UN / GLOBAL COMPACT

01-Nov-2007 00:02:19
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chairs the fourth board meeting of the United Nations Global Compact. The Global Compact is a framework for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. UNTV
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STORY: UN / GLOBAL COMPACT
TRT: 2.19
SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 1 NOVEMBER 2007, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations headquarters

1 NOVEMBER 2007, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shaking hand with delegates in meeting
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman Anglo-American plc:
"The Global Compact itself cannot monitor and read every report, this is simply impossible we would need an enormous staff. But provided these reports are published and they are open to scrutiny, to attack, to questioning to commendation by civil society organizations. So it's the transparency which gives the world and the financial institutions a lever with which to use these reports."
4. Cutaway, press and delegates
SOUNDBITE (English) Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman Anglo-American plc:
"One of our former board members Fred Higgs at the Unions,alway said that the Global Compact is intended to be an instrument of improvement it's not an instrument of punishment. The object is to get companies to commit and actually to improve, it's not just for the choir it's for the whole broad church including all the sinners."
5. Cutaway, press and delegates
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Jose Sergio Gabrielli, President and CEO of Petrobras in Brazil:
"I think that's a big challenge that we have right now. We have to not to jeopardize the food production or increase the food price. But the other way to do that is to have a planning, a zoning planning and to have a the best more efficient way to produce ethanol. We know that ethanol from corn is not a good way to produce ethanol, but we know that ethanol from sugar cane is a good way to produce ethanol."
7. Cutaway, press and delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Habiba Al Marashi, Chair of the Emirates Environmental Group, United Arab Emirates:
"The UN Global Compact is relatively new entrant on the global scene. So we really have to push the message out there to engage the private sector as we are trying to get the private sector to be the leaders, lead players in this process and it is something that will take time. But at the same time, we want to avoid free riders. So yes, there should be some sort of measures for accountability."
9. Wide shot, press and delegates
STORYLINE
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chaired the fourth board meeting of the United Nations Global Compact today at headquarters in New York.

Following the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Global Compact Sir Martin Moody-Stuart said that it was impossible for the Global Compact to read and monitor every report and that transparency would give the world and financial institutions, "a lever with which to use these reports." When asked if a country should be expelled from the compact for human rights violations, he quoted his former colleague, Fred Higgs, saying the compact is intended as an instrument of improvement, not punishment.

Asked about a recent comment by a rapporteur on the Right to Food who said that biofuels was a crime against humanity, the President of Petrobras, Brazil, Jose Sergio Gabrielli said it was a big challenge and that his company would try not to jeopardize food production or the increase in food price.

And Chair of the Emirates Environmental Group Habiba Al Marashi said that the Global Compact was new to the world and that the focus should be on engaging the private sector to be the lead players in the process, "free riders" should be avoided and there should be measures of accountability.

The Global Compact is a framework for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
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