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Inaugural Workshop Held in Singapore


On 28 October, around fifty representatives from business and civil society gathered in Singapore for a Global Compact Workshop. The objective of the meeting was to inform and to listen to stakeholders, and to facilitate the establishment of a Global Compact Network Singapore in early 2005.
In his opening speech, HE Mr. Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, underlined the strong interest of the Singaporean Government and Business Community, to actively engage with the Global Compact.
Anton Stadler of the Global Compact Office delivered the keynote speech, informing participants about the current state of Global Compact Networks worldwide and emphasizing the special relevance of such a network for Singapore. Dr. Richard Leete, the Regional UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative based in Kuala Lumpur, took part in a panel discussion addressing questions and comments made by workshop participants.
Discussions were held with the National Tripartite Initiative on CSR (Singapore National Employers Federation SNEF, Singapore National Trade Union Congeress SNTUC, and Ministry of Labour) created in May this year. The Tripartite Initiative will reach out to the organizers of this workshop, to the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CCSR), to civil society and to several Singaporean universities, to establish a Global Compact Network Singapore.
Please contact Mr. Anton Stadler (stadler@un.org) for more information.

Please click here to access the remarks of Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore.