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Creating peaceful societies is not only a requisite for alleviating humanitarian crises but also fundamental in providing conducive environment for businesses to thrive.
Our aim is to scale-up private sector contributions and partnerships for the achievement of the SDGs and sustaining peace by sharing experiences, emerging practices and learning- with an emphasis on moving beyond anecdotal examples to systemic solutions.
More than 300 representatives from the business community, governments, NGOs, UN Global Compact Local Networks, academia, and the UN, are expected this year for the Business for Peace Event.
Do not miss this unique opportunity!
Join us this year in Cairo, Egypt, to explore how businesses can be a force for good
Our World Class Speakers
It is time for business to take concrete action to build peace and address the pressing humanitarian challenges. I am delighted that the B4P Annual Event is being graciously hosted by the Global Compact Network to address these important topics.
The Sustainable Development Goals are an opportunity for Governments, the private sector, the United Nations and civil society to build inclusive, prosperous and environmentally sustainable societies. The UN Secretary-General has espoused that the Sustainable Development Goals are deeply related to peace, since they are both precursors to and results of it. In other words, it is impossible to have sustainable development without peace, nor is it possible to have peace without sustainable development. In this panel discussion, the audience will explore various ways that companies can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals- with a particular focus on Goal 16.
Moderator: Ms. Mariam Farag, Head of CSR, Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC)
▪ Mr. Tunç Özkan Chief Executive Officer, Polaris International Industrial Parks
▪ Amb. Dr. Kheireldein Abdellatif, Former Assistant Foreign Minister, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of October 6 University
▪ Stephen Yong-Seung Park, Professor and Director, Kyung Hee University and Director, Institute for Peace through Commerce
▪ Ms. Olajobi Makinwa, Chief of Africa, UN Global Compact
▪ Ms. Lori Blaker, Chief Executive Officer, TTi Global
Peace is incredibly difficult to define and even more difficult to measure. The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has developed a framework for measuring peace, understanding the factors that create it and valuing increases in peacefulness. This presentation will focus on the Structures of Peace.
▪ Mr. Serge Stroobants, Director of Operations for Europe and the MENA Region, Institute for Economics & Peace
The scale, intensity and urgency of conflicts create immense humanitarian need, and the current humanitarian crises require action from all actors in society. According to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 80 percent of humanitarian needs are now linked to violent conflict, and according to United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), the global displacement figure for 2017 includes nearly 25.4 million refugees around the world. Given the historic year for the adaptation for the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees – what role can the business play? This session will explore the multitude of ways companies can take actions to address the humanitarian needs of conflict-affected populations – including internally displaced persons, refugees, and migrants.
Moderator: Ms. Alice Laugher, Chief Executive Officer, Committed To Good (CTG)
▪ Mr. Laurent De Boeck, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Egypt
▪ Ms. Mahira Hassan, Secretary General of Vodafone Egypt Foundation and the Sustainable Business Senior Manager of Vodafone Egypt
▪ Mr. Jock Mendoza, Director of International and Investor Relations, System Capital Management
▪ Mr. Karim Atassi, Representative, UNHCR Egypt
▪ Representative, World Food Programme Egypt
“We can’t manufacture peace, but we can make peace with our environment”
The #PeaceDove campaign showcases how the private sector can scale up commitment to the achievement of the Global Goals and can create partnerships for peace. NRS International, a relief and mosquito net supplier to UN and aid agencies, launched an awareness campaign on World Peace Day (21 November 2018) that focused on the power of responsible production, sustainability, circular economy (SDG12), gender equality (SDG5) and Business for Peace (SDG16). In this skills amplification program, women stitchers created toy doves made from upcycled waste material from blanket and tarpaulin production, which are normally used by refugees around the world.
▪ Ms. Wieke de Vriesg, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, NRS International
Participants will choose one of the following parallel sessions which will offer an opportunity for more focused discussions on specific challenges.
Early estimates show that it will take US$ 5-7 trillion of annual public and private investment globally into sectors as wide ranging as education, clean energy, agriculture, and health to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.. There is also overwhelming evidence of the cost of conflict to the economy — in 2016, the economic impact of violence was US$ 14.3 trillion in purchasing power parity, equivalent to over 12% of global GDP. The scale of investments needed to create these opportunities is immense in which this session will explore innovative financing mechanism that can support in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and more peaceful societies.
