By Oscarline Onwuemenyi
The United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, has commended Nigeria â€™s Labour and Productivity Minister, Chief Emeka Wogu, for his contributions to the success of the recent UN Global Compact Summit.
The Global Compact lays the platform for an understanding between the United Nations and global political leaders on one side and some of the worldâ€™s leading international businesses on some common goals such as combating corruption, building markets, safeguarding the environment and social inclusion.
The last UN Global Compact Summit took place in New York, the United States between June 23 and 25, 2010.
Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Office, Georg Kellc, conveyed the felicitation of Ki-Moon in a letter to Wogu.
The letter dated August 16, 2010, read in part: â€œOn behalf of the Secretary General, I am writing to thank you for your contribution to the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010, held in New York on June 23-25. Your remarks and reflections added substantially to the Ministerial Session on 23 June and the Plenary Session on 24 June.â€
â€œAt the summit, over 1,200 leaders joined to advance their shared commitment to the principles of the UN Global Compact. Participants agreed on necessary actions for bringing about a more sustainable future â€“ notably deepening work to advance the principles and strengthening support for critical development goals.â€
Soliciting the cooperation of Chief Wogu as the Global Compact enters its second decade, Mr. Ban said: “As we look ahead to the Global Compactâ€™s second decade, your continued engagement and leadership are crucial for continuing to embed principles into businesses and societies everywhere.â€