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Plenary speakers will include Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik; Mario Conejo Maldonado, Mayor of Otavalo, Ecuador; Louis Willem "Tex" Gunning, President of Unilever Bestfoods, Asia; and Noeleen Heyzer, the first Executive Director from the South to head the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
Global leaders to examine new approaches to global problems at University for a Night 2004
The Synergos Institute will convene more than 400 world leaders from all sectors of society -- business, government and civil society -- at its annual University for a Night (www.universityforanight.org) event in New York on November 16, 2004. In an evening of strategic and substantive discussion, participants will debate how best to address the multiple and interconnected social and economic challenges that threaten peace and prosperity. Participants will meet over dinner for focused discussions on specific topics under the theme Innovative Approaches to Complex Global Problems. These dinner discussions are led by over 50 "Distinguished Faculty" -- leaders from around the world with particular knowledge and experience to share.
David Rockefeller and Richard Gere will present the Synergos 2004 Bridging Leadership Awards: the honor for individual leadership will go to John C. Whitehead, Chair of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and former US Secretary of State. For organizational leadership, the award will go to the Foundation for Community Development (FDC) of Mozambique, and will be accepted by FDC Chairperson and former First Lady of Mozambique and of South Africa, Graça Machel.
International conference to explore private sector solutions to poverty
Eradicating Poverty through Profit: Making Business Work for the Poor is the theme of a major international conference on private sector approaches to development, to be held in San Francisco, December 12-14, 2004. The event, organized by the World Resources Institute with support from the World Economic Forum and a range of other partners, will bring together leading corporations from North and South; international agencies working on pro-poor policies and projects; and entrepreneurs-business and social-who are alleviating poverty through innovative approaches. Featured speakers will include C.K. Prahalad, whose research and writing have generated wide debate on marketing to the "bottom of the pyramid." For more information on the conference, visit povertyprofit.wri.org. A four-week virtual conference, conducted by dot-ORG and hosted by Global Knowledge for Development will permit a broad range of stakeholders from around the globe to learn about the proceedings in San Francisco and to exchange ideas and views on this important topic.
Women's funds in the spotlight in September issue of Alliance
The September 2004 issue of Alliance magazine takes an in-depth look at women's funds. Kavita Ramdas, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, sets out to challenge the status quo with her vision of feminist philanthropy, and the Sigrid Rausing Trust's Jo Andrews weighs in on the limited options available for funders wishing to help women. Also in the September issue, Nichole Etchart examines how the NESst Venture Fund, originally developed in Central Europe, has been adapted for replication in Chile, and Louise Fréchette, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, assesses progress in meeting the Millenium Development Goals. Alliance is a publication of Allavida (www.allavida.org), an international development organization that works to enable local action
Forbes names top donors on its list of 400 wealthiest
Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the 400 wealthiest people includes a report on America's biggest donors and how much they have given to philanthropic causes. Forbes reports that Richard Goldman -- who, along with his late wife Rhoda, founded the Goldman Environmental Prize (www.goldmanprize.org) -- could have made the list this year, but extensive philanthropic giving reduced his income. The Goldman Prize, founded in 1990, is the world's largest award honoring grassroots environmentalists.
October is International Philanthropy Month at Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has declared October 2004 International Philanthropy Month, with a corresponding focus on this topic in its programs. Highlights will include expanded content on the Center's website (www.fdncenter.org/focus/international), including a new area on US funding for international causes; international news from the Center's Philanthropy News Digest; research and statistics on international funding and links to organizations and resources in the field. The Center will also offer online highlights from International Grantmaking III, to be issued in November, its latest update on international giving by foundations. A special section on international philanthropy and youth will provide information on study-abroad programs, scholarships and volunteer opportunities.
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