Today, Prof. John Ruggie, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Global Compact, and Georg Kell, Executive Head, Global Compact Office, sent to all participants and other Global Compact stakeholders their proposals for the future of the initiative. Input on the proposals, which are set out in two documents - a discussion paper and a note on integrity measures, will be accepted until 1 June 2005.
Both documents make specific proposals for changes and adjustments in the Global Compact's governance. Key elements, such as the ten principles or the Compact's mission and objectives, will remain unchanged, as will the open and voluntary multi-stakeholder nature of the initiative. The leadership model and the engagement mechanisms currently offered will also be retained. However, new emphasis will be given to the quality of those engagement mechanisms and there will be greater efforts to foster continuous quality improvement and protect the integrity of the initiative. To help achieve greater involvement in and ownership of the initiative by the participants themselves, a light multi-centric governance framework will be introduced that recognizes the increasingly important role of local networks.
Comments made by participants and other stakeholders of the initiative will be taken on board in preparing the report and recommendations for the Secretary-General in June-July 2005.