Moderator: Dr. Dalia Abdel Kader, General Manager and Director of Sustainability & Marketing Communications, Arab African International Bank
▪ Ms. Hanna Helmy, Chief Executive Officer, EFG-Hermes Foundation
▪ Mr. J.J. Messner, Fund for Peace
▪ Ms. Dina El Mofti, Founder and CEO, Injaz Egypt
▪ Mr. Amr Abouelazm, Chairman and Co-founder, Tamweely Micro Finance company
▪ Mr. Mohamed Fahmy Attala, Vice Chairman – Logic Management Consulting
There is an estimated 258 million international migrants around the world today, of which 150 million are workers. Approximately 25 million people are victims of forced labor globally and operate in precarious working environments. These groups are among the most vulnerable to exploitation and basic human right violations, in the form of racial discrimination, unfair treatment, unequal wages, restrictions on fundamental rights and freedom, and in the worst cases, to even slavery and human trafficking. This session will explore how business around the world and across economic sectors, including the recruitment industry itself, can play an essential role in addressing this risk of labor exploitation and human right abuses in their own operations and supply chains while advancing the Sustainable Development Goal 8.8. Additionally, the discussion will focus on proactive approaches to ethical recruitment and supply chain management that can help companies in achieving stronger and more motivated workforce, while facilitating better integration of migrant workers.
Special Presentation: International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS)
▪ Ms. Marwa Mostafa, Capacity Building Coordinator at the Labour Mobility and Human Development Department (LHD), IOM Egypt
Women are disproportionately impacted by instability and are often left out of efforts to achieve and sustain peace. Women and girls can experience increased risk to their security and wellbeing, including: fewer resources to protect themselves and their families; vulnerability to sexual violence including as a tactic of war; loss of economic opportunities leading to displacement and poverty; and deteriorated health and sanitation facilities and services. To create peaceful solutions to benefit all, it is critical to ensure women’s equal and full participation and economic empowerment during the peacebuilding process. Companies, in such areas, can contribute positively by minimizing the negative impacts of business operations on women, proactively investing in women’s socioeconomic empowerment, and working in tandem with government and stakeholders.
The session will explore business actions that companies can undertake to incorporate the gender perspective into their processes to better respond to gender-specific needs and unlock the full potential of women as agents of change.
Moderator: Dr. Yehia Elhusseiny, Corporate Governance Officer Middle East and North Africa, International Finance Corporation
▪ Ms. Reem Assad, Chief Executive Officer, Raya Data Center
▪ Ms. Nahla Kamel, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestle Egypt
▪ Ms. Shereen Shaheen, Head Regional Corporate Affairs for North Africa, Pakistan, Levant & Egypt Microsoft
▪ Ms. Maisa Galal, Chief Human Resources Officer, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt
During this session, moderators from the three breakout segments will have the opportunity to provide a high-level overview of the discussions and key outcomes. An emphasis will be placed on action items to advance the topics. Additionally, participants will be able to hear about the opportunity to engage in the side sessions of day two of the event.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), almost 74 million young people (15-24) were unemployed in 2014, and youth unemployment is especially high in conflict-affected countries. Lack of educational and employment opportunities undermine broader economic development and social stability. Businesses can present opportunities for youth to engage locally through supporting entrepreneurial ventures and peace initiatives. This session will explore examples of how business can have a transformational impact through investments in education, social entrepreneurship, and employment of young people.
▪ Mr. Yannick du Pont, Director, SPARK
▪ Mr. Abdelrahman Ayman, Global President of AIESEC International, Youth Advocate, Global Goals Keeper, and a Social Entrepreneur
▪ Ms. Weaam El-Leith, Adolescent Development Officer, United Nations Children’s Fund in Egypt
▪ Ms. Yasmine EL Hagry, Deputy Executive Director, Wataneya Society
Cities already accommodate over half the world’s population and 70% of all people on the planet will live in urban areas by 2050. Although urbanization generates economic wealth, cities across the world are also experiencing rising levels of inequality and youth unemployment. The session will showcase how multi-stakeholder collaboration and investments in urban areas can act as a development ‘multiplier’, enabling cities to achieve sustainable growth that drives poverty reduction, inclusive prosperity, peace and security, and a safe and healthy environment.
