Master in Management for Development
Oct
16
to Oct 18

Master in Management for Development

Issues and objectives

The programme provides a conceptual and operational framework for management of development from an inter-disciplinary perspective thereby integrating socioeconomic policy with detailed exposure to the legal, institutional and managerial frameworks for effective implementation of national development policies, programmes and projects.

The programme addresses a number of critical questions confronting developing countries like:

  • How to plan and manage development?
  • What is results-based management andhow is developmentmeasured?
  • What are the defining characteristics of sustainable development?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of globalization?
  • What policies and strategies contribute to socioeconomic change?
  • What do development practitioners do?
  • What knowledge and skills do they need in the operational context?

The programme’sobjective is to provide personnel aiming to work in the field of sustainable development with the analytical and operational competencies that are indispensable for effective participation in the results-based framework of national development.

 At the end of the programme the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of the context and processes of  development work;
  • Apply acquired technical and interpersonal competencies in order to enhance the economic and social returns of investment in development endeavors; 
  • Conceptualize and formulate a full-scale project proposal for a development initiative/project.

The contents and the learning delivery methods are designed to impart to the participants the full spectrum of competencies needed in order to effectively deal with the challenges facing today's development professionals in their pursuit of social and economic progress while preserving the living environment for future generations.

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CSW62 (2018)
Feb
12
to Feb 23

CSW62 (2018)

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CSW62 (2018)

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are welcome to attend the session.
 

Themes

  • Priority theme:
    Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
  • Review theme:
    Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session);

 

 

Bureau

The Bureau of the Commission plays a crucial role in facilitating the preparation for, and in ensuring the successful outcome of the annual sessions of the Commission. Bureau members serve for two years. In 2002, in order to improve its work and ensure continuity, the Commission decided to hold the first meeting of its subsequent session, immediately following the closure of the regular session, for the sole purpose of electing the new Chairperson and other members of the Bureau (ECOSOC decision 2002/234).

The Bureau for the 62nd session (2018) of the Commission on the Status of Women comprises the following members:

  • H.E. Mr. David Donoghue (Ireland), Chair (Western European and other States Group)
  • Ms. Koki Muli Grignon (Kenya), Vice-Chair (African States Group)
  • Mr. Mauricio Carabali Baquero (Colombia), Vice-Chair (Latin American and Caribbean States Group)
  • Ms. Rena Tasuja (Estonia), Vice-Chair-designate (Eastern European States Group)
  • Mr. Rokebul Haque (Bangladesh), Vice-Chair-designate (Asia-Pacific States Group)
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Global Summit of Women
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Global Summit of Women

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Creating economies of Shared Value

  • To bridge the gap between economic growth and social inclusion
  • To open up global markets for women's enterprises of all sizes
  • To secure alternative energy sources for future growth 
  • To ensure women's access to digital technology & STEM education
  • To preserve & protect increasingly limited natural resources
  • To create companies of shared leadership
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OECD Social Policy Forum and Ministerial Meeting
May
14
to May 15

OECD Social Policy Forum and Ministerial Meeting

On May 15th 2018, Ministers responsible for Social Policy in over 35 OECD and partner countries will meet in Montréal to exchange their views on their countries’ challenges, opportunities, and best practices in social protection in a Ministerial meeting entitled Social Policy for Shared Prosperity: Embracing the Future.

Ministers will address:

  • Modernising social protection systems to better incorporate workers in non-standard jobs
  • Promoting diversity and social inclusion for all people
  • Coping with the challenges of population ageing
  • Ensuring that children and youths have equal opportunities to succeed in life
  • Mainstreaming gender equality and women’s issues in policy design and reform

 Ministers will also set out their priorities for the Social Policy work of the OECD. 

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European Business Summit
May
23
to May 24

European Business Summit

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The European Business Summit is the leading annual platform where business, policy-makers, civil society and academia meet together to discuss the current trends and challenges in the EU and the world. With 200 high-level speakers, 50 interactive debates and unique networking opportunities, EBS has become a landmark event in Brussels, attracting 2000 attendees each year. 

This year's edition welcomed a wide range of high-level speakers for key moments including Minister Wolfgang Schäuble who spoke on Europe in a new world, CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu on Sustainable Development Goals, former Prime Minister Mario Monti on the future of the European economy, MEP Guy Verhofstadt on the future of Europe, and 10 EU Commissioners speaking on creating a new narrative for Europe.

The European Business Summit is also organising Back from Davos event. EBS supports other events such as European Defence Industry Summit, Think Digital and Energy Policy Summit. 

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High Level Political Forum 2018
Jul
9
to Jul 18

High Level Political Forum 2018

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The theme will be "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year:

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
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Academy on Social Security
Sep
18
to Sep 27

Academy on Social Security

 Description

The Academy on Social Security offers a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package on governance and financing, reforms and the extension of social protection systems. Participants will tailor their own two-week course by choosing from several electives, and will benefit from an innovative and dynamic learning environment. This course qualifies for the "International Certification for Social Protection Analysts". Complete three courses out of the four qualified courses (Impact Assessment, Public Finance, Actuarial Modeling and Academy) within five years to earn your "Social Protection Analysts" recognition.

 

 Target audience

The course is designed for officials committed to furthering social protection with innovative, practical methods and techniques. More specifically, (1) managers, planners, advisers and professionals working in social security institutions, (2) policy planners and officials from key ministries responsible for the development and monitoring of social protection systems, (3) representatives of social partners involved in the governance of social security institutions and (4) practitioners and consultants of UN agencies working on social protection.

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73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA73)
Sep
18
to Sep 30

73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA73)

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018.

From 23-24 September, the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters.

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THE 2018 CONCORDIA ANNUAL SUMMIT
Sep
24
to Sep 26

THE 2018 CONCORDIA ANNUAL SUMMIT

The 2018 Concordia Annual Summit will be held on September 24th-26th, 2018 in New York City, where we hope to build on the success of the 2017 Summit and elevate critical discussions as the largest and most inclusive nonpartisan forum on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

At Concordia, inclusivity remains at the core of what we do, and our 2018 Annual Summit will strive to elevate unique voices that wouldn’t ordinarily have access to such a large and diverse forum in which to be heard. We are also continuing our efforts to facilitate effective and lasting partnerships. 

