As private-sector partnerships with the United Nations System have increased significantly in recent years, more than 60 representatives of the UN and its associated organizations met in Geneva on 26-27 May for a United Nations Private Sector Focal Points Meeting to discuss institutional challenges and assess strategies to enhance business and philanthropy for development.
The two-day event, hosted by the Global Compact and the UN System Staff College, was designed to offer UN staff working with business an opportunity to share recent experiences, identify and analyze innovative approaches, and to assess core competencies and learning needs in order to facilitate partnership capacity building and mainstreaming within the UN system.
Several working groups addressed operational aspects of partnerships, such as accountability mechanisms, country-level partnerships or resource mobilization. Specific attention was given to the massive private sector response to the Tsunami crisis and to new initiatives working towards the Millennium Development Goals in collaboration with the private sector.
Participants also provided input to the upcoming partnership report of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.