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Global Compact Launched in Greece

(Athens, 28 May 2008) - The Global Compact was launched in Greece today, in a ceremony in Athens attended by dozens of representatives of Greek business, civil society, government and the United Nations. Keynote speeches were delivered by Giorgios Alogoskoufis, Greek Minster of Economy and Finance, and by Alexia Evert, the Deputy Mayor of Athens.

During the event, the chief executives of more than 50 Greek companies presented letters of participation to Soren Petersen, Head of Local Networks and Partnerships in the Global Compact Office, expressing their commitment to make the Global Compact's ten principles part of business strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations.

Guiseppe Belsito, Manager of the UNDP Programme Management Office in Athens, described the participation of Greek business in the Global Compact as an expression of the country's commitment to the United Nations' humanitarian and development principles.

Nikos Analytis, President of the Hellenic Network for Corporate Social Responsibility, stressed the the active and successful collaboration between his organization and the United Nations and outlined the business benefits of participation in the Global Compact. He also highlighted the importance of the new Global Compact Network Hellas for the Greek Private Sector.

More information on the launch of the Global Compact in Greece will be available shortly.

Contact

Dimitris Papadopoulos
Hellenic Network for Corporate Social Responsibility
+30-210-3387422
diktio@csrhellas.gr

George Petridis
United Nations Development Programme (PMO Athens)
+30-210-7701661
george.petrides@undp.org