(New York, 8 January 2008) – United Nations Global Compact events held in December 2008 in Jamaica, Uganda and Albania laid important groundwork for the establishment of a Global Compact Local Network in the countries. Currently there are 68 established Local Networks around the world, with an additional 19 networks under development.
In Jamaica, a luncheon meeting was organized by UNDP on 10 December to discuss the establishment of a Local Network within the next year. Approximately 60 participants from business, civil society and UN agencies attended, including a representative from the UN Global Compact Office.
In Uganda, the UN Global Compact was introduced at the “Building Partnerships for Development: The Role of Companies and Foundations” conference on 12 December in Kampala. The event was organized by the Global Public Policy Institute, the Federation of Uganda Employers and the Uganda Investment Authority in collaboration with MTN Uganda Ltd., USAID, the German Development Service and the UN Global Compact Office.
In Albania, 40 Albanian companies, as well as representatives from government and the United Nations, gathered at a UN Global Compact awareness-raising meeting on 16 December. Discussions focused on promoting employment and environmental issues through the principles of the UN Global Compact. Interest is growing in Albania, with 35 companies and other organizations signed on to the initiative. The event was organized by the United Nations in Albania and the UN Global Compact Office in New York in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy.
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