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Kyla Shawyer appointed permanent CEO to lead the Resource Alliance with a renewed mandate

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 ottobre 2015

sony-worldThe Board of Trustees of The Resource Alliance has unanimously appointed Kyla Shawyer to the position of permanent chief executive. She has been interim chief since June 2014.Kyla has led a year-long visioning process that involved information gathering and collaboration with leaders and organisations in the social impact sector around the world. The resulting Manifesto points to a redoubling of the organisation’s commitment to play the role of convener and curator, as they help the sector take advantage of unprecedented new opportunities born through social media and new technology. Vicky Annis, chair of the Resource Alliance, said: “The Resource Alliance has always been dedicated to helping fundraisers develop the skills and knowledge needed to secure critical financial resources for their organisations. Over the past year we have been expanding our commitment to include the intellectual and human resources necessary to take advantage of this new era. Kyla’s unique team-building skills and collaborative style make her perfectly suited to lead the Resource Alliance forward. Kyla noted: “The once stark line between sectors is beginning to blur and traditional models of ‘giving’ are being disrupted by new kinds of social investment—from crowd sourcing to direct personal loans, from social enterprises to cross-sector partnerships. With everything in a state of change, it will be more important than ever to build new kinds of teams and new kinds of collaborations – bringing the best ideas to the table, regardless of where they might originate, and turning them into models our sector can use to thrive.” “I could not be more humbled nor excited to be a part of this outstanding team at this time in its history. It is a true honor, and I look forward to many new partnerships with people and organisations committed to building a better world.”

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Alliance between EXIN and Huawei to promote e-Competences Framework

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 luglio 2015

EXIN and HuaweiUtrecht. EXIN and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd are joining forces for the development of ICT professionals based on the e-Competence Framework (e-CF). This partnership, signed in Beijing, is a breakthrough for Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, and EXIN, a leading international certification institute in the ICT domain, opening up a new route for the development of ICT competences.Being the first Chinese enterprise to sign, Huawei will become one of EXIN’s launching partners for the e-Competence Solutions, based on the e-CF. Huawei will align their training content with the e-CF competences. Furthermore, Huawei plans to offer their clients worldwide the EXIN assessments, based on the e-CF, providing companies with an overview of the competences and proficiency levels of their IT staff.
After signing the agreement, Robert Jan Willemsen, Chief Commercial Officer of EXIN, explained: “An e-CF qualification is not just focused on testing knowledge; it plays a vital role in the development of talents and organizations within the ICT industry. All parties will benefit from the use of the e-CF and set higher standards for its development in turn.”He continues: “EXIN is very pleased with this new partnership. Huawei is a large international company and China is an important market for EXIN. The e-CF assessment is a new and upcoming product and I am certain that with Huawei as launching partner it will become successful in China.”Tu Wenjie, Vice President Global Training and Certification Department Huawei, said that: “EXIN and Huawei signing the agreement is a win-win situation; our cooperation combines the EXIN e-CF qualifications with Huawei certification. We believe it will open up a new route for the ICT competence cultivation in the industry.”
EXIN is the global independent certification institute for professionals in the ICT domain. With more than 30 years of experience in certifying the competences of over 2 million ICT professionals, EXIN is the leading and trusted authority in the ICT market. With over 1000 accredited partners EXIN facilitates exams and e-competence assessments in more than 165 countries and 20 languages.
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and re (Photo: EXIN and Huawei)

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Asia’s Crowdfunding Scene Surges Forward with Three-Party Alliance

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 Mag 2015

Today marks a significant chapter in Singapore’s fast-growing crowdfunding industry, as crowdfunding platforms CoAssets, FundedByMe, and New Union announce an alliance that sees the three platforms combining forces to develop the local and regional crowdfunding industry. singapore-marinaKey Points:
+ Three-way alliance of international platforms
+ Over S$200 million worth of deal flow to date
+ Combined projects and events expected in the future
All three platforms – CoAssets, FundedByMe, and New Union – today have international reach of investors and campaigns. Together the alliance recorded over S$200 million dollars raised through crowdfunding campaigns in 2014, with growth expected to accelerate over 2015. Said Getty Goh, founder and CEO of CoAssets, “As an individual company, there is only so much we can do. Hence, I am excited and honored to be a part of this three-way alliance. However, this is just a first step and we hope that more stakeholders will join this alliance so that it can eventually pave the way for Fintech trade association. As Fintech is a burgeoning sector, the best way forward is to come together and engage the authorities collectively. Akin to the Singapore Venture Capitalist and Private Equity Association (SVCA) or Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore (REDAS), having a Fintech association is not only a good way to promote self-governance, it can also bring greater awareness to what this industry is all about.”“We are excited about this development with likeminded partners in the industry. There’s so much more we can do together, once we focus on developing the market here and globally in 2015. Crowdfunding is definitely on an uptrend –– we experienced over 600% growth in 2014 year-on-year –– and expect that the next wave of growth will exponential especially considering this alliance, coupled with surging Asian demand,” said Daniel Daboczy, founder and CEO of FundedByMe.“Technology and the world-wide-web have become irreplaceable to our daily life, and every day business — and today, this alliance represents the emerging wave of financial services that meet crucial needs in the business community. Our commitment is to work closely with government agencies and financial institutions to spearhead a progressive and trustworthy crowdfunding environment,” Jeremiah Lee, Founder and Managing Director of New Union.The three platforms plan to launch their first combined crowdfunding project in Q3 of this year, as well as joint conferences over the months following their alliance announcement.

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Alltech and the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists announce 2015 A+ Award winners

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 aprile 2015

altech[Dublin, Ireland] – Alltech and the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Alltech ‘A+’ Awards for outstanding coverage of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy.
The A+ Awards were established in 2010 by Alltech, in collaboration with the IAEJ, to reward creativity, passion and excellence in equestrian journalism. The focus of the awards program this year was the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
The highly competitive contest, which attracted entries from around the world, was judged by Grania Willis, FEI communications director; Alan Smith, former Daily Telegraph equestrian correspondent and photographer Peter Llewellyn, photo manager for the 2012 London Olympic and 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. “We witnessed tremendous equestrian athleticism and dedication during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, but behind the scenes there were some heroes. Those heroes were the journalists in the press centre, who battled the elements and survived on very little sleep in order to deliver the triumphant stories and unforgettable images of the Games to fans throughout the world,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “We are delighted to honour these equestrian sport journalists for their passionate dedication and skilled storytelling.”
The winners of this year’s Alltech A+ Award are:
Article Category: Sébastien Roullier, France; “La Semaine Qui A Changé La Vie du Rudolphe Scherer,” published in Grand Prix Magazine
Broadcast Category: Jan Tönjes, Germany; show jumping broadcast from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, broadcast on St. Georg LIVE.
Photo Category: Mollie Bailey, USA; photo of Sandra Auffarth, gold medalist in eventing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, published in The Chronicle of the Horse
Jan Tönjes, the editor of St. Georg magazine, is a two-time winner, having also scooped the award in 2013. Each of the winners receives an Alltech “A+” award and a $500 prize. “The IAEJ is extremely grateful to Alltech for its continued recognition of the media and its contribution to equestrian sport,” said Pamela Young, IAEJ president. “Alltech’s generous support for these awards is much appreciated by our members who work tirelessly to convey the passion and beauty of our sport worldwide.”Award recipients will be honoured at major events throughout the spring. Details will be coordinated with the winners. Alltech, which also sponsored