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Seminar Jointly Hosted by the GC-JN and the United Nations Information Centre / Corporate Efforts Towards Achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Press Release 09-047-E 2009.10.14

The international community has been tasked with achieving eight development goals, such as halving the proportion of people in extreme poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability, in order to address issues of global importance in the 21st century. Called the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they are targets to be achieved by the year 2015.

In partnership with the Global Compact Japan Network (GC-JN), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) is to host a seminar on corporate efforts towards achieving the MDGs on Tuesday, 20 October at the United Nations University Headquarters Building (UN House) in Shibuya, Tokyo. Representatives of UN agencies will be on hand to report on current progress in achieving the MDGs and introduce examples of initiatives being undertaken by the UN and companies. There will also be a panel discussion on action by companies.

Sustained action from now until the 2015 deadline will lead to impressive results. This seminar represents an opportunity for the UN and companies to come together in thinking about what they can do, so we hope that a wide range of people will attend.

Title: Seminar on Corporate Efforts Towards Achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Time/Date:14:00-16:10, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 (a reception is planned for after the seminar)
Venue:Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall (5th floor), United Nations University Headquarters Building (UN House)
Hosted by:United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the Global Compact Japan Network (GC-JN)
Cooperated by:UN agencies
Languages:Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation will be available)
Registration:Persons wishing to attend should register to do so by Friday, 16 October using the attached fax reply form or by email. If the maximum number of participants is reached, no further registrations will be accepted, and applicants will only be contacted if the maximum number of participants is reached. Successful applicants will not be issued with entry passes. Participation is free of charge, and the maximum number of participants is 110 persons.

Programme

14:00Opening address from Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, United Nations

14:10Part 1: Current progress in achieving the MDGs, initiatives by UN agencies, and collaboration with companies

Presenting organizations:(in order of presentation)

-International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Japan
-United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Tokyo Office
-United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Tokyo Office
-United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Tokyo Office
-United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan
-United Nations University (UNU)
-United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific – Fukuoka
-United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Investment and Technology Promotion Office  (UNIDO ITPO), Tokyo

15:10Part 2: Panel discussion on action by companies to achieve the MDGs

Moderator: Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, United Nations

Panelists:Mr. Toshiaki Matsushita, General Manager, Marketing Department, Vector Control Division, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
Mr. Shun-ichi Murata, Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Tokyo Office
Mr. Naoki Ohkuma, Deputy General Manager, Environmental Engineering Division, Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd.
Mr. Takehiro Nakamura, Director, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

15:55Q&A

16:05Closing address from Mr. Toshio Arima, Chairman, Global Compact Board Japan)

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Address to event@untokyo.jp Subject: Corporate Efforts Towards Achieving MDGs
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*Information provided in the form will be handled with care and will be used solely for the purpose of managing the meeting.

Inquiry: United Nations Information Centre Tel: 03-5467-4451