Posted 1.5.06

In September 2000, 191 United Nations Member States gathered together to envision the future of human kind at the cusp of the Millennium. The resulting Millennium Declaration challenged the world to reach seven diverse goals, spanning across such issues as poverty, health, education, ecology, gender equality and cooperation, by year 2015.

In the five years since this historic declaration, much work has been done by various organizations and agencies to move towards these targeted goals. However, little attention has been paid to the role businesses can successfully play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The 2006 International B·A·W·B Online Conference "UN Millennium Development Goals as Business Opportunity", to be heldMay 4th and 5th, 2006, seeks to shine the light on this issue by exploring the many ways business can and does contribute to achieving prosperity, equity and peace as proclaimed by the Millennium Declaration - all while creating unique business advantages and opportunities. During the Conference, we will feature stories of new business models, processes and practices, which profitably address such issues as poverty, peace building, gender equality and ecological flourishing. We will also create space for dialogue, collaboration and idea sharing. Driven by the question "What is the best possible role that private enterprise can play in the realm of human history and progress?", we seek to bring together change makers from around the world who strive to develop the best business leadership for the present and the future.

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (B·A·W·B), and is FREE to all participants. However space is limited so please, register here now.

Call for Submissions

You are invited to host a virtual poster session at the 2006 International B·A·W·B. Online Conference, "UN Millennium Development Goals as Business Opportunity". We welcome submissions for a broad range of themes within the main topic, and will consider novel ideas and interactive designs, such as chats, polls, threaded discussions and other forms of virtual interaction. Please, send a one-page summary which includes title, name(s) of the presenter(s), the core content, contact information and any other information relevant to the proposed poster to Nadya Zhexembayeva at no later than February 15, 2006.

About the Online Environment

Using a collaborative virtual space created by the Center's technology partners at iCohere, Inc., the conference offers a unique environment where participants can attend from their homes or offices around the world as their schedules permit. Attendees to the conference are able to access and download keynote and workshop presentations to view at their convenience. Additionally, keynote and workshop speakers are often available for questions & answers via a live chat feature. Within the conference space, attendees are also able to enjoy many features commonly associated with traditional conferences, including "hallway" conversations, where participants can engage in threaded dialogue with others, visit the conference exhibition hall, network with others, as well as have the opportunity to create their own "poster" sessions, convene live discussions and more.

By Nadya Zhexembayeva

To register, please, go to

To learn more about the conference, please contact Nadya Zhexembayeva at

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