Edited by Stephen Tully
Chapter 118: UN: Guidelines on Cooperation between the UN and the Business Community, 2000
Commentary: Issued by the UN Secretary-General on 17 July 2000, the Guidelines extracted below (footnotes omitted) provide guidance for private sector relations with the UN. Annex 1 contains the Global Compact. Annex 2 contains an explanatory background note on the use of the UN name and emblem (under Section V) and illustrates the various modalities listed under Section VI. See further, UN Secretary-General (1997), ‘Secretary-General, in address to World Economic Forum, stresses strengthened partnership between UN, Private Sector’, Press Release SG/SM/6153; UN Secretary-General Report (2001), ‘Co-operation between the UN and all relevant partners, in particular the private sector’, UN Doc A/56/323. For intergovernmental perspectives, see UN Department of Public Information (UNDPI) (1998), ‘The UN and Business: New Dimensions in Co-operation: Case Studies from the UN System’, New York; UN Joint Inspection Unit (1999), ‘Report on Private Sector Involvement and Cooperation with the UN System’, Geneva, UN Doc JIU/REP/99/6. For commercial perspectives, see PWBLF (2002), ‘Building Partnerships: Co-operation between the UN and the Business Community’, London. See also, Nelson, J. (2002), ‘Building partnerships: co-operation between the UN system and the private sector’, UNDPI/IBLF: New York; www.un.org/partners/ business/index.asp. I. Background 1. The business community has played an active role in the UN since its inception in 1945. A number of UN organizations have a successful history of cooperating with business. Recent political and economic changes have fostered and intensified the search for collaborative arrangements. 2. The efforts of the Secretary-General to renew and reform the UN provide the overall rationale for closer...
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