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Address by KOFI ANNAN, Secretary General of the United Nations
Delivered to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 31, 1999
I am delighted to join you again at the World Economic Forum. This is my third visit in just over two years as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
On my previous visits, I told you of my hopes for a creative partnership between the United Nations and the private sector. I made the point that the everyday work of the United Nations - whether in peacekeeping, setting technical standards, protecting intellectual property or providing much-needed assistance to developing countries - helps to expand opportunities for business around the world. And I stated quite frankly that, without your know-how and your resources, many of the objectives of the United Nations would remain elusive.
Today, I am pleased to acknowledge that, in the past two years, our relationship has taken great strides. We have shown through cooperative ventures - both at the policy level and on the ground - that the goals of the United Nations and those of business can, indeed, be mutually supportive.
This year, I want to challenge you to join me in taking our relationship to a still higher level. I propose that you, the business leaders gathered in Davos, and we, the United Nations, initiate a global compact of shared values and principles, which will give a human face to the global …