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Master Programme in Industrial and Employment Relations
Oct
8
to Sep 6

Master Programme in Industrial and Employment Relations

In a fast-changing environment (political, economic, social, cultural, technological, skills) in which governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations have to adapt their strategies continuously, a better understanding of the contemporary trends and challenges of different industrial and employment relations in the world is becoming a compelling need.

 

The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), in partnership with the University of Turin, Italy, is offering a Master’s Programme in Industrial and Employment Relations. 

This one-year programme, held in English, includes a distance-learning phase, a residential phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin, Italy, followed by a second distance learning phase for the preparation of the Master’s thesis. 

The Master’s Programme in Industrial and Employment Relations aims at developing specialized multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of industrial and employment relations from a comparative viewpoint. It will provide participants with a deep theoretical and practical understanding of industrial and employment relations systems in the world, by looking into recent changes and trends in the major economic geographical areas. 

Furthermore, it will offer a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills. The Master’s Programme combines the sound academic background of the University of Turin with the ITCILO’s international training experience. An international approach has been applied to the content, the methodology as well as to the composition of the faculty. 

The Master’s Programme is relevant to participants from both developing and developed countries who will have an opportunity to share their different experiences.

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Academy on Transition to the Formal Economy
Oct
12
to Nov 23

Academy on Transition to the Formal Economy

Description

The academy aims to enhance the capacity to formulate, implement and/or evaluate formalization policies through effective diagnostic analysis, better understanding of concepts and approaches for measuring informality, and its drivers and impacts on the world of work.

Target audience

The course is aimed at policy makers and advisors from ministries of labour and economy; and representatives of workers' and employers' organizations.

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Academy on Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations
Nov
26
to Dec 7

Academy on Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations

 Description

The Academy on Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations will provide a unique opportunity to become familiar with the latest trends and developments concerning tripartite social dialogue mechanisms, collective bargaining and dispute resolution systems. Participants will personalize their own two-week course by choosing from several electives, and will benefit from an innovative and dynamic learning environment.

 Target audience

Officials from labour ministries; representatives of employers' and workers' organizations; members and staff of tripartite social dialogue bodies; officials from labour dispute resolution systems; ILO officials; officials of the UN and intergovernmental organizations.

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EU-Africa Summit
Nov
30
9:30 AM09:30

EU-Africa Summit

The European Business Summit is the leading annual platform where business, policy-makers, civil society and academia meet together to discuss the current trends and challenges in the EU and the world. With 200 high-level speakers, 50 interactive debates and unique networking opportunities, EBS has become a landmark event in Brussels, attracting 2000 attendees each year. 

This year's edition welcomed a wide range of high-level speakers for key moments including Minister Wolfgang Schäuble who spoke on Europe in a new world, CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu on Sustainable Development Goals, former Prime Minister Mario Monti on the future of the European economy, MEP Guy Verhofstadt on the future of Europe, and 10 EU Commissioners speaking on creating a new narrative for Europe.

The European Business Summit is also organising Back from Davos event. EBS supports other events such as European Defence Industry Summit, Think Digital and Energy Policy Summit. 

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2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
Nov
27
to Nov 29

2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

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The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rightsfrom paper to practice. As the world’s largest gathering on the topic of business and human rights, it provides a unique space for dialogue on major human rights issues in the global economy.

The Forum brings together more than 2,000 participants from government, business, community groups, non-governmental organizations, law firms, investor organisations, United Nations bodies, national human rights institutions, trade unions, academia and the media. Over three days, they engage in discussions on current business-related human rights topics, sharing ideas and practice on how to better respect and protect human rights in a business context. 

The Forum was established in 2011 by the Human Rights Council (resolution17/4) to serve as a global platform to “discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles [on Business and Human Rights] and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights, including challenges faced in particular sectors, operational environments or in relation to specific rights or groups, as well as identifying good practices.”

The Forum is open to all relevant stakeholder groups, including States, the wider United Nations system, intergovernmental and regional organisations, businesses, labour unions, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, and affected stakeholders, among others.

The Forum is guided by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights and organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. As of 2017 (resolution 35/7 ), the Working Group also has a mandate to chair the Forum and to prepare a report on the proceedings and thematic recommendations of the Forum.

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Macro policies, jobs and inclusive growth
Nov
20
to Nov 24

Macro policies, jobs and inclusive growth

Description

The course aims to build capacities among government officials and other relevant stakeholders on how to better integrate employment concerns into economic policies, particularly at the macroeconomic level, by exposing participants to an appropriate combination of theoretical insights and hands-on experiences, and by sharing knowledge between agencies and institutions responsible for macroeconomic policies and employment.

Target audience

This course is of particular interest to government officials involved in the design and implementation of pro-employment macro-policies and programmes, notably staff from ministries of finance, economy, planning, labour and employment, and from central banks. It is addressed to technical officials from central banks and ministries of finance, economy and planning who are involved in macroeconomic policies in their countries and would like to learn about existing tools that promote employment in macroeconomic frameworks, and to technical officials from ministries of labour and employment who are involved in labour and employment information and analysis, particularly macroeconomic analysis.

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Negotiation skills for the world of work
Nov
13
to Nov 17

Negotiation skills for the world of work

Description

This course aims to develop participants' knowledge and understanding of consensus-building approaches to conflict management and dispute resolution. Emphasis is placed on how to move from a traditional style of adversarial negotiation to a negotiation style that allows mutual gains and strengthened relationships among parties and therefore also contributes to better compliance with standards at enterprise or sectoral level.

Target audience

The course's target groups are those currently involved or who are expected to be involved, directly or indirectly, in negotiations, whether at enterprise, sectoral/branch or national level.

Objectives

The ITCILO courses on negotiation aim to develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of consensus-building approaches to conflict management and dispute resolution. Emphasis is placed on how to move from a traditional style of adversarial negotiating to a negotiation style that allows mutual gains and strengthened relationships among parties.

