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Report of the Secretary-General on UN-Business Collaboration Presented to the UN Second Committee

(New York, 8 November 2007) - The Report of the Secretary-General “Towards Global Partnerships” was presented today to the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (Economic and Financial Committee). The report outlines the progress made in the relationship between the United Nations and other stakeholders, in particular the private sector, and highlights the important role that the private sector can play in realizing the development objectives of the United Nations, particularly the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The report, presented by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the Global Compact, explores how the expertise, reach and resources of the private sector can be better harnessed to achieve UN goals. In particular, it outlines the steps taken by the UN to implement the wide-ranging recommendations from previous General-Assembly resolutions regarding the scale, effectiveness and accountability of UN-business partnerships.

Taking stock of current strategies and practices - specifically in the areas of capacity building and efforts to enhance the effectiveness of partnerships – “Towards Global Partnerships” presents concrete examples of how partnerships contributes to advance development goals. Moreover, the report stresses that voluntary collaboration between the UN and other stakeholders can only be complementary to government regulation and goals set by governments.

The presentation was followed by several affirmative statements from representatives of UN member states, including the G77, EU, Switzerland, China, Qatar, Thailand, Israel, and the Dominican Republic. The statements expressed support for the Global Compact, and called for measures to scale up partnerships while strengthening accountability.

Download the report “Towards Global Partnerships” here.


Matthias Stausberg