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UN Development Group Post-2015 Europe and Central Asia Strategic Consultation - Doing Good to Do Better: Successful Corporate Strategies that Benefit Society

16-17 June 2014 | Bratislava, Slovakia

Convened under the theme ‘Doing Good to Do Better: Successful corporate strategies that benefit society,’ this regional consultation was part of a series of dialogues on the means of implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. It was organized jointly by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UN Global Compact, as the two co-leads on ‘engaging with the private sector’ in the global consultations of the UN Development Group (UNDG), in close partnership with the Government of Slovakia. This series of dialogues on Engaging with the Private sector is being co-hosted by the Government of Spain and the United States. The event explored how European industries can best contribute to the emerging global sustainable development agenda of the UN, both on a local and global scale. It aimed to: facilitate private sector contributions to the post-2015 development process; explore innovative models of business partnerships in consideration of associated challenges and opportunities; share best practices and lessons learned for encouraging business engagement in development; and formulate recommendations for a system-wide report on engaging with the private sector in the post-2015 era.

Bringing together over 80 participants, the event featured high-level panel discussions, followed by two thematic working groups that identified regional priorities for the post-2015 development agenda on: re-industrialization and regional development through innovation, and game changers in development, peace and security; and moving towards environmental sustainability, and achieving food security and livelihoods for all. The results of the consultations will feed into a global report that will inform the various processes related to the post-2015 development agenda, as well as into the Secretary General’s synthesis report. .. More »
L-R: Peter Hulenyi, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovakia; Olga Memedovic, UNIDO; Mehmet Sureyya Er, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency; Ivan Lukáš, Czech Development Agency; and Vladimir Uskov, Counsellor to the Permanent Mission in Vienna, Russian Federation
Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO
Olga Algayerová, Slovakia’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna
Chair Christophe Yvetot, Representative to the EU, UNIDO
L-R: Emad Bibawi, UN Global Lead Partner, KPMG; and the UNIDO team: Giuseppe De Simone, Florian Iwinjak and Christophe Yvetot
L-R: Stefano Prato, Society for International Development; Jan Wouters, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies; Philippe Scholtès, UNIDO; Mandeep Bains, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Marian Jones, University of Glasgow; Juan Felipe Hunt Ortiz, Deputy Director, International Labour Organization; and Jonathan Glennie, Overseas Development Institute
Kazuki Kitaoka, UNIDO
Taizo Nishikawa, Deputy to the Director General, UNIDO
L-R: View of the working group on environmental sustainability and food security
L-R: Stefano Prato, Society for International Development; and Jan Wouters, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (L-R)
L-R: Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, in a conversation with Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO
L-R: Stefano Prato, Society for International Development, in a conversation with Giuseppe De Simone, UNIDO

Funding for coverage of this Consultation has been provided by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

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