3 Oct 2013
Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013, New York

“Partnerships for Sustainability: Cities, States, Corporations”

September 19-20, 2013, New York, USA.

The UN Global Compact Cities Programme and the Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean jointly hosted a special session at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 in New York on September 19  – ‘Partnerships for Sustainability: Cities, States, Corporations’.

The Forum aimed to bring together state government and city leaders with corporations to discuss the important role that partnerships and collaboration play in addressing critical urban and regional issues. Participants looked at collaborations that can leverage and develop effective, holistic approaches to sustainability. It drew on a number of initiatives in both developed and developing countries, which include the cross-sectoral efforts of Latin American states and cities, city wide business-led alliances in the United States and the collaborative work of leading Latin American and European corporations. These included new state wide sustainability alliances being established in Brazil. The event aimed to incentivize the creation of initiatives that bring city/state and corporate leaders together at the local network level.  It also launched two new UNGCCP initiatives in Brazil – Alianças Sustentáveis Mato Grosso and Alianças Sustentáveis Brasil.

We were honored to have Ambassador Néstor Osorio, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations in New York, President of the UN Economic and Social Council open the Forum with a presentation on “Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships and Sustainable Development”.  He spoke of the challenges facing cities and societies on a world scale and the importance of cooperative solutions.

Diana Chavez, Director, Regional Center For The Support Of The Global Compact In Latin America and the Caribbean spoke about Latin American Corporate Collaboration and the Role of Local Government . Diana has recently led the development of the Guía del Pacto Mundial para Gobiernos Locales, Convirtiendo el Pacto Mundial.(Guide to the  Global Compact for Local Government).  She spoke of the important role city administrators can play in leading cities in matters of human rights, environment, and governance and civic engagement. Professor Paul James, Director, UN Global Compact Cities Programme presented on a number of established Cities Programme city initiatives in San Francisco, Milwaukee, Porto Alegre and Ulaanbaatar and the UNGCCP approach.

Follow this link to access the copy of Diana and Paul’s presentations and others.

Launch of Brazilian Sustainability Alliances

A highlight of the Partnerships for Sustainability Forum was a panel presentation and discussion from a delegation of representatives from Brazil state and federal governments, industry and academia who are connected to and supporting a number of cross-sectoral Sustainability Alliances being established through the Brazil Regional Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme. The Panel participants were: Luciana Ribiero Lepri, Chief of Gabinete of State Justice, Citizenship and Human Rights, State of Parana; Rosane de Souza, In Country Convenor, UN Global Compact Cities Programme Brazil Regional Secretariat, Coordinator, Aliança Sustentável Paranà, Prof. Dr. Caio Fernando Fontana, Universidade Federal de São Paulo and Tommy Miyata, CEO and President, Blue Corp Group and Advisor to the Governor, the state of Mato Grosso.  Manoel Poppe, Head of Technology and Information, EPL, Federal Government of Brazil was also on the panel but not included in this photograph.  For an overview of these initiatives see Apresentação UNGCCP Alianças Sustentáveis Brasil.

The Forum  launched two new major UNGCCP initiatives in Brazil: Aliança Mato Grosso Sustentável and Aliança Brazil Sustentável. The Global Compact Leaders Summit brought together a number of other leaders from across Brazil connected to those initiatives. Below Tommy Mizote (CEO & President, Blue Scope) from Sao Paulo is pictured with Raquel Ferreira Dodge, Federal Prosecutor from Brasilia and Maria Tereza Uille Gomez, Secretary of Justice, Citizenship and Human Rights for the state government of Paraná and Antonia Lelia Neves Sanchez, Federal Prosecutor from Curitiba. In the next photograph, Manoel Poppe, Coordinator of Technology, of the federal government agency EPL in Brasilia and Luciana Lepri, Chefe de Gabinete, Justiça, Cidadania e Direitos Humanos de Parana, are also pictured with Maria Teresa Uille Gomez and Antonia Leila Neves Sanchez.

Connecting Global Compact people from across the world

The Summit was an excellent opportunity for people connected to the Global Compact to come together from all parts of the world.

Collaborating in Colombia

There were also very productive meetings with Global Compact Local Networks. One of these was the Global Compact Local Network Colombia, a region which has seen significant growth in city participation in the last couple of years, including the capital, Bogota.

Elizabeth Ryan is pictured with leaders from the Colombia Global Compact Local Network: (from left) Gustavo Galvis Hernández, Presidente, Andesco; Mauricio López González, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Colombia; and Ricardo Roa Barragán, President, Grupo Energia Bogota. There is intense interest in urban sustainability in Colombia (and Latin America more broadly).

UNGCCP and the Colombian Global Compact Network have committed to working strategically on Colombian city engagement and are planning to bring cities, corporations and civil society organisations together for the UN Habitat World Urban Forum in Medellin (April 2014).

And meeting the world leaders …

For some, the Global Compact Leaders Summit was an opportunity to meet world leading thinkers and practitioners. This was the case for Luciana Lepri and Rosane de Souza, when meeting Grameen Bank founder, Muhammed Yunus at the Summit dinner.

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