UNGC Regional Meetings | Lisbon

6-8 November 2019

On November 6-8, our team attended the Eastern Europe & Middle East regional meetings that were held this year in Culturgest, at the Caixa Geral de Depositos, Lisbon, Portugal. The key themes for the 2019 meetings were manifested as regional and global priorities with an overarching ambition that remains to reinforce global-local collaboration within a unified Global Compact climate.

The 2019 Goals that were addressed in those meetings revolve around the following: creating more space for both learning and sharing experiences among the different local networks; advancing growth strategies and programmatic collaboration; strengthening the networks by focusing on proper resource utilization and process optimization to complement robust strategic planning.

During the three days, important workshops and discussions were held on the Young SDG Innovators Program (YSIP), Target Gender Equality, Value Proposition of regional collaboration, UN Relations & Country Team Engagement, implementing the 2020 Strategy, and reviewing the business model.

During the first day, our team attended several sessions on the Web-summit, which is the biggest Tech Platform in the world. As an educational opportunity, the Web-summit revealed how major Tech firms nowadays act responsibly in alignment with the criteria of Sustainable Transformation and the Theory of Change. 

At the Making Global Goals Local Business Iberia (Spain & Portugal) Forum, our Executive Director participated as a guest speaker in the panel ” The World We Want” to shed light on the challenges that the Middle East region has been facing with respect to the UN 2030 Agenda, and to discuss the promising progress that GCNL has demonstrated in the past 5 years.

Our team also attended the United Nations Global Compact Council Meetings held at that time in the presence of CEO & Executive Director of UNGC Ms. Lise Kingo, and Global Compact representatives from USA, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America to discuss the global strategy of 2020.

The Council meeting explored the Growth Strategy for 2019 and 2020, focused on enhancing the Value Proposition, and addressed the necessity of expanding and bolstering the Supply Chain. 

Local networks were encouraged to improve and clearly define their relationships with governments and other UN agencies. In Lebanon, we have been following through these footsteps, and this year we are launching a joint project with UN Women tailored to implementing the WEPs (Women Empowerment Principles). 

Finally, the Global Compact vision for 2020 can be summarized by the following initiatives:


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