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The United Nations Getting Down to Business

September 17th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

Jim Talent blogging on the Huffington Post? Weird. Well, he does work for the Fleishman Hillard PR firm and this is probably part of his responsibilities. Still weird though.

Huffington Post:
By Sen. Jim Talent

There are few phenomena more transformative than entrepreneurial capitalism. It empowers people, produces wealth, creates technological revolutions, and rewards and therefore encourages risk taking and sacrifice from people of all backgrounds and walks of life. Even the U.N. — not normally the most forward thinking organization on the planet — has begun to realize the power of business enterprise to change societies for the better.

In early July, over 1,000 people — including 600 top corporate executives from around the globe — gathered in Geneva for the leadership summit, Facing Realities: Getting Down to Business. The invitation-only meeting brought together chief executives, “C-suite” officers, board members, and presidents of country or regional subsidiaries with government and labor leaders, NGOs, and academics. It was convened by the United Nations to build “the markets of tomorrow.”

For those wondering when the United Nations got into the business of “building markets,” it began in 1999 when then-secretary-general Kofi Annan issued a challenge to business leaders. He urged them to join an international initiative to bring them together with U.N. agencies, labor organizations, and NGOs in support of universal environmental and social principles. The answer to Annan’s challenge came in 2000 in the form of the Global Compact. Read more…

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