote speakers: Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and current Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, and Professor John Ruggie, Harvard University.   

Download the agenda.

Please RSVP to Ms. Rhetta Holdorf (rmh2@case.edu) by no later than 2 April.

Global Compact Human Rights Working Group Meeting

29 April 2008

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven ( wynhoven@un.org ).

JCI Conference of the Americas

30 April – 3 May 2008
Panama City, Panama

Meeting will feature, among other topics, the recently launched cooperation between Global Compact Local Networks and JCI National Organizations from the region.
Further information: http://www.jci-panama2008.com

Contact: Soren Petersen ( petersens@un.org )


Global Compact Board Meeting

1 May 2008
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven ( wynhoven@un.org )

The Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency
Sustainability Reporting Today: The Readers’ Verdict

7 – 9 May 2008

Featuring the GRI Readers’ Choice Awards, supported by the Global Compact.
For more information: www.amsterdamGRIconference.org

Contact: Oliver Johner ( johner@un.org )

JCI Conference of Africa & Middle East

14 – 17 May 2008
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Meeting will feature, among other topics, the recently launched cooperation between Global Compact Local Networks and JCI National Organizations from the region.
Further information: http://www.jci.cc/ouaga2008/

Contact: Soren Petersen ( petersens@un.org )

Regional Meeting of Global Compact Network Focal Points: Europe

28 – 29 May 2008

Contact: Nessa Whelan ( whelan@un.org )

Global Compact Network Launch: Greece

28 May 2008

Contact: Nessa Whelan ( whelan@un.org )

JCI Conference of Asia & Pacific

29 May – 1 June 2008
Busan, South Korea

Meeting will feature, among other topics, the recently launched cooperation between Global Compact Local Networks and JCI National Organizations from the region.
Further information: http://www.jci2008aspac.com

Contact: Soren Petersen ( petersens@un.org )

1st Meeting of the Global Compact Working Group on Labour Principles

30 May 2008
Geneva, ILO Building, Room VI

View the meeting agenda and more information about the working group.

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven ( wynhoven@un.org ).


JCI European Conference

4 – 8 June 2008
Turku, Finland

Meeting will feature, among other topics, the recently launched cooperation between Global Compact Local Networks and JCI National Organizations from the region.
Further information: http://www.jci-ec2008.com

Contact: Soren Petersen ( petersens@un.org )

3rd Meeting of the Global Compact 10th Principle Working Group

5 – 6 June 2008 

Contact: Olajobi Makinwa ( makinwa@un.org )

Changing Landscapes: Towards a Sustainable Economy in Asia

17 – 18 June 2008

Jointly hosted by the Principles for Responsible Investment, UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact, the conference’s objective is to facilitate the promotion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across the business activities of financial institutions, institutional investors and corporations. A joint conference on 17 June will provide a forum for discussion on current issues in the fields of sustainable finance, responsible investment and corporate citizenship that cut across all sectors.

For more information and to register: www.changinglandscapes.org

Contact: Sunok Lee ( lee21@un.org ).

Principles for Responsible Investment Annual Meeting:
PRI in Person

17 – 18 June 2008

The annual meeting of the Principles for Responsible Investment initiative is being held as part of the " Changing Landscapes: Towards a sustainable economy in Asia" conference (see above).  More information on PRI.

Contact: Jerome Tagger ( jerome.tagger@unpri.org ).

Regional Meeting of Global Compact Network Focal Points: Asia

17 – 18 June 2008

The regional meeting of Global Compact Local Network Focal Points in Asia is being held as part of the " Changing Landscapes: Towards a sustainable economy in Asia" conference (see above).

Contact: Nessa Whelan ( whelan@un.org )

Progress & Value Workshop: Delhi

23 – 24 June 2008

Organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the UN Global Compact Office and the Global Leadership Network.  The workshop is designed to apply to both large and small companies and aims to:

1.  Build the capacity of participants to implement the ten principles and contribute to the advancement of the United Nations’ broader development goals.
2.  Deepen the understanding of participants with regard to the value of assessing and sharing information on progress towards those goals.
3.  Provide practical guidance, including notable tools and resources, that can be used to assist a company in implementing the 10 principles and preparing a Global Compact Communication on Progress.

The expected outcome is a network of "mentors" with the skills, motivation and capacity to support Indian Global Compact participants in deepening their engagement in the initative.

Contact: Melissa Powell ( powell1@un.org )

Responsibility to the Future: Business, Peace, Sustainability

26 – 28 June 2008

Organized by Strategic Foresight Group and co-hosted by the UN Global Compact, the conference aims to bring together leading intellectuals and innovators of the world to understand emerging problems facing humanity, conceptualise response strategies, develop approaches to measure economic benefits of peace for companies, and construct mechanisms to engage business leaders in efforts to build sustainable peace. It is expected that the conference will launch practical collaborative problem-solving initiatives, identify an agenda for policy research and dialogue, and create a network of business leaders for sustainable global peace. 

Download more information and the conference agenda .

