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Conference on “Peace through Commerce” Convenes at Notre Dame University

(South Bend/Indiana, 13 November 2006/gco) – Academic experts, corporate executives, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government policy makers from around the world are meeting at Notre Dame University in South Bend/Indiana on 12-14 November for a conference titled “Peace Through Commerce: Partnerships as the New Paradigm:, to examine how, through commerce, businesses and NGOs can advance initiatives for peace.

The three-day peace conference opened with a message from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, delivered by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Office. In his message, the Secretary-General underlined the importance of partnerships, stressing that “innovative partnerships with the private sector are helping to solve many of the world’s most pressing problems including poverty, hunger, water supply and HIV/AIDS.” 

The opening keynote of the conference was delivered by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of Anglo-American and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Global Compact.

“Peace Through Commerce” is sponsored by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the United Nations Global Compact, the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business and Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Download the Secretary-General’s message.

For more information visit the official Peace Through Commerce website.


Matthias Stausberg
UN Global Compact Office