SOURCE: United Nations Global Compact
New York, February 15, 2013 /3BL Media/ — The UN Global Compact announced today the appointment of Brice Lalonde to the honorary role of Special Advisor on Sustainable Development.
Mr. Lalonde will work with the Global Compact Office to develop close relationships and opportunities for collaboration with Governments and other stakeholders on sustainable development and follow-up to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). He will assist in making the case for corporate sustainability and act as an advocate of Global Compact issue platforms on environment, in particular Caring for Climate, the world’s largest climate action platform for business.
Prior to his recent position of UN Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Mr. Lalonde served as French Ambassador for climate change, French Minister for the Environment, Chairman of the Round Table for Sustainable Development at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Senior Adviser for the Environment to the French Government. In addition, he held the position of Director of the Paris office of the Institute for a European Environment Policy. Mr. Lalonde has also worked for non-governmental organisations, like Friends of the Earth.
“As the UN Global Compact enters an exceptional phase of growth and development elevating the role of corporate sustainability as an important contribution to the sustainable development agenda, we are privileged to work with Mr. Lalonde and draw on his expertise,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.
Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. As a multi-stakeholder leadership initiative, it seeks to align business operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With 7,000 corporate signatories in 135 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. unglobalcompact.org
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