For further details on speaking, co-hosting and partnership opportunities, please contact: Ilmas Futehally, Executive Director, Strategic Foresight Group ( initiatives@vsnl.com or +91 22 26 31 82 60) or Melissa Powell, UN Global Compact Office ( powell1@un.org ).


Fourth ISBEE World Congress 2008

15 – 18 July 2008
Cape Town, South Africa

Hosted by the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa) and endorsed by the Global Compact. The  International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics (ISBEE) is the first  world-wide professional association to focus exclusively on the study of  business, economics, and ethics. The main theme of the 4th ISBEE World Congress  is: Global Fairness – Local Integrity.

For more information  and a call for papers, please visit the official website at  http://www.isbee.org

Global Compact Network Launch: Israel

16 July 2008 

The launch of the Global Compact in Israel is jointly organized by the Foreign Ministry of the State of Israel and Maala - Business for Social Responsibility.

Contact: Matthias Stausberg ( stausberg@un.org )

Junior Chamber International - UN Summit

28 – 29 July 2008
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Organized by Junior Chamber International and the Global Compact.

Contact: Matthias Stausberg ( stausberg@un.org )


CEO Water Mandate: Second Working Conference

21 – 22 August 2008

Meeting of CEO Water Mandate endorsers and stakeholders.

Contact: Gavin Power ( powerg@un.org ).

Global Compact Signing Ceremony: Malaysia

27 August 2008
Kuala Lumpur

Contact: Nessa Whelan ( whelan@un.org )


Regional Meeting of Global Compact Network Focal Points: Latin America and the Caribbean

3 – 4 September 2008
Bogota, Colombia

Contact: Jonas Haertle (haertle@un.org)


1 – 3 September 2008

COPENMIND is the global market place for the world’s leading universities to present their technical know-how to corporations in order to generate partnerships to solve major environmental problems. The event will be centered on 6 themes: air pollution and climate change; energy; agriculture and land; water; waste and recycling; and building technological partnerships. COPENMIND will feature (i) an exhibition where top universities display their latest research, (ii) a conference featuring leading academics and practitioners and (iii) forward-looking, solution-oriented sessions on major environmental challenges.

Contact: Anders Holst (akh@copenmind.com) or visit the COPENMIND website.

ILO Summer Academy on Sustainable Enterprise Development

15 – 26 September 2008
Turin, Italy

The ILO's Enterprise Departments and Turin Training Centre are jointly organising the first ILO Enterprise Academy . This 2-week programme provides participants with flexible access to the ILO's knowledge base, policies and tools on enterprise development. For more information, visit the event website .

Contact: Peter Tomlinson ( tomlinson@itcilo.org )

African Private Sector Initiative:
Strengthening African Private Sector Competitiveness in a Global Context

22 September 2008
UN Headquarters, New York
1400h – 1630h

Co-organized by the UN Global Compact, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Bank. The urgent need to improve the international competitiveness of African businesses will be the focus of a roundtable discussion moderated by CNBC news anchor Simon Hobbs.

Download agenda and press release.

Contact: Mr. Kola Badejo ( badejo@un.org , +1 917 367 9112 )

UN Private Sector Forum:
The Millennium Development Goals and Food Sustainability

24 September 2008
1200h – 1530h
UN Headquarters, New York

This first-ever UN Private Sector Forum, to be opened by the UN Secretary-General, will bring together approximately 100 chief executives, Heads of State and Government, civil society leaders, heads of foundations and heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes to identify and discuss action needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in the context of the longer-term response to the global food crisis. Co-organized by: United Nations Development Programme, OCHA (in its capacity as coordinator of the High-Level Task Force for the Global Food Crisis), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Office for Partnerships and the UN Global Compact. 

Contact: Melissa Powell ( powell1@un.org )

Global Investment Symposium: Pathways to Prosperity

24 September 2008
New York, Harvard Club

Hosted by the International Economic Alliance, in partnership with the Global Compact, U.S. Department of State, IFC-World Bank, the Financial Services Forum, and NYSE-Euronext.

Dowload the agenda. For more information: http://newyork.iealliance.org/

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven ( wynhoven@un.org


UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting

2 – 3 October 2008

Co-hosted by the United Nations Global Compact Office, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships. This meeting will bring together UN staff from HQ and from the field, working with the private sector in various capacities. It will also include a number of senior private sector, civil society and bilateral aid agency representatives and other partnership experts. We will continue to pursue the key themes that have arisen in the past, with a focus on projects and initiatives that address system-wide challenges and create opportunities for inter-agency collaboration - in the spirit of UN Reform.

Contact: Melissa Powell ( powell1@un.org ).

Third International CSR Conference:
Corporate Responsibility and Governance

8 – 10 October 2008

Organized by the Institute of Management of the Humboldt University Berlin, in cooperation with the Global Compact. The conference topics will cover a wide range of CR issues, with a  focus on "Corporate Responsibility and Governance" - the mechanisms, institutions, rules and regulations with which different actors (e.g. governments, companies, NGOs, civil society) discuss and decide on global issues. Keynote speakers include among others: Prof. Michael Spence, Nobel Prize winner in economics; Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, and Prof. Dr. Mark Pieth, Chairman of the OECD Working Group on Bribery. 

