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Governments and Global Compact Board Engage in Dialogue

(New York, 2 May 2008) - On 30 April, ambassadors and senior government officials from 15 countries in North and South met with members of the Global Compact Board to engage in a dialogue on the initiative. Governments represented included Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

The event, hosted by Vijay Nambiar, Chef de Cabinet to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, provided a platform to exchange key stakeholder perspectives on the value of the Global Compact. Government representatives proposed that the Global Compact play a greater role in important UN processes, such as the mid-term review of the Millennium Development Goals, slated for September 2008, as well as the upcoming UN Conference on Financing for Development. It was further proposed to hold meetings between board members and governments on a regular basis to carry forward their dialogue.    

Appointed and chaired by the Secretary-General, the Global Compact Board is composed of high-level representatives of business, civil society, organized labour, and employer groups. The Board forms a central part of the UN Global Compact's governance framework. Members meet twice a year to provide strategic advice for the initiative as a whole, and make recommendations to the UN Global Compact Office, participants and other stakeholders. The Board also plays a key role in overseeing progress on implementation of the Global Compact's integrity measures.

For more information about the Global Compact Board, click here.

For more information about the Global Compact’s governance framework, click here.


Ursula Wynhoven