Content

• Identifying typical mistakes made by negotiators
• The conflict dynamic
• How conflict develops into a dispute
• Different approaches to dispute resolution
• Outcomes in negotiation
• Different approaches to negotiation
• What positional negotiation looks like
• A problem solving model
• The anatomy of needs based negotiation
• Stages and needs-based negotiation
• The negotiators’ dilemma
• Costs and benefits of different styles of negotiating
• How to maximize joint value and achieve optimum outcomes
• The significance of alternatives to a negotiated agreement
• Reality testing
• How to open up a zone of possible agreement
• The mandating dynamic
• Preparation for negotiation
• Behaviours of effective negotiators
• Working with interests and needs
• Reframing
• Extracting needs
• Finding mutual gains outcomes
• The use of questions
• Generating options and brainstorming
• Managing your own emotion and responding effectively to the emotions of others
• Helping people save face
• Negotiating with difficult people

 

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Gender Academy - A global event on gender, work and development for experts and practitioners
Nov
13
to Nov 24

Gender Academy - A global event on gender, work and development for experts and practitioners

Description

Cutting-edge topics are presented and discussed in keynote lectures with simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish. Elective workshops offer insights on specific subjects, developing skills and providing room for application and knowledge exchange.

Target audience

A global international event on gender, work and employment, bringing together experts and successful practitioners.

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Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils
Nov
12
to Nov 13

Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils

The World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on the future. The network convenes the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society to challenge conventional thinking and develop new insights and perspectives on the key global systems, as well as the impact and governance of key emerging technologies. In a global environment marked by short-term orientation and siloed thinking, the network fosters interdisciplinary and long-range thinking to support a sustainable and equitable future. Members of the network meet annually at the Annual Meeting for the Global Future Councils in the United Arab Emirates, and virtually several times a year to monitor trends, identify global risks, discuss ideas and explore interconnections between issues. They also develop recommendations and integrate their findings into World Economic Forum activities such as the Annual Meeting in Davos and regional and industry events, as well as into global decision-making processes.

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Nationaal Sustainability Congres 2017
Nov
9
2:30 PM14:30

Nationaal Sustainability Congres 2017

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Purpose, action, impact!
Accelereren naar een duurzame toekomst

De 17e editie van het Nationaal Sustainability Congres (NSC) richt zich op het versnellen van de duurzame ontwikkeling door purpose en impact. De invloed van menselijk handelen op de planeet is onomstotelijk bewezen. De gevolgen van klimaatverandering zijn inmiddels volop merkbaar. Mensenrechten worden nog lang niet overal gerespecteerd en sociale cohesie staat onder druk. En zelfs honger is anno 2017 nog altijd de wereld niet uit. Tijdens het NSC 2017 dan ook geen focus op visies en meningen, maar op concrete plannen en acties. Laat u inspireren en wordt onderdeel van deze actiegerichte beweging.

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Labour market statistics and analysis academy: Measuring decent work in the SDG indicator monitoring system
Oct
30
to Nov 10

Labour market statistics and analysis academy: Measuring decent work in the SDG indicator monitoring system

Description

The ILO Department of Statistics and the ITCILO offer this Academy in response to the increasing need for countries to strengthen their labour-market and analysis systems in the wake of new international statistical standards and amid intense discussion of the post-2015 development agenda.

Target audience

Officials of statistics offices; producers of statistics at national statistical offices; ministries of planning, finance, employment, education and labour; vocational trainers; research institutes; social partners.

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World Export Development Forum 2017
Oct
25
to Oct 26

World Export Development Forum 2017

The World Export Development Forum (WEDF) is a unique global platform dedicated to supporting trade-led development.  

WEDF provides an issue-focused setting for policymakers, trade & investment support institutions and business leaders to gain practical understanding in trade competitiveness. It also provides unparalleled opportunities for business operators to network and meet with potential partners. Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the only United Nations organization with an exclusive focus on assisting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to internationalize, WEDF is dedicated to the development of SMEs.

WEDF will bring together over 600 senior national and international policymakers, heads of trade support organizations, business leaders and representatives of international agencies. Through high-level plenaries, workshops and facilitated business-to-business meetings, participants will increase their practical knowledge in the latest innovations, processes and policies, and establish new partnerships and contacts.

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World Bank Group Annual Meetings
Oct
9
to Oct 15

World Bank Group Annual Meetings

The Annual Meetings, which are attended by approximately 4,000 member-country delegates, 650 observer organization representatives, 900 members of the press, and 550 accredited civil society members, are held each Fall. The 2017 Annual Meetings will be held from October 13 - 15 in Washington, D.C.

At the Annual Meetings, the joint World Bank Group-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee convene to discuss the work of the institutions. The Plenary Session of the World Bank Group and IMF Boards of Governors is also held during the Annual Meetings.

 

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UN Global Compact Leaders Summit
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 will gather global leaders to inspire true leadership for the SDGs, present highlights of General Assembly week and chart the way ahead for increased public-private collaboration to create the world we want. The Summit serves as the annual opportunity to unveil the UN Global Compact’s latest intelligence from Action Platforms, generate meaningful and innovative engagement opportunities around the SDGs and to celebrate ambitious leaders and innovators from around the worlds with 2017 Pioneers, Project Breakthrough and the Global Opportunity Explorer. Registration will open in May 2017.

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The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit
Sep
18
to Sep 19

The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit

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The Concordia Annual Summit convenes the world’s most prominent business, government, and nonprofit leaders to foster dialogue and enable effective partnerships for positive social impact. This global affairs forum takes place in New York City and examines the world’s most pressing challenges to identify avenues for collaboration. 

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United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017
Sep
18
7:30 AM07:30

United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017

The United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017 will focus on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The interactive Forum is designed to increase understanding of efforts underway by the private sector and civil society, and provide a platform for the private sector to announce long-term goals and partnerships that will make an important contribution towards achieving sustainable development for all.  