Further information is available at http://www.cr08-berlin.de/

Contact: Matthias Stausberg (stausberg@un.org )

First General Meeting of Caring for Climate Signatories

20 – 21 October 2008
UN Headquarters, Geneva

The Global Compact and partners will convene an international meeting of Caring for Climate signatories to take stock of progress to reduce emissions, review the priorities, address challenges and identify opportunities. More specifically, the meeting will: i) constitute a learning forum to discuss strategies; ii) showcase innovative best and emerging practices; and iii) provide a platform to analyze actions undertaken by various sectors. The first version of a report on the effrots of Caring for Climate Signatories will be released during the event.

Learn more about Caring for Climate and how to endorse this environmental leadership initiative.

Contact: Lila Karbassi ( karbassi@un.org ).

VI Annual Local Networks Forum

21 – 22 October 2008

Annual meeting of Global Compact Local Networks from around the world to exchange experiences and practices. This annual meeting also provides the opportunity to seek the input of Local Networks on key governance issues relating to networks and the broader Global Compact initiative.

Link to the forum website.

Contact: Soren Petersen ( petersens@un.org )

Global Compact Human Rights Working Group Meeting

22 October 2008

The next meeting of the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group will take place in conjunction with the Annual Local Networks Forum.  

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven ( wynhoven@un.org ).

13th International Anti-Corruption Conference

30 October - 2 November 2008 
Athens, Greece

Transparency International's 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference will gather leading experts on sustainability, governance, and transparency to discuss how countering corruption and enhancing good governance contributes to sustainable development. Special private sector workshops will focus on promoting good corporate governance and transparency in business, effective anti-corruption programmes and risk mitigation strategies that contribute to companies’ sustainability efforts.

Confirmed plenary speakers include : H.E. Kostas Karamanlis, the Prime Minister of Greece; Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission; Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Peter Eigen, Founder, Transparency International and Chair, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI); Jermyn Brooks, Director Private Sector Programmes Transparency International & former Chairman, Combined US and European Operations, Price Waterhouse; Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International; Sophia Tickell, Chairperson, Board of Directors, SustainAbility; and Mo Ibrahim, Founder of Celtel and President of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

The Global Compact is a supporting partner of the event.

For more information about the event click here. 

Contact: Olajobi Makinwa ( makinwa@un.org ).


Launch of the UN Global Compact Network Sudan

1 December 2008
Khartoum, Sudan

This event will bring together senior representatives of business, the United Nations, Government and other national and international organizations to explore how companies can work to implement the ten principles and advance corporate social responsibility in Sudan. The event will also facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships aligned with the priority needs of the country and launch a Global Compact Local Network in Sudan.
All Global Compact participants with operations in Sudan are invited to participate.

Contact: Ms. Melissa Powell ( powell1@un.org )

Global Forum for Responsible Management Education

4 – 5 December 2008
New York

The Global Forum for Responsible Management Education will be the first conference of its kind to be held at the UN in New York, bringing together the leadership of top-ranked business schools, company executives and UN representatives to discuss and showcase good practices in responsible management education and research.

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is the first organized relationship between the United Nations and business schools. To date, over 120 business schools and management-related academic institutions from around the world have adopted PRME.

Link to the forum website for more information and registration.

Contact: Manuel Escudero (escuderom@un.org) or Jonas Haertle (haertle@un.org).

International Seminar on Business and Human Rights

4 – 5 December 2008

This seminar will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and provides an opportunity to review global progress on this issue over recent years and chart the developments ahead. The event will bring together business, political, civil society and trade union leaders, as well as diverse learning from around the world. The Seminar will be chaired by Mary Robinson, Chair of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

For more information on the event: www.anniversaryseminar.org

Early expressions of interest can be made to Charis Desinioti (cd@anniversaryseminar.org). 

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven ( wynhoven@un.org ).


The Labour Dimension of Corporate Social Responsibility: From Principles to Practice

10 – 12 December
Turin, Italy

This three-day course is designed to provide participants with an overall understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility as well as with valuable guidelines in addressing CSR-related labour and employment issues at the workplace. To this purpose, the ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (ILO MNE Declaration) will be unpacked as the main point of reference and foundation for good CSR policies and practices.

The course is designed for ILO constituents and professionals involved with CSR and labour practices issues, such as project managers, executives and technical experts from enterprises of all sectors and sizes,  workers’ and employers’ organizations and governments.

For more information click here.

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven (wynhoven@un.org)

Confederation of Indian Industry's 3nd Annual Sustainability Summit

11 – 12 December 2008
Delhi, India

Contact: Melissa Powell ( powell1@un.org ).

Second Meeting of the Global Compact Labour Working Group

16 December 2008
UN Headquarters, New York

The second meeting of the Global Compact Labour Working Group will convene at the UN Headquarters in New York on the morning of December 16. Download the Meeting Agenda or the Summary Report from the first Labour Working Group meeting.

Contact: Ursula Wynhoven ( wynhoven@un.org ).

Event Calendars of Global Compact Core Agencies (where available):


(Last updated 4 December 2008)