2010 World Business and Development Awards Now Open for Nominations

    Nomination for the 2010 World Business and Development Awards is now open. Eligible candidates include business-oriented initiatives aimed at accelerating progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. 

    The nomination period for the awards will end on July 1, 2010, with the announcement and presentation of winners to be held on Sept. 21 in New York on the sidelines of the MDG summit, according to a press release from the United Nations Development Program. 

    “Increasingly the private sector is a critical component for increasing aid effectiveness and achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” said International Chamber of Commerce Secretary General Jean Rozwadowski. 

    The awards, Rozwadowski stressed, highlight “business for its role in alleviating poverty and fostering an enabling environment for enterprises of all sizes and sectors to grow, create jobs, and pursue technological innovation and cooperation.”

    Past winners range from small to medium-sized enterprises to multinational corporations. Started in 2001, the awards are given on a biennial basis.

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