BEI participates in the Global Compact Networks Focal Points Meeting Asia in Bangkok

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Event Name : Recent Events

Date : 7 June, 2006-8 June, 2006

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Ms. Sherina Tabassum, Media and Communications Coordinator, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) represented BEI as the focal point of the local network in the Global Compact Networks Focal Points Meeting Asia held from June 07 – June 08, 2006. The meeting took place at the UN Conference Centre of UNESCAP in Bangkok.

Representatives and focal points of eleven Global Compact Networks in Asia met for the first time and exchanged views, visions and practices between national focal points and other representatives. Potential regional cooperation and joint projects between networks were discussed. Through this meeting, the bonds of mutual trust and shared values between Local Networks and the Global Compact Office have been strengthened, and the vision and mission of the Global Compact has been more deeply shared.

Major ideas, challenges and outputs that came out of the meeting include:

  • The Global Compact needs to adapt its message and its “products“ to regional and national circumstances.
  • Participation of MNC subsidiaries and SMEs in national networks has to be strengthened.
  • The capacity of national GC networks and thus the participation of participants at the local level need to be further strengthened through development of tools on implementation, training on content, concrete activities for collective action and incentive mechanism.
  • The link between the Global Compact and the MDGs has to be better defined.

Strategic partnerships both on the global as well as on the local level need to be established in order to support the development of sound sustainable networks. Financial resources will need to be provided in the second phase of network development.

The “Global Compact Asia” has been established at this meeting to support regional coordination and concrete joint regional follow up activities have been defined.

The United Nations Global Compact is a voluntary international initiative to invite the business leaders to join the UN agencies, labour and civil society to support universal environmental and social principles.• The Global Compact was proposed by United Nation Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his address to the World Economic Forum on 31 January 1999. The Global Compact’s operational phase was launched at UN Headquarters in New York on 26 July 2000. To learn more about the UN Global Compact, please log on to www.unglobalcompact.org.

For further information please contact Ms. Sherina Tabassum, Media and Communications Coordinator at tabassum@bei-bd.org.

Participants of the Global Compact Networks Focal Points Meeting Asia in Bangkok included representatives from the Global Compact Office, UNESCAP and the local networks in Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Posted Date : 4 March, 2012

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