A new step to promote public-private sector partnerships

01 Dec 2006

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UNDP Turkey took a new step to promote Public-Private Sector Partnerships by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Beşiktaş Municipality of Istanbul.

New Horizons - According to 10-years agreement the two will work to promote development of strategic partnerships between public and private sectors as well as promoting the Global Compact principles.

The Memorandum of Understanding of this cooperation was signed by UN Resident Representative Mahmood Ayub and Beşiktaş Mayor Ismail Ünal on November 3rd, 2006, in Istanbul.

UNDP and Beşiktaş Municipality will conduct activities in close cooperation by engaging Turkish private sector companies and other stakeholders to the maximum effect.

Having recognized the importance of building partnerships with the business community to achieve development goals on a global level and the Turkish business sectors’ involvement in this area, UNDP has been working in Istanbul since 2005. To date, UNDP Turkey has established several private-public partnerships with multinational and Turkish firms in Turkey, with a goal to contribute to Turkey’s development agenda, including the EU accession process and the Millenium Development Goals on a national level. Examples of UNDP’s private sector partners include CISCO, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Company, Microsoft, Coca-Cola Turkey and Aydın Doğan Foundation.