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Global Compact Network Launched in Namibia

(New York, 29 April 2008) – A Global Compact Local Network was launched in Windhoek, Namibia, on 23 April 2008. The launch, organized by Namibian Employers’ Federation, was attended by 50 corporate leaders, as well as senior officials from government, business associations and non-governmental organizations.

The keynote address was delivered by Prime Minister Nahas Angula. The Prime Minister emphasized that the objectives of the Global Compact match Namibian priorities, and that the Global Compact can contribute positively to the government’s objectives on sustainable private sector development. He also highlighted the important role of local Global Compact networks in making the initiative work in unique local contexts. Before closing, the Prime Minister asked Namibian companies – particularly in prominent industries such as mining, fishing and tourism – to join sign on to the Global Compact. The Prime Minister’s address was broadcast on national television and several radio stations in the country.

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Chief Executives attending the launch,
with Prime Minister Nahas Angula (first row in the middle).
Photo: GC Namibia

Mr. Tim Parkhouse, Secretary-General of the Namibian Employers’ Federation and focal point for the Global Compact Namibia Network stated that the network will focus on Global Compact Human Rights Principles 1 and 2, as well as Environment Principle 8 (“Businesses are asked to undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.”). Additionally, he announced a week-long workshop to train anti-corruption/ethics officers of member companies.

Other addresses were delivered by Mr. Mike Hill, Director of Human Resources & External Affairs of the Pupkewitz Group of Companies, Mr. Junus Mungunda, Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche Namibia, and Mr. van Rooyen, Head of Corporate Communication at Bank Windhoek.

The event was sponsored by the German Development service, the Pupkewitz Group and FBN Namibia.

Click here to download a report from the event.

Click here to read a summary of the speeches.

Click here to read news coverage from the event.

Contact:
 
Tobias Schiedermair
Global Compact Network Namibia
+264 61 244089
globalcompact@iway.na

Cecilie Hultmann
UN Global Compact Office
+1 917 367 5767
hultmann@un.org