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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Meets Spanish Network

(Madrid, 28 January 2009) - Today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended a lunch with Spanish Global Compact participants in celebration of this year’s fifth anniversary of the founding of the Global Compact Network Spain (ASEPAM). In his remarks, the Secretary-General applauded the Spanish Network for its achievements while at the same time highlighting critical challenges ahead.

The Secretary-General noted that Spanish businesses were among the first to embrace the Global Compact’s principles and have since established what is now the largest Global Compact Local Network, with more than 600 active participants.

Referring to the financial and economic crisis the Secretary-General stressed that the continued support of business is now needed more then ever, requiring that business help restore trust and confidence in markets by demonstrating a commitment to responsibility and accountability. He further highlighted that 2009 is the “Year of Climate Change”, calling on Spanish businesses to support the Global Compact's Caring for Climate platform and to exercise "true business statesmanship" to "convince governments that sealing a deal in Copenhagen -- a strong new global climate agreement -- is in everybody’s best interest, and makes good business sense”.

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First line: Juan de la Mota (Presidente de Red Española de Pacto Mundial de Naciones Unidas); United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; María del Pino (Presidenta de la Fundación Rafael del Pino); Diego del Alcázar (Presidente de Vocento); Second line: Luis Atienza (Presidente Red Eléctrica de España, S.A.U.); Antonio Llardén (Presidente Enagás); Aurelio Martínez Estévez (Presidente de ICO); Rafael Miranda (Consejero Delegado ENDESA); Third line: Baldomero Falcones (Presidente de FCC); Enrique Díaz Rato (Consejero Delegado Cintra); Pedro Guerrero (Presidente Bankinter); Fourth line: Javier Doz (Secretario Gral. de Internacional de CC.OO.), Amadeo Petitbò (Director Fundación Rafael del Pino), Carlos Álvarez Jiménez (Presidente de la Asociación Española de Fundaciones); Juan Manuel Suárez del Toro (Presidente de Cruz Roja).

More information is available from the Global Compact Network Spain


Nessa Whelan
Local Networks Coordinator
UN Global Compact