In recognition of their contribution to people's well-being locally and around the world, Auburn University's College of Human Sciences honored Howard G. Buffett and Tim Cook at the annual International Quality of Life Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in New York City.
Welcome to the Global Partnerships Forum - a unique platform bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors to address global challenges, through mutually beneficial partnerships. Building on the vision and leadership of Secretary-General H.E. BAN Ki-moon, we work closely with the UN family and other international institutions to engage state and non-state actors to develop high-impact collaborations. These innovative partnerships promote economic growth and foster greater prosperity around the world.
In 1997 when Ted Turner committed US$1 billion to support UN causes, it became clear that the needs of the underprivileged could not be solved unilaterally, but require multiple constituencies to collaborate in support of common goals. This was the genesis of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Model: using the expertise of the private sector, normative leadership of the public sector, and successful delivery mechanisms of civil society.
Our mission moves beyond aid to economic empowerment in emerging markets. One flagship partnership is the Pearl Initiative, a private sector-led organization to create a greater culture of transparency and accountability in the Gulf region. Using new avenues and leadership models, and by encouraging Personal Social Responsibility, we collaborate with business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors, and thought leaders from all sectors – to encourage long term investments that also promote social good and work towards the Millennium Development Goals.
The challenges are enormous, as are the opportunities. Using the power of partnerships, we look forward to working with you on a broad range of sustainable development strategies, to invest in people for social change.
We invite you to join us in this collective effort and warmly welcome your expertise and engagement.
Founder, Global Partnerships Forum
• Access to GPF Global Membership Network, including best practices and lessons learned
• Participation in exclusive GPF Roundtables Preferential admission to GPF Events
• Regular updates on GPF initiatives and new partnership concepts. Access to high-impact projects, including socially responsible business models
• Facilitate targeted high-level dialogues with potential partners
• Advocacy, outreach, and resource mobilization strategies