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The Mid-Week Catch Up #3

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

Leading voices from the United Nations, Government, business and academia will exchange knowledge, take stock of progress, highlight areas for greater influence, and inspire collective action to make lasting change.

This year’s @UN Global Compact Leaders Summit is taking place virtually on June 15th and 16th, with a focus on collective #climateaction.

 15-16 June 2021 — A 26 Hour Digital Experience

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The Speakers

Among the many amazing business leaders from the private sector, NGOs, government and UN officials that will grace the screens they will have:

Roberto Marques, Chief Executive Officer of Natura.

Here he is, speaking at the 2019 Global Compact Leader Summit at the UN in New York.

Roberto Marques is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Group CEO of Natura &Co, a purpose-driven beauty group of iconic brands including Avon, Natura, The Body Shop, and Aesop. Roberto joined Natura in 2016, leading the transformation of the Natura &Co Group to a true global, multi-brand, omnichannel business with a unique direct to consumer, relationship selling approach, following the acquisition of The Body Shop, and more recently Avon Inc.

Before that he served as EVP / President for North America at Mondeléz International. For more than 25 years, Roberto worked for Johnson & Johnson, serving in a number of senior executive roles, working and living in countries including Brazil, Colombia, United Kingdom, and the United States.

He is a Board Member of the United Nations Global Compact and serves as its sole representative from Latin America. At Natura &Co he collaborates with key international stakeholders and leads the Group’s work supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

He is also a member at the Advisory Foundation Board of the USTA. He has served as Board member to the Consumer Health Care Products Association (CHPA), to Enactus, the world’s largest experiential learning platform, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Brazil-U.S. Business Committee in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Roberto was born in São Paulo, Brazil, studied at Colégio Santa Cruz and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo (FGV-SP).

Silvia Marimoto 

Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Mrs. Morimoto is the Resident Representative in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Paraguay from 1 April 2019. Silvia is a senior development practitioner with 25 years of professional experiences in international development assistance management.

She holds a post graduate degree in Business Administration (Fundação Getúlio Vargas) and a graduate degree in Accounting (Centro Universitario de Brasília). Ms. Morimoto served as Country Director in UNDP Argentina (2018-2019) and as Senior Country Advisor in UNDP Myanmar (2017).

She was previously Chief of Staff and Strategic Planning and Oversight of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia and the Pacific (RBAP) based in NY (2012-2017). Before that, she served as the Deputy Country Director in UNDP China (2009-2012), and from 2004 to 2009, Silvia worked in BDP (Bureau for Development Policy) as the Chief of the Programme Support Unit. Prior to her international career, Silvia worked for UNDP Brazil, UNFPA Brazil, and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency project.

Brita Niemeyer

Lead Global Business Integrity Programme, Transparency International Office

Britta Niemeyer is Lead Global Business Integrity Programme at Transparency International Secretariat. She is a German lawyer and has been working in various compliance functions domestically and abroad for more than 15 years. In former positions, she was Chief Compliance Officer in one of the world`s leading logistics companies, and an international industrial service provider.

Main tasks included the design, development, and management of group wide integrity & compliance programs with a focus on anti-bribery, anti-corruption (U.S. FCPA, UK Bribery Act) and antitrust.

Her roles implied regular updates, progress reports and meetings with authorities in the U.S., Brazil, and Europe. She was counterpart of Independent Compliance Monitors appointed by foreign authorities. She has a legal background and 19 years of experience in the field. In particular, during her time as Chief Compliance Officer in various companies, she was involved in the development and management of a global Ethics & Compliance programme, with a focus on anti-bribery, anti-corruption (U.S. FCPA, UK Bribery Act) and antitrust.

During this time, she also held the Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee, composed of the Board and the Head of Internal Audit and Group General Counsel, and the Chait of the Independent Allegations Management Committee, composed of the Group General Counsel, Head of Internal Audit and Chief Human Resources Officer, to assess allegations and investigative results.

Maher Nasser

Director of the Outreach Division, UN Department of Global Communications

Maher Nasser has over 33 years of work experience in the United Nations System during which he has worked in Gaza, Jerusalem, Amman, Vienna, Cairo and New York.

He is currently the Director of Outreach in the United Nations Department of Global Communications and the Commissioner-General of the United Nations at Expo 2020 in Dubai. In his current position, he leads the Department’s engagement with civil society, academia and the creative community, including the advertising industry. He served in a personal capacity on the first SDG Cannes Lions Jury in 2018 and on the Sustainable Development Pencil Jury in 2020. In February 2021, he joined AdWeek’s Sustainability Council as an Adviser.

Margaret Molloy 

Global CMO, Siegel+Gale

Margaret Molloy is Global CMO at Siegel+Gale, the global brand strategy, design and experience firm behind the "simple is smart" ethos. With unlimited imagination and a dedication to the facts, Siegel+Gale builds brands that cut through the clutter—and unlock success for clients. For over fifty years, the firm has partnered with the world's leading corporations, nonprofits and government organizations to build brand experiences that are remarkably clear and unexpectedly fresh. In other words, simple.

Margaret’s strengths as a connector and moderator have made her a highly influential CMO. Since the COVID lockdown hit, she has hosted 100+ leading CMOs as panelists and 1,000s of guests from across the globe for the Siegel+Gale Future of Branding series.

