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Training Workshop on Principle Implementation and COP Preparation

(Barcelona, 29 September 2006) - On 28-29 September, the Barcelona Center for the Support of Global Compact Universal Forum of Cultures Foundation (Barcelona Center) hosted the first Global Compact Progress and Implementation Workshop immediately following the Global Compact Local Networks Forum. 
Attended by 22 participants from 15 countries, this workshop brought Global Compact Network focal points together with representatives from business, corporate citizenship organizations and UN agencies. The workshop was designed to provide the tools, knowledge and inspiration necessary for Local Network focal points to be effective mentors to other members of their networks. Training focused on enabling focal points to assist in participants efforts to internalize the ten principles, make an active contribution to UN development goals and prepare communications on progress (COPs).
Private sector representatives from Novartis, Danfoss and Telef√≥nica shared their companies comprehensive approaches and experiences implementing Global Compact principles and communicating on progress.  In addition, workshop coordinator Claude Fussler offered a framework for analysis based on the Global Compact performance model and Global Compact COP Manager Jeff Senne provided a detailed look at reporting on progress.
The workshop explored tough questions related to company motivations for enacting their commitment to the Global Compact; tensions between market forces, public policy and company values; stakeholder relations; and obstacles faced by SMEs.
The Barcelona Center will carry-out an evaluation of the workshops impact in the field.
For more information, please contact Jeff Senne (senne@un.org).