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Designing effective and inclusive national employment policies
Sep
18
to Sep 29

Designing effective and inclusive national employment policies

Description

The course aims to build capacities among government officials, social partners and other relevant stakeholders for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of effective national employment policies. Participants will become acquainted with the employment policy-making process and related technical areas, and policy implementation strategies.

Target audience

The course is intended for policy-makers, planners, technical staff of ministries; representatives of workers' and employers' organizations. A gender-balanced participation is sought.

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Athens Democracy Forum
Sep
13
to Sep 17

Athens Democracy Forum

Solutions for a Changing World

We are at a remarkable crossroads in history, where recent events are challenging the arc of progress and prosperity and upending fundamental beliefs about globalization, international cooperation and the enduring nature of democracy. Is the Western spirit of integration and openness being replaced by walls, both metaphorically and literally? What are the threats and opportunities within this changing social, political and economic environment? Can democratic systems be reformed, or is a complete overhaul the only option?

The New York Times Athens Democracy Forum has never been more urgent, relevant or important. This September 13-17, we will assemble leading policy makers, business leaders, scholars and other experts to define, assess and tackle the critical questions about the world at this moment.

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International labour standards and corporate social responsibility: Understanding workers' rights in the framework of due diligence
Sep
11
to Sep 15

International labour standards and corporate social responsibility: Understanding workers' rights in the framework of due diligence

Understanding workers' rights in the framework of due diligence

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of international labour standards (ILS) as they relate to company operations (including due diligence related to labour rights) and how these principles can be most effectively implemented in company operations within the supply chain. 

Drawing on the experience of the ILO Helpdesk for Business, breakout sessions will provide participants with opportunities to discuss and debate some of the complex issues companies face when putting principles into practice, e.g. what to do when national law is not consistent with ILS; how to balance competing rights; where to draw the line in contributing to social development; and what to do when the government is not fulfilling its duty to protect

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be familiar with ILO’s core labour standards (child labour, forced labour, discrimination, and freedom of association and collective bargaining), their function and formulation as well as implementation and other relevant ILO tools relevant from a CSR perspective;
  • Be able to analyse international instruments and frameworks on CSR referencing ILS;
  • Understand the different roles of governments, the private sector, and employers’ and workers’ organizations could play in the development and implementation of CSR policies and practices; be updated on company practices selected from a variety of geographical, sectoral and operational contexts;
  • Be able to better advise and serve their institutions, organizations or enterprises in the area of ILS and Decent Work and in their daily operations

Description

Companies are under increasing pressure, stemming from stakeholder expectations, reporting requirements, conditions for tendering, etc., to conduct due diligence on human-rights issues in their own operations and with business partners in their supply chains. Labour rights have become a critical component and basic pillar in any due diligence process. However, proper due diligence on labour issues starts with a good understanding of what is expected of companies concerning respect for workers' rights. The course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of ILS as they relate to company operations (including due diligence related to labour rights) and how these principles can be most effectively implemented in company operations along their supply chains. Drawing on the experience of the ILO Helpdesk for Business, breakout sessions will provide participants with opportunities to discuss and debate some of the complex issues companies face when putting principles into practice, e.g. what to do when national law is not consistent with ILS; how to balance competing rights; where to draw the line in contributing to social development; and what to do when the government is not fulfilling its duty to protect.

Target audience

This course is designed for CSR professionals (in companies, consulting firms or CSR initiatives) seeking to align operations, including supply chains, with ILS principles or dealing on a daily basis with challenges related to respecting workers' rights. Managers of companies supplying to brands which are faced with many, and often conflicting, demands, may find this course particularly useful. In addition, this course might be of interest to trade unions, civil society organizations and government officials dealing with national CSR policies and/or national action plans on business and human rights.

Background

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of ILS as they relate to company operations (including due diligence related to labour rights) and how those principles can be most effectively implemented in company operations. 

Companies are under increased pressure, stemming from stakeholder expectations, reporting requirements, conditions for tendering, etc., to conduct due diligence on human rights issues in their own operations and with business partners in their supply chains.  Labour related human rights—child labour, forced labour, freedom of association and collective bargaining, non-discrimination, conditions of work and social protection—are relevant to all company operations.  Although much has been written in general about due diligence, labour issues pose particular challenges for companies.

Proper due diligence on labour issues starts with a good understanding of what is expected of companies concerning respect for workers’ rights.  The principles contained in international labour standards (ILS) have become the essential reference point for companies in addressing labour issues in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Yet, ILS are addressed to governments and the implications for companies, from a conceptual and practical point of view, are not always clear. This can lead to confusion, lack of coherence and misunderstandings when companies are confronted with specific situations.  Building on this understanding, the course will then examine good practice regarding due diligence pertaining to workers’ rights. 

Teaching sessions will feature specialists working in companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives located in various regions of the world.  Drawing on the experience of the ILO Helpdesk for Business, breakout sessions will provide participants an opportunity to discuss and debate some of the more complex issues companies face when putting principles into practice such as what to do when national law is not consistent with ILS, how to balance competing rights, where to draw the line is contributing to social development, and what to do when the government is not fulfilling its duty to protect.  The course will also help practitioners anticipate how the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals may impact CSR practice concerning labour rights and enterprise development.

This course is designed for CSR professionals (in companies, consulting firms, CSR initiatives, government, workers, etc.) seeking to align operations, including supply chains, with ILS principles or dealing on a daily basis with challenges related to respecting these ILS principles. Managers of companies supplying to brands who are faced with many, and often conflicting, demands, may find this course particularly useful.  Trade unionists, NGOs and government officials dealing with national CSR policies and/or National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights will also find it beneficial. The course will provide a platform for dialogue and knowledge exchange as well as a forum for interaction and networking with professionals who work on a regular basis on the intersection of human rights, Decent Work, CSR and sustainable development.

 ILO is the specialized agency of the United Nations mandated to adopt and monitor the implementation of International Labour Standards.  Since its inception in 1919, ILO has accumulated a wide range of expertise concerning the application of ILS principles to company and government operations; and regularly analyses international trends and collects company case studies.

Objectives

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of ILS as they relate to company operations and the implications for CSR policies and practices geared towards decent work and sustainable development.

