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Global Compact Learning Forum Convened in Brazil


From 9-11 December 2003, the Global Compact Office convened its third International Global Compact Learning Forum Meeting in Nova Lima, Brazil.  The meeting attracted approximately 240 participants from the Global Compact’s key stakeholder groups – business, labour, civil society, the UN and academia – as well as senior representatives from the Brazilian government.  From a qualitative standpoint – i.e., content, learning, dialogue, outcomes – the meeting built on and exceeded the achievements of the two previous international Learning Forum meetings (London 2001; Berlin 2002).  Among the most important outcomes:

  • The meeting solidified “The Global Compact Learning Forum” as a distinctive “brand”, recognized by international participants as a platform for sharing experiences on the implementation of the Global Compact’s principles.
  • Methodologies such as independently reviewed case studies are now well established tools to foster learning.
  • For the first time, participants – through more than 30 case studies – explored real dilemmas and challenges in implementing the principles, e.g. those related to human rights.
  • The meeting featured the full support of the host country, with the active involvement of key government officials – most notably Luiz Dulci, General Secretary of the Office of the Brazilian President – as well as top representatives from other sectors of Brazilian society.  Brazil as a country is now fully behind the Global Compact and companies such as Petrobras and Banco Brasil are now leading champions.

A full documentation of the meeting will be available soon on this website. Please contact Ellen Kallinowsky (kallinowsky@un.org) for more information.