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2010 United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals

Date/Time & Location

General Assembly Lobby, UN Headquarters, 22 September, 2010 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Organizers

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Labour Organization (ILO), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Foundation (UNF), United Nations Global Compact Office (GCO), United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP).

Description

Chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Private Sector Forum will convene approximately 300 Heads of State and Government, chief executives, heads of UN Agencies and civil society organizations during the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

During the thematic discussions, participants will explore how to advance business solutions on the following themes: i) poverty and hunger (ii) maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS (iii) access to education through innovative ICT (iv) innovations for financial inclusion (v) empowering women and achieving equality (vi) green economy.

Objectives

The 2010 UN Private Sector Forum aims to:
identify effective ways and means to accelerate progress towards reaching the MDGs by 2015 and to stimulate action towards this target;
identify concrete actions the private sector can take (individually and in collaboration with the public sector) to help close implementation gaps over the next five years;
provide a platform for the business community to share actions they have taken towards the achievement of the MDGs, communicate recommendations to governments and announce new partnerships between business and the UN in support of the MDGs; and
highlight ways in which governments can facilitate further business engagement for development.

Format

The Forum seeks to maximize interaction between participants. All attendees will be seated at tables of 10 leaders from business, civil society, government and the UN. Following the opening address by the Secretary-General, remarks by the two government sponsors of the event and the luncheon keynote, participants will engage in thematic discussions on one of the following areas: (i) poverty and hunger; (ii) maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS; (iii) access to education through innovative ICT; (iv) innovations for financial inclusion; (v) empowering women and achieving equality; and (vi) green economy.

Expected number of participants

300

Open for Media

By Invitation

Contact Information

Melissa Powell
Phone: 212-963-0566
E-mail: powell1@un.org

Comments/Remarks

Media: The plenary segments of the Forum will be open to a limited number of UN-accredited journalists. The press will not be present during thematic discussions. Due to security precautions, there will not be any media interaction in the room. The Global Compact Office has secured nearby space for bilateral interviews during specific time windows and can support their facilitation. For further details and to indicate availability for interviews, please contact Global Compact Spokesperson Matthias Stausberg (stausberg@un.org; +1-917-367-3423).


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