At the end of the course, participants will:

• be familiar with ILO’s core labour standards (child labour, forced labour, discrimination, and freedom of association and collective bargaining), their function and formulation as well as implementation and other relevant ILO tools relevant from a CSR perspective;

• be able to analyse international instruments and frameworks on CSR referencing International Labour Standards;

• understand the different roles of governments, the private sector, and employers’ and workers’ organizations could play in the development and implementation of CSR policies and practices; be updated on company practices, selected from a variety of geographical, sectoral and operational contexts;

• be able to better advise and serve their institutions, organizations or enterprises in the area of ILS and Decent Work and in their daily operations.

 Content

The course is organized around three thematic building blocks:

 1. ILO tools and instruments relevant for Corporate Social Responsibility and due diligence concerning labour rights

 What are the leading instruments of the ILO related to corporate social responsibility?  This building block presents insights on the link between ILO normative instruments—including ILS, the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work—and due diligence as set out in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP).

2. Issues companies encounter and guidance found in the ILS

What are the challenges business encounter with regards to labour rights and CSR? Drawing on the experiences of the ILO Helpdesk for Business, this block sets out a framework for understanding the key ILS principles for each of the topics and the implications for company operations.  Topics include:  freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining; industrial relations,  child labour, forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment (including gender); conditions of work (wages, hours of work, occupational safety and health); and employment promotion and training

3. Operationalizing the principles of ILS

What are the challenges of implementing labour-related CSR practices?  This section will focus on experiences of both large and smaller companies in establishing a system for ensuring respect for workers’ rights in their own operations and in promoting respect among their business partners

 

 Format and Methodology

The course will take a highly participatory approach which requires full involvement by all participants and ensures exchange of information and experiences. Besides ILO specialist, expert guest speakers will be drawn from various organizations and UN agencies such as UN Global Compact, BSCI, Ethical Trading Initiative and the Fair Wear Foundation amongst others.

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Value-chain development: Moving from analysis to action
Sep
4
to Sep 8

Value-chain development: Moving from analysis to action

Description

Do you want to move from analysis to action in value-chain development? Do you want to know how to facilitate the development of sustainable business models to secure lasting results? Do you want to know how to facilitate market system development? Do you want to know how to strengthen inclusive market systems? Do you want your enterprise development project to engage the private sector?

Target audience

The course is designed for practitioners of market-driven small enterprise development projects, including programme staff, managers and development partners. Participants in previous trainings included staff from: UN Women, International Labour Organization, GIZ, Central Banks, International Trade Centre, Ministries of Urban and Rural Development and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute among others.

Background

Value chains are embedded within complex market systems in which different actors directly and indirectly impact on the performance of the value chain. These systems include ‘supporting functions’, suchas training,  informationand financialservices, as well as ‘rules’, like standards, norms, and laws, thatinfluence the ways in which value chainactors operate. Therefore, improving the performance of the value chain and achieving pro-poor outcomes means looking at the entire market system, and designing and implementing interventions that will address the core constraints that affect the system as a whole.

Executing successful private sector development interventions entails several key components, including:

  • Leveraging existing actor structures to tackle market failures by changing the way markets work, so that poor people are included in the benefits of growth and economic development.
  • Assuming a facilitator’s role and not becoming a part of the system itself. Agencies that undertake market systems development interventions are temporary outsiders who attempt to stimulate lasting change in the ways that permanent actors go about their business. To create this lasting change, theagencies should not provide direct goods orservices toenterprises, butshould change the incentives within the market system topromptexistingactorstoimplementthe desired change.

This course will teach you how to do this.  It will provide an introduction to sector and value chain selection, market systems analysis, and value chain development, and will focus on pilot intervention design and implementation.

Learning outcomes

The training builds on the ILO’s experience in Value Chain Development to provide an overview of fundamental market development principles, and to teach practical skills for the design and implementation of VCD initiatives using a facilitative approach. 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • apply the principles and phases of Value Chain Development for decent work (Sector Selection, Value Chain Analysis, Intervention Design, and Implementation)
  • contribute to the design and implementation of market driven value chain development projects using a participatory approach.
  • apprehend the techniques for market systems facilitation, and appreciate the differences (and benefits) between facilitation and direct delivery.

Training Content

The course uses an action-oriented, participative approach, based on practical examples from ILO projects in the field. Emphasis will be placed on how the value chain and facilitative approach can contribute to changing the business practices of private sector companies, to create large-scale, lasting benefits for poor people.

 

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El futuro del Trabajo Decente: dimensiones de abordaje y metodologías de formación. Curso interdisciplinario de posgrado para docentes e investigadores del ámbito universitario.
Aug
21
to Sep 1

El futuro del Trabajo Decente: dimensiones de abordaje y metodologías de formación. Curso interdisciplinario de posgrado para docentes e investigadores del ámbito universitario.

Descripción

Se están produciendo cambios profundos en la naturaleza del trabajo en las economías de todo el mundo, que nos obligan a reflexionar sobre el futuro del trabajo a largo plazo. Con el objetivo de extender y profundizar el análisis sobre el futuro del trabajo decente con quienes son responsables de formar a las generaciones futuras de líderes sociales, económicos y políticos en América Latina, el Centro Internacional de Formación de la OIT (CIF/OIT) y el Centro de Estudios del Trabajo y el Desarrollo (CETyD) de la UNSAM, organizan la primera edición de este curso interdisciplinario de posgrado. El curso procura apoyar a jóvenes docentes e investigadores de universidades de América Latina en el diseño de módulos, sesiones formativas y agendas de investigación vinculados a la temática sobre el futuro del trabajo decente. Durante el desarrollo de la actividad se abordarán aspectos teóricos y conceptuales sobre el concepto de Trabajo Decente a la vez que se propiciará la adquisición de herramientas e instrumentos metodológicos propios de la actividad docente. Además de desarrollar y actualizar las competencias teóricas y metodológicas, el curso permitirá crear nuevas redes de colaboración y trabajo entre las universidades participantes.

 Grupo destinatario

Jóvenes docentes e investigadores universitarios egresados de las carreras de relaciones del trabajo, economía, sociología, ciencias políticas y afines, cuyas prácticas académicas y agendas de investigación estén relacionadas con el desarrollo económico-social y las relaciones sociolaborales.

Objetivos

El curso tiene por objeto apoyar a jóvenes docentes e investigadores de universidades de    

América Latina en el diseño de  módulos, sesiones formativas y agendas de investigación vinculados al futuro del trabajo decente. Durante el desarrollo de la actividad se abordarán aspectos teóricos y conceptuales sobre el concepto de Trabajo Decente a la vez que se propiciará la adquisición de herramientas e instrumentos metodológicos que permitan  mejorar el desempeño profesional de los jóvenes docentes e investigadores participantes. Además, el curso permitirá crear nuevas redes de colaboración y trabajo entre las universidades participantes. 

 Al final del curso, se espera que los/las participantes adquieran competencias para:

 • Identificar los desafíos críticos del mundo del trabajo en la actualidad y reflexionar sobre la diversidad de situaciones laborales en sus diferentes dimensiones y contextos regionales.

• Evaluar críticamente las políticas públicas sociolaborales y económicas tendientes al desarrollo equitativo de las sociedades futuras.

• Incorporar a las tareas de docencia e investigación la perspectiva del trabajo decente y su centralidad en los modelos de desarrollo.

•Diseñar módulos formativos que integren contenidos académicos y técnico-profesionales vinculados a la temática del futuro del trabajo decente.

• Diseñar e implementar acciones de formación basadas en enfoques metodológicos participativos.

• Aplicar nuevas metodologías y herramientas de formación adecuadas al ámbito universitario.

Además, con el curso, los participantes tendrán la posibilidad de:

• Intercambiar experiencias y conocimientos sobre buenas prácticas en la región latinoamericana.

• Constituir y formar parte de la red de jóvenes docentes e investigadores universitarios latinoamericanos interesados por el futuro del trabajo decente.

 

 Contenidos y actividades

Contenidos

El curso está compuesto por dos módulos interconectados, ofrecidos de forma alternada, combinando jornadas de metodologías del aprendizaje con jornadas dedicadas al futuro del trabajo decente

  • Módulo sobre metodologías del aprendizaje: el ciclo del aprendizaje y la formación, diseño curricular y de la actividad formativa según las necesidades del auditorio, selección y aplicación de metodologías de la formación, facilitación del aprendizaje presencial utilizando metodologías participativas e inclusivas.
  • Módulo sobre el futuro del trabajo decente, organizado en cuatro grandes ejes temáticos:

1. La sociedad de trabajo: el trabajo como mecanismo de autorealización, inclusión y garante de derecho; panorama laboral del mundo.

2. El futuro del trabajo decente: la visión de la OIT sobre el trabajo; las normas internacionales del trabajo; los nuevos nichos laborales (empleos verdes); economía social; empleo juvenil;  trabajo precario; dimensión de género.

3. Organización de la producción, cambio tecnológico y trabajo: cambios tecnológicos, productivos y su impacto en el empleo y en la sociedad; nuevas relaciones laborales; globalización y cadenas de valor.

4. Las políticas y las instituciones (gobernanza) del mundo laboral: el diálogo social y el tripartismo;   los desafíos de la negociación colectiva; políticas públicas y protección social.

 

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2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education
Jul
18
to Jul 19

2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education

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Launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is the largest organised relationship between the United Nations and business schools, with the PRME Secretariat housed in the UN Global Compact Office.

The mission of PRME is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values, such as the United Nations Global Compact's Ten Principles, and provide an engagement structure for academic institutions to advance social responsibility through incorporating universal values into curricula and research. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.

The PRME initiative serves as a framework for gradual, systemic change in business schools and management-related institutions, based on three distinctive characteristics of the initiative: continuing improvement, a learning network, and reporting progress to stakeholders. Reporting on progress by participant institutions to stakeholders through Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports is an essential part of the active commitment to PRME. SIP reporting provides information on progress achieved in the implementation of PRME, an opportunity for exchanging effective practices, and creates a learning community with other participating institutions.

View global participants list and profiles.

PRME is governed, along with the United Nations Global Compact, by a Steering Committee comprised of the main business school accreditation bodies, and specialised and regional associations. A PRME Advisory Committee composed of individuals from PRME signatory institutions and created in 2014, gives additional strategic advice to the PRME Steering Committee and the PRME Secretariat.

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Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum
Jul
18
6:00 AM06:00

Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum

Co-hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Global Compact, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Global Business Alliance for 2030, the SDG Business Forum will bring together leaders from business and government, heads of United Nations agencies, key international organizations and civil society groups. Following the success of last year’s inaugural forum, the second annual SDG Forum will convene during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at UN Headquarters on 18 July, 2017. The HLPF, which is held from 10-19 July in New York at UN Headquarters is an opportunity for business to report on key achievements and activities undertaken during this past year of SDG implementation and look at the role of business in catalyzing sustainable growth and development—from innovative approaches to financing through to reporting progress and new partnerships.

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Results Based Managament in public and International Organisations
Jun
12
to Jun 23

Results Based Managament in public and International Organisations

Description

Management is about achieving results. Organizations applying Results-Based Management (RBM) articulate their vision through a strategic plan operationalized through programmes and then projects. This course explores the elements of an integrated results-based management system built around a set of desired long-term, medium-term and short-term results and an array of intermediate deliverables and activities which need to be monitored in respect of time, scope, quality and cost. The training sessions focus on the practical application of RBM concepts and techniques, and on the development of an effective performance management system that can track actual achievements against planned strategy, programme and project objectives in real time.

Target audience

Directors and managers of public and private organizations, programme managers and planners, national project coordinators, performance auditors, and monitoring and evaluation specialists.

Content

Introduction to Results-Based Management

  • RBM concepts: origin, process and terminology
  • RBM: the latest developments 

Strategic Planning (or programming)

  • Major planning concepts and approaches to conduct a strategic planning exercise
  • Understanding of the organisational mandate, its key sectors of activity, strategic orientation and prioritization 
  • Building the programme results-chain from the relevant policies: priorities, outcomes, outputs and activities
  • Identification and validation of programme performance indicators
  • Setting a baseline: definition and validation of programme targets

Implementation Planning and Mid-term expenditures budgeting

  • Preparing an implementation plan: building the programme architecture
  • Programme budgeting and resource mobilization
  • Prioritization of projects under the programme
  • Programme Results-Oriented Matrix and Mid-Term Expenditures Framework (MTEF)
  • Linkages with the various national and sector working frameworks

Programme Implementation

  • Assessing country and institutional situation and definition of the implementation strategy: alignment, harmonisation and ownership 
  • Building the Monitoring and Evaluation System
  • Data collection
  • Management Information System
  • Reporting on results
  • Information sharing to improve decision-making 

Evaluation and Knowledge Management

  • The evaluation principles and function of the evaluation unit
  • Knowledge management and organisational learning

 

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OECD Forum
Jun
6
to Jun 7

OECD Forum

The 2017 Forum will place a central emphasis on the need for policies winning back the confidence of those who feel left behind, fearful of the impact of globalisation, increasing migration flows, and the unprecedented speed of technological development. 

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Leveraging global supply chains for sustainable development and decent work
Jun
5
to Jun 9

Leveraging global supply chains for sustainable development and decent work

 Description

Global supply chains (GSC) are the dominant feature of today's globalized economy. Integration into GSCs can contribute significantly to job creation, skills development and technology transfer. However, this does not occur automatically. Economic and social upgrading need to go hand in hand, but also to be carefully managed. Initiatives undertaken to create decent jobs have to be aware of global supply chains and how to get the most out of GSC participation. This course provides an entry point for understanding the dynamics of global supply chains (social and economic upgrading), issues of governance and policy development, and how, if managed properly, global supply chains can significantly contribute to sustainable development and the creation of decent work.

Target audience

Government officials, representatives of employers' and workers' organizations; policy-makers and professionals dealing with the labour aspects of enterprise development, trade and investment; private-sector representatives interested in the labour aspects of supply chain sustainability; ILO staff (field offices, projects and headquarters) whose work is related to labour rights in global supply chains, enterprise development and/or workplace compliance. Universities and civil society organizations.

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The Think 20 Summit Berlin: GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
May
29
to May 30

The Think 20 Summit Berlin: GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

To mark Germany’s G20 Presidency in 2017, the Think 20 Summit will take place in Berlin on May 29-30, in association with the Global Economic Symposium having GLOBAL SOLUTIONS as its motto.

GLOBAL SOLUTIONS–The Think 20 Summit 2017 Berlin

  • Will deliver relevant, applicable policy recommendations for G20 leaders following the successful pattern of the GES. In an adapted format and in cooperation with both existing and new partners, it will pursue a time-tested approach to formulate research-based, action-oriented policies and business strategies designed to tackle global problems.
  • Is mandated by the German G20 Presidency. Our goal: 20 Global Solutions for the G20, in addition to further Recommendations and Visions.
  • Will focus on G20 topics, such as the digital economy, climate policy and finance, or migration and refugees and convey Recommendations and Visions by the newly established Task Forces to international policy-makers.
  • Will be chaired by Dennis J. Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and GES founder,  and Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE, who co-chair the T20 think tank engagement group for the German G20 presidency.
  • Draws on the excellent intellectual network of the GES and the Council of Global Problem-Solving, bringing together the world’s leading G20 thinkers. Following the GES approach it will connect influential policy thinkers and makers from think tanks, academia, government, business, and international organizations, all striving for tangible solutions.
  • Is research-based, independent, focusing on facts, knowledge and hands-on experience. State-of-the-art research underpins all the sessions.
  • Is organized by the Kiel Institute in cooperation with the DIE, the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT Berlin) and the conference department of Tagesspiegel Publishing (part of D.v. Holtzbrinck Media - “Die Zeit”, “Handelsblatt”, “WirtschaftsWoche”).
  • Will continue to accompany the G20 process informally beyond 2017, through an annual symposium in Berlin under the motto "GLOBAL SOLUTIONS," to be chaired by Dennis J. Snower and organized by the Kiel Institute and its partners.

Conference Website: www.global-solutions.international

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European Business Summit
May
22
to May 23

European Business Summit

Building on its 17 years of experience and its extensive network of companies, associations, governments and NGOs from across all sectors; EBS is in a prime position to set-up a constructive and long lasting dialogue between academia, society and the business sector.

 

EBS Research Hub provides stakeholders with relevant research findings via analytical reports, workshops and roundtable discussions. At the same time, we encourage the development of applied research tackling concrete issues based on the real needs of society and industry. EBS Research Hub is a key partner to disseminate research findings and help foster a pragmatic university-industry- policy relation.

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Multinational Enterprises, Development and Decent Work
May
8
to May 13

Multinational Enterprises, Development and Decent Work

Overview

This course looks at the potential of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and national enterprises to contribute to respect for labour rights and the achievement of decent work for all. It will introduce participants to the guidance set out in the tripartite declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy (the "MNE Declaration") for enterprises, governments, employers and workers' organizations.

Programme

The course will consist of three modules:

Module I. MNEs, ILO instruments and other inter-governmental instruments and frameworks

  • The role of MNEs in economic and social development
  • Introduction to the ILO MNE Declaration
  • Other international instruments and frameworks: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, UN Global Compact, OECD MNE Guidelines
  • Roles and challenges of enterprises, governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations in promoting responsible, sustainable, and inclusive business practices

Module II. Workers’ rights and MNE impacts

  • Overview of rights set out in the MNE Declaration
  • Respecting workers’ rights: Company approaches and challenges
  • Government role: rule of law and law enforcement
  • Role of ILO constituents

Module III. MNE contribution to sustainable development

  • Approach set out in the MNE Declaration
  • Investment promotion
  • Infrastructure development
  • Skills development, local hiring and training
  • Business linkages with local SMEs
  • Aligning government and company policies for sustainable development
  • Sectoral approaches
  • Tripartite consultations on policy discussion related to socio-economic development, FDI and operations of MNEs
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Multinational Enterprises, Development and Decent Work
May
8
to May 12

Multinational Enterprises, Development and Decent Work

This course looks at the potential of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and national enterprises to contribute to respect for labour rights and the achievement of decent work for all. It will introduce participants to the guidance set out in the tripartite declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy (the "MNE Declaration") for enterprises, governments, employers and workers' organizations.

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Making Global Goals Local Business
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Making Global Goals Local Business

As we work together to develop new and innovative business models that are anchored in the Ten Principles and that will help to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Global Compact invites leaders from business, investors, labour groups, civil society, Governments, the United Nations and Global Compact Local Networks to join us in shaping the future of sustainable business leadership. 

On this journey, Making Global Goals Local Business – India will be the opportunity for UN Global Compact companies and other organizations to collaborate and jointly create the innovative solutions and platforms required to accelerate progress on the SDGs. With private sector awareness and action on the SDGs off to a strong start, this annual Forum will aim to challenge participants to move beyond incremental change in order to discover opportunities for breakthrough innovation and to deliver the more transformational change needed to successfully deliver on the 2030 Agenda. 

Through a combination of plenary and breakout sessions, Making Global Goals Local Business – India will bring the UN Global Compact's Ten Principles to life by showcasing innovative business and leadership practices that advance the SDGs. The programme will also feature a series of interactive sessions and networking opportunities designed to help participants connect with relevant stakeholders and inspire transformational progress at the local level.

Business for Inclusion

Building a future where “no one is left behind” is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a key objective of the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Empowering all people to be agents of change and contribute to sustainable development is essential to achieving the world we want.

However, people around the world continue to face discrimination based on factors such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability, among others, limiting their prospects of benefiting from and contributing to sustainable development. Further, widespread racial, religious and cultural intolerance and the rise of xenophobia present a major threat to peace, security and economic growth. Combatting discrimination and tackling the stereotypes and discourses that deepen patterns of hostility, mistrust and disrespect is a critical sustainable development priority that requires bold leadership and new thinking.

As employers, investors, innovators and influencers, business has both a stake and a role to play. The corporate responsibility to respect human rights includes the cross-cutting and internationally recognized principles of non-discrimination and equality. At the same time, put simply, inclusion is good business. Harmony between people within and among communities supports an open global business environment. Further, companies that value the diversity of their customers, employees, business partners and community stakeholders as a source of business insight, creativity and opportunity tend to outperform their peers. 

Business for Inclusion will explore the spectrum of ways that business can help end discrimination, promote equal opportunity and help build bridges between people and communities.

By building on the existing work of the United Nations Global Compact on inclusion, including the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), and leveraging its strong network of UN partners, expert organizations and Global Compact Local Networks, Business for Inclusion will help deepen understanding on what business can do to help achieve the SDGs and catalyze concrete action and partnerships to ensure that progress towards the SDGs narrows, rather than widens, inequality. 

Business for Inclusion is both an opportunity to learn and an opportunity to lead.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Thought leadership on the role of business in driving inclusion to advance sustainable development, reflecting the perspectives of leaders of participating businesses.
  2. 20+ companies launch new (or expand/strengthen existing) business practices or partnerships to advance inclusion and create opportunities for economically and socially excluded people.
  3. A minimum of three multi-stakeholder partnerships and/or collective action initiatives launched at the country-level in support of national SDG action plans and the achievement of targets related to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  4. A compendium of business “stories” on driving inclusion in the workplace, marketplace, community and society at large, highlighting effective approaches/strategies for maximizing impact (print and/or multi-media).
  5. A business-led advocacy effort to promote social cohesion and raise awareness of the economic and social benefits of diversity and inclusion, linking to and supporting UN commitment platforms, campaigns and messaging where possible.

Benefits of engaging

  • Be part of a network of fellow businesses and leading organizations from around the world that are committed to driving inclusion within and throughout business
  • Engage in a series of five Roundtables/Workshops to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and engagement with expert organization to help prioritize, expand and deepen your inclusion efforts
  • Share experiences, explore opportunities to partner and collaborate, and amplify your company’s inclusion story
  • Manage potential human rights and labour risks and expand the reach of your company’s inclusion efforts by launching new (or elevating existing) business practices and partnerships
  • Learn new strategies for creating systemic, cultural, and behavioural change that will enable inclusion initiatives to reach their intended mark
  • Demonstrate leadership by engaging employees and working with like-minded companies to create a business-led advocacy campaign to promote the social and economic benefits of inclusion
  • Connect your company’s inclusion efforts to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and identify opportunities to support implementation of the SDGs at the national level

Activities and Events

  • 26 or 27 April: Making Global Goals Local Business – India
    • Introductory Consultation on the Business for Inclusion Action Platform
  • September: UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017, New York 
    • Launch of the Business for Inclusion Action Platform

Expected outcomes (and other aspects) of this action platform may vary consistent with feedback obtained from our stakeholders during the course of the consultation process.

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The Gender Equality Forum 2017
Apr
3
to Apr 4

The Gender Equality Forum 2017

The Forum 2017 will provide an opportunity to take action along with fellow leaders from business, government, and the United Nations to scale up gender equality and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is co-hosted by the Global Compact Network Canada, the UN Global Compact and UN Women.

At the Forum particpants will:

  • Network with leaders in business, government, and UN agencies, and to explore opportunities for partnership and collective action.
  • Help set an "Action Agenda" to scale up efforts to advance gender equality, the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), and help achieve the Sustainable Development GoalsSDGs, especially SDG 5 which is focused on the empowerment of women and girls.
  • Learn how companies around the world are implementing the WEPs and taking concrete action to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.
  • Engage in peer-to-peer learning to identify and address key challenges and seize opportunities.
  • Find solutions and share innovative approaches, practical tools, and resources that can help companies achieve their gender equality goals.
  • Be inspired by fellow business leaders from Canada and across the globe – including women entrepreneurs and youth – who are challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers to gender equality.
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