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Global Compact Launches in Sénégal and Cote d’Ivoire

(New York, 14 September 2007) – Two Global Compact networks were launched this week in the west-African countries of Sénégal and Cote d’Ivoire. Both launch events were attended by high-level representatives from international and national business and civil society, as well as by government ministers and representatives of UN Agencies.

The launch of the local network in Sénégal took place on 7 September at the Méridien President in Dakar, with approximately 100 people in attendance. The network was officially launched by the Minister of Justice, Cheik Tidiane Sy. In his keynote address, Mr. Sy stated: "The government is prepared to support this initiative that will enable the promotion of the universal principles necesary for good practices in the private sector".

Among the keynote speakers were Fatou Danielle Diagne, Minister of Competition and Good Governance followed by the President of the Conseil National du Patronat (CNP), Baïdy Agne; Director of United Nations Office in West-Africa (UNOWA), Mr. Bassole; the Focal Point for the Global Compact in Senegal, Katy Tall Sarré. A message was also delivered from Georg Kell, Executive Director of the Global Compact.

Said Ms. Diagne: "It is good to note that the objectives and activities of the department of good governance in Sénégal is in synergy with the United Nations Global Compact principles".

The event was organized by the Executive Committee for the Global Compact in Sénégal.



The launch ceremony in Cote d'Ivoire. From left: Kola Badejo, UN Global Compact Office; Georg Charpentier, Resident Coordinator UN Cote d'Ivoire; Guy M'Bengue, President of the Executive Committee of the Global Compact Cote d'Ivoire; H.E. Bakayoko Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs - CI; Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Dogoh Madou Franck; and President of the Ethical Committee of CGE-CI, Ange Koffy.

On 11 September, more than 150 representatives from the private sector, government and civil society gathered at Hotel Sofitel in Abidjan for the launch of the Global Compact in Cote d’Ivoire.

The Global Compact was officially launched by the Foreign Minister H. E. Bakayoko Youssouf, who congratulated the organizers and the participants of the local network and thanked the United Nations on behalf of the government of Cote d’Ivoire.

Keynote speeches were delivered by Guy M’Bengue, President of the Executive Committee of Global Compact Cote d’Ivoire; Ange Koffy, President of the Ethical Committee of CGECI (Confédération générale des enterprises de Cote d’Ivoire); Kola Badejo, Senior Advisor in the Global Compact Office, and by the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Cote d’Ivoire, Georg Charpentier. The launch was preceded by a roundtable on “The Challenges of the Global Compact: Sustainable Development and the Private Sector in Cote d’Ivoire”, with local participants of the Global Compact.

The event was organized by the steering committee of the Global Compact, and funded by the founding members of the Global Compact in the country with the special support of the UNDP.


Kola Badejo
Senior Advisor on Africa