Last update 1 November 2012
Council Dialogue Agenda
Challenges and Opportunities in Trade and Employment, Food and Nutrition Security and a Responsible Global Investment Framework
Geneva, 10h00 to 16:00, 13 November 2012
The Council for Multilateral Business Diplomacy is hosting a series of unique multi-stakeholder meetings to discuss the evolving role of business in development, a role that is changing with increased recognition of the positive contributions that businesses can make not only in the implementation of the policies and projects of development, but also in the processes of planning and prioritizing projects and establishing partnerships for development. On 13 November, the central feature of our Council Dialogue will be a luncheon visit with Ann Tutwiler, the new Director of the FAO Office in Geneva. We will start the day with a briefing and visit to the Governing Body of the International Labour organization for the debates on global economic prospects for the rest of 2012 and 2013 and on trade and employment in the Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization. In the afternoon, we will have updates from UNCTAD on the new Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development and from UNDP on private sector outreach on the consultations for the post-2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
10h00 Morning Session: Briefing and Debates on Global Economic Prospects for 2013 and on Trade and Employment
CMBD members will receive a briefing on global economic prospects for the rest of 2012 and 2013, comparing the data from the IMF, the OECD, the World Bank, UNCTAD and the ILO. The recent cooperation among the WTO, the ILO and OECD on research and analysis of the relationship between trade and employment will also be discussed in this morning session. Members will have the opportunity to sit in on the opening statements on behalf of governments, workers and employers in the Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization.
12h30 Luncheon Session: The New FAO Approach to International Organizations and the Private Sector in Geneva
Ann Tutwiler, the new Director of the FAO Office in Geneva, with a broadened mandate to include both the international organizations and the World Economic Forum, as well as outreach more generally to the private sector, will meet with CMBD members over lunch. Topics for discussion will include the various business initiatives to support the advancement of food and nutrition security and the momentum for negotiating Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment in the Committee for World Food Security. Updates on the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement and the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge will also be on the agenda.
14h30 Afternoon Session: Changing Perspectives on Investment and Competitiveness.
In this session we will engage in a dialogue with representatives from UN agencies (James Zhan from UNCTAD invited and Najat Rochdi from UNDP) on the evolving Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development at UNCTAD and the outreach to the private sector by UNDP on the preparations for the post-2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information, please contact CMBD