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Meeting Explores Partnership Opportunities in Post-conflict Societies

(New York – 17 May 2006) A one-day forum on public-private partnerships in post-conflict societies was held today in Khartoum, Sudan. A broad range of stakeholders participated in the meeting to discuss the role of multi-sectoral partnerships in countries emerging from conflict. Among the outcomes of the meeting was the decision to explore the possibility to establish a new Global Compact local network in Sudan.

More than 40 people took part in the forum, organized by the United Nations Development Programme and Ahfad University for Women in Khartoum. Among the attendants were representatives of the Sudanese government, leading businessmen from local and international companies, United Nations officials and civil society organisations present in the country.

On top of the agenda were discussions of how partnerships between public and private actors can support Sudan and its people as it emerges from conflict. Additionally issues that were emphasised were the need to strengthen governance structures, human rights and business practices – in Sudan and other parts of Africa.

The participants agreed to follow-up by establishing a working group to oversee the introduction of a local network of the UN Global Compact in Sudan.

Download the outcome document from the meeting.

"Eyes wide open”: human rights and justifying business engagement.  Reflections on the importance of the Khartoum meeting of 17 May 2006,
An Article by John Morrison, Programme Director for the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights