Global Poverty Plans Demand Business Engagement For Success

Monday, May 23, 2005

The Business-led development organisation, the IBLF, has today warned that UN targets set to reduce global poverty, such as the UN Millennium Development Goals, will be jeopardised unless business becomes more engaged in the fight against poverty.
The claim comes as the IBLF prepares to open a senior level symposium entitled Business and Development – Business models for meeting development challenges, taking place this Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th May. The IBLF has partnered with the UNDP and the UN Global Compact for the event, following on from a previous pioneering symposium with both business executives and NGO held at Highgrove, the residence of HRH The Prince of Wales, in 2003.
Robert Davies, CEO of the IBLF will open proceedings this Tuesday alongside Georg Kell – Executive Head of The UN Global Compact Office, and Bruce Jenks – Director Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships, UNDP. Mr Davies said. ’While governments debate the challenges in meeting global development targets such as the UN Millennium Development Goals, the achievement of these remains unrealistic unless businesses of all sizes engage fully in bringing their skills, resources and economic development power to partnerships with NGOs and governments.’
Press release found here.

Source: IBLF