Moderator: Dr. Khaled M. Abdelhalim, Assistant Professor of Urban Policy, AUC
▪ Dr. Allan Wain, Investment Committee member for Crescent Wealth
▪ Mr. Ragy Saro, Egypt UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – resilient cities context and MENA case studies
▪ Mr. Mostafa Al Hassan, Chief Executive Officer, Global Consolidated Contractors
▪ Dr. Sarah El Battouty, Chairman & Founder of E Consult, Senior advisor for the Egyptian Presidency on Sustainability
▪ Mr. Ahmed Kamal Abdel Monem, Executive Director of the Environmental Compliance Office and Sustainable Development
This session will bring together stakeholders from academia, civil society and the private sector to share lessons learned in responsible business practices in high-risk and conflict-affected areas, and discuss best practices in the MENA region of MNCs and SMEs and the way they contribute to sustainable peace.
The session aims to strengthen and grow the PRME B4P community, to increase the learning from existing research on B4P and related topics, and to facilitate interaction between the different stakeholder groups, including practitioners in higher education and business.
This collaborative session will explore opportunities for applied research on business’ contributions to peace, which can help to establish what business practices contribute most directly to peace and will debate how to further integrate the topic of business for peace into management education.
Moderator: Mr. Hasan Youness, University Professor, Author and Global Compact Network Lebanon Strategic Advisor
▪ Mr. John Katsos, Head of Sustainability and Associate Professor of Management, American University of Sharjah
▪ Mr. Mark van Dorp, Independent Consultant on Private Sector, Conflict and Peace and Guest Lecturer, University of Amsterdam
This session will offer practical suggestions for companies operating in violent or volatile environments and seeking to adopt a conflict-sensitive approach to their operations. The session will also identify a range of concrete actions that governments and International organizations can undertake to better assist private sector efforts in promoting conflict-sensitive business practices. Workshop is targeted to company participants.
Moderator: Dr. Farid Hegazy, UN Peacebuilding Support Office
The early moments of life offer an unparalleled opportunity to build the brains of the children who will build the future.
Well-designed investments in early childhood education and care services can have major economic and social pay-offs for families, individuals and societies at large by: (a) facilitating women’s labour force participation, (b) enhancing children’s capabilities and (c) creating decent jobs in the paid care sector. The cost of investing in early childhood development is surprisingly affordable because many early childhood interventions can be integrated into existing services. The rate of return on investing in early childhood programmes can be about 13.7 per cent.
Now, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present an opportunity for more children to survive – and thrive. With this global agenda comes the responsibility to act. We have the science, knowledge and experience. Now, it is up to us to invest in children’s brains and their futures.
This session aims to initiate dialogue between private and public sector on critical interventions needed to support early childhood development.
Moderator: Mr. Oliver Petrovic, Chief of Child Survival and Early Development Section, United Nations Children’s Fund Egypt Country Office
In the framework of the Regional Development and Protection Programme–North Africa (RDPP-NA) and co- funded by the European Commission, International Organization for Migration has partnered with a host of actors within the private sector as well as NGOs to: To promote community cohesion, tolerance and diversity between migrants and local communities hosting them and to strengthen their resilience by increasing their employability, entrepreneurship and livelihood opportunities (including access to health services) through a series of local interventions facilitated by IOM’s partners. Ultimately, these interventions promote peace through, inter alia, the work of businesses and the promotion of business opportunities. In this workshop and in an effort to promote knowledge-sharing and good practices, key actors will present the work, achievements as well as challenges faced in the implementation of their activities with the RDPP- NA context.
Moderator : Mr. Hugo Augusto-Tavares, Labour Mobility and Human Development (LHD) Head of Unit at International Organization for Migration
▪ Mr. Amr El Amrousy, Expertise Consultancy House CEO
▪ Ms. Amira Elmallah, Safarni Managing Director
▪ Mr. Hany Fawzy, Step2Future Managing Partner
▪ Ms. Sarah Chawky, Innovety Consultant
▪ Mr. Salem Massalha, Bassita Co-founder
In many countries around the world, sectarian conflicts can paralyze the society’s potential to grow and to develop. However, Businesses can play a very effective role in promoting inter-faith understanding as a substantial condition for peaceful social coexistence. Business can often be at the forefront of creating space where people from different cultures and religions can meet and cooperate. When companies are sensitive to religious and cultural issues around them, they can strengthen their social license and increase employee morale and productivity, while addressing difficult social needs at the same time. Beside being a moral commitment, promoting interfaith understanding is also important for business in terms of financial profit because it makes the work environment healthier and more productive.
During this workshop, the audience will explore how businesses can effectively uphold interfaith understanding within the communities in which they operate by providing examples and best practices from different countries.
Moderator: Mr. Brian Grim, President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
▪ Dr. Cornelis Hulsman, General Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation (CIDT)
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