Local Networks in Europe Convene

(Rome) – The Global Compact Local Networks in Europe convened over three days for a Regional Meeting and sustainability conference – both focused on Rio+20 – as well as a training session and meeting of the Global Compact Local Network Italy. During the events a best practices publication was launched. Titled: The European UN Global Compact Companies Towards Rio+20: A Best Practices Collection, the resource contains 49 corporate sustainability case studies from 15 European countries.

The sustainability conference entitled Public-Private Joint Efforts Towards Rio+20 was hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Local Network. The opening session sought to set an agenda for Rio+20 and beyond. Three thematic sessions followed, which addressed food security and sustainable agriculture; green jobs and social inclusion; and sustainable cities.

Approximately 150 participants, including Local Networks, Italian businesses and NGOs, were present at the conference, and notable speakers and attendees included Ambassador Giandomenico Magliano, Director of Globalization for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Professor Marco Frey, Italian Global Compact Local Network Representative; Diana Battaggia, Director, UNIDO; Paolo Soprano of the Bureau for the preparatory process of Rio+20; and Vincenzo Scotti of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the Regional Meeting of Local Networks in Europe, participants discussed preparations for Rio+20, learned about recent activities of the Global Compact Office, and identified issues and challenges as well as best practices specific to Europe. The meeting was attended by 40 participants representing 18 Local Networks: Russia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Serbia, Ukraine, Netherlands, France, Spain, Nordic Countries, the United Kingdom, Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Additionally, a training session on the Communication on Progress and Management Model was held. The training specifically focused on implementing the Global Compact 10th principle against corruption and was attended by approximately 50 participants. Finally, the Italian Local Network held its annual meeting at ENI headquarters where a new steering committee was elected.


Walid Nagi
Regional Network Manager – MENA and Europe