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Section for Multilateral and Private Funding Sources Sector for External Relations and Cooperation. Cooperation between UNESCO and the Private Sector. Training Seminar for National Commissions UNESCO Headquarters 26 February 2007 . Why Cooperate with the Private Sector?.

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Section for Multilateral and Private Funding Sources

Sector for External Relations and Cooperation

Cooperation between UNESCO and the Private Sector

Training Seminar for

National Commissions

UNESCO Headquarters

26 February 2007


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Why Cooperate with the Private Sector?

The Private Sector can be:

  • A powerful social and economic decision maker

  • A resource of expertise, services, equipment and funding in support of development projects

  • A provider of improved visibility and public profile for UNESCO

UNESCO & the Private Sector - Training Seminar for National Commissions, 26 February 2007


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The UN Context

  • UN Global Compact calls upon business community to enforce 10 universal principles related to human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and transparency

    Two main aims:

    • To safeguard open markets as conduits to prosperity

    • To underpin these with shared social values

  • Adoption of UN guidelines for co-operation with the business community in July, 2000

UNESCO & the Private Sector - Training Seminar for National Commissions, 26 February 2007


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Decisions by UNESCO’s Governing Bodies

UNESCO has outlined the importance of working with the Private Sector, directives for cooperation and principles for a partnership policy in the following documents:

  • Constitution of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (1945) See in particular: Articles VII, X, XI

  • Executive Board Decisions approving “Directives concerning UNESCO's cooperation with private extra-budgetary funding sources and their right to use UNESCO's name, emblem or any other type of representation of the Organization's corporate identity" (1996)

  • Executive Board Decision approving “Guidelines for mobilizing private funds and criteria for selecting potential partners (...)" (1999)

  • Executive Board Decision on UNESCO’s Partnership Policy, including an assessment of rules and regulations for the selection of partners and the use of UNESCO's name and logo by these partners (2000)

UNESCO & the Private Sector - Training Seminar for National Commissions, 26 February 2007


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Criteria for Selecting Partners

  • A focus on competencies and capacities relevant to UNESCO’s mandate

  • A high degree of professionalism in the conception, implementation and evaluation of projects

  • Respect for and support of the aims and principles set out in the UN charter and UNESCO’s constitution

  • Transparency and accountability observed in partnerships

  • A clear and correct balance of interests amongst the partners involved

  • Contributions to the establishment of capacities required to implement partnerships

UNESCO & the Private Sector - Training Seminar for National Commissions, 26 February 2007


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Types of Support

  • A large range of services and goods corresponding to both the expertise of different companies and the requirements of development projects

  • Methodology for professional programme management

  • Support for moral/social responsibility – i.e. advocacy for commitments to human development

  • Capacity building – i.e. involvement in personel training and development

  • Financial support – i.e. funding for programmes and sectors

UNESCO & the Private Sector - Training Seminar for National Commissions, 26 February 2007


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Types of Partners

  • Professional advocacy groups: e.g. Chambers of Commerce

  • Senior business executives: e.g. World Economic Forum

  • Business corporations: e.g.L’Oréal, DaimlerChrysler, Microsoft

  • Philanthropic foundations and individuals: e.g., MacArthur, Rockefeller

UNESCO & the Private Sector - Training Seminar for National Commissions, 26 February 2007


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Modalities of Partnerships

  • Mapping – Partner selection, long term strategy and development of goals

  • Project methodology – Selecting project areas, scope and duration of partnerships, conception and negotiation of joint projects

  • Legal arrangements – Use of UNESCO’s name and logo, contractual standards

  • Financial aspects – Funding arrangements, budget decisions, asset allocation within partnership, fiscal arrangements

  • Monitoring and evaluation – Progress reports, benchmarks, monitoring and evaluation of results

UNESCO & the Private Sector - Training Seminar for National Commissions, 26 February 2007


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The Private Sector and National Commissions

Three main areas of cooperation :

  • Mobilizing business partners for national initiatives: Chambers of Commerce, Lions, Rotary, Business Round Table, Small and Medium Enterprises

  • Support to / participation in international partnerships (e.g. L’ Oréal)

  • Mobilizing business partners for initiatives supporting other National Commissions (e.g. “South-South” cooperation)

UNESCO & the Private Sector - Training Seminar for National Commissions, 26 February 2007


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How to involve the Private Sector ?

The Private Sector can :

  • Be better represented within National Commissions

  • Participate in their special subcommittees

  • Take part in national UNESCO events

  • Assure national input to UNESCO’s international projects

  • Provide operational support

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Resources

Analysis

Booklet

Internet Site

  • Feature :

  • Partnership Framework

  • Success Stories (up-dated)

  • Partnership Opportunities(up-dated)

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Contact

  • General Advice & Guidance

  • Support to Initiatives

  • Up-dates of Booklet and Internet site

    Shantha Retnasingam

    Chief, Section for Multilateral and Private Funding Sources – ERC/CFS/MLT

    [email protected]

    Internet: www.unesco.org/en/privatesector

UNESCO & the Private Sector - Training Seminar for National Commissions, 26 February 2007


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