Global Compact network forums will meet in Istanbul

01 Jun 2009

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The United Nations Global Compact Office, in partnership with the Forum Foundation (Barcelona Center for the Support of the Global Compact) will host the Seventh Annual Local Networks Forum on 9-10 June 2009 at the Sabanci Center in Istanbul, Turkey. 

New Horizons - Local sponsors of the event are The Sabanci Group and Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Event sponsors also include The China Development Bank and The Spanish Embassy in Turkey. 

Being the largest and most global corporate citizenship initiative in the world with over 6,500 signatories, the Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption within their sphere of influence. Signatories, consisting of both businesses and civil society and non-business groups from 130 countries join together locally to develop country-level Global Compact Networks, which are currently operating in approximately 90 countries.

The Annual Local Networks Forum (ALNF) presents important opportunites for Global Compact Local Networks to share experiences and identify best practices with respect to promoting and supporting the implementation of the UN Global Compact.

The ALNF will bring together over 200 representatives from Global Compact Local Networks from over 70 countries, as well as representatives from the government, businesses and civil society.

This year, Turkey will host the ALNF, held previously in other cities such as Bonn, Monterrey, Barcelona and London. The Global Compact Turkey Network with over 160 signatories, launched in 2002 in partnership with UNDP and the Turkish Confederation of Employers Association (TISK), will be represented by Dr. Yilmaz Arguden. The Turkey Local Network has also established the National Steering Committee which consists of Aksa Acrylic, ARGE Consulting, Koc Holding, Sabanci Holding, TISK, TUSIAD and Zed Organisation.

More information about the Global Compact is available at www.unglobal.compact.org.

A local network side event will also be held on June 11th, in conjunction with the 7th ALNF. The event titled "Understanding COP Progress" will feature a presentation by Oliver Johner, a Communication on Progress analyst at the UN's Global Compact Office. To view the event programme, please click here.