The conversations are available on Margaret’s “How CMOs Commit” podcast. She was honored as The Drum B2B Marketer of the Year and a Marketing Society Fellow. A thought leader, she has been published in HBR, Fast Company, Forbes, and more and is a sought-after moderator and podcast contributor. She is consistently recognized as one of the top CMOs on Twitter (@MargaretMolloy). She was previously SVP Marketing at professional network Gerson Lehrman Group and led teams at Siebel Systems (now Oracle). Margaret is the founder of WearingIrish, a passion project to tell the untold story of Irish fashion design. Margaret has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and La Universidad de Valladolid, Spain. She is a native of Ireland and lives in Manhattan.

UNICEF Asia: Innovation That Delivers

By Maya Plentz

The UN Brief interviewed Thomas Davin, Global Innovation Director, to speak about how they have reviewed their innovation initiatives to focus on delivering educational tools that address the immediate needs of children and adolescents in post-conflict areas, post-pandemic, and in developing economies. 

UNICEF embarked on a global evaluation of their innovation programs in the last two years, looking to think in a more disciplined way, meaning, identifying the challenges and then seeking the solutions instead of just “letting at thousand flowers bloom”. We spoke about how they are using AI and machine learning, and how they are bringing children worldwide to the digital age with a program in partnership with Microsoft and Cambridge University, the Learning Passport. 

UNICEF is also working with the International Telecommunication Union to deliver connectivity to schools all over the world, through the Giga Connect project. These and many other initiatives are underway. From drones to deliver medication in remote areas the after extreme weather events, to computers and digital tools to bring schools to the 21rst Century, UNICEF is leveraging private sector partnerships for the greater good and in this way accomplishing its mission towards children and adolescents everywhere.

“1.6 billion children having been affected by school closures. We’re talking about 463 million children without remote learning, 150 million more in poverty than before, and 200 million people likely to be displaced due to climate change. We need to really be a lot more disciplined, a lot more focused, a lot more driven.”


Thursday June 10th

Source: ILO

The International Labour Organization and UNICEF Latest Report: 160 Million Children in Child Labour Worldwide 

Today ILO and UNICEF launch the report Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward - to mark the World Day Against Child Labour on 12th June – ILO warns that progress to end child labour has stalled for the first time in 20 years, reversing the previous downward trend that saw child labour fall by 94 million between 2000 and 2016.

The report points to a significant rise in the number of children aged 5 to 11 years in child labour, who now account for just over half of the total global figure. The number of children aged 5 to 17 years in hazardous work – defined as work that is likely to harm their health, safety or morals – has risen by 6.5 million to 79 million since 2016. 

“The new estimates are a wake-up call. We cannot stand by while a new generation of children is put at risk,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. “Inclusive social protection allows families to keep their children in school even in the face of economic hardship. Increased investment in rural development and decent work in agriculture is essential. We are at a pivotal moment and much depends on how we respond. This is a time for renewed commitment and energy, to turn the corner and break the cycle of poverty and child labour.”

In sub-Saharan Africa, population growth, recurrent crises, extreme poverty, and inadequate social protection measures have led to an additional 16.6 million children in child labour over the past four years. 

Key findings in the report :               

  • The agriculture sector accounts for 70 per cent of children in child labour (112 million) followed by 20 per cent in services (31.4 million) and 10 per cent in industry (16.5 million). 

  • Nearly 28 per cent of children aged 5 to 11 years and 35 per cent of children aged 12 to 14 years in child labour are out of school. 

  • Child labour is more prevalent among boys than girls at every age. When household chores performed for at least 21 hours per week are taken into account, the gender gap in child labour narrows. 

  • The prevalence of child labour in rural areas (14 per cent) is close to three times higher than in urban areas (5 per cent).

Children in child labour are at risk of physical and mental harm. 

Child labour compromises children’s education, restricting their rights and limiting their future opportunities, and leads to vicious inter-generational cycles of poverty and child labour.

To reverse the upward trend in child labour, the ILO and UNICEF are calling for: 

  • Adequate social protection for all, including universal child benefits.

  • Increased spending on quality education and getting all children back into school - including children who were out of school before COVID-19.

  • Promotion of decent work for adults, so families don’t have to resort to children helping to generate family income.

  • An end to harmful gender norms and discrimination that influence child labour. 

  • Investment in child protection systems, agricultural development, rural public services, infrastructure and livelihoods.

As part of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, the global partnership Alliance 8.7, of which UNICEF and ILO are partners, is encouraging member States, business, trade unions, civil society, and regional and international organizations to redouble their efforts in the global fight against child labour by making concrete action pledges. 

During a week of action from 10 – 17 June, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore will join other high-level speakers and youth advocates at a high-level event during the International Labour Conference to discuss the release of the new global estimates and the roadmap ahead. 

At the UN in New York

Food Systems Summit 2021 - Global Dialogue

The Food Systems Summit Dialogue examined the relationship between food/biodiversity/climate, to build on existing efforts and ensure synergies with international processes that address climate, biodiversity, and desertification.

We interviewed Mr. Zitouni Ould Dada, Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, to speak about the impact of agriculture, both agribusiness and small holder farmers, on food systems and climate change.

Before joining FAO, he worked as Head of Technology Unit at UNEP in Paris for 5 years. Prior to that, he worked for the British Government for 15 years holding several senior positions at Department of Energy and Climate Change; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Food Standards Agency; Environment Agency; and Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. He also worked for the French government on international climate change during France Presidency of the European Union in 2008.

Thursday June 10th

Our friends at PassBlue gave us the heads-up on the agenda for the US Permanent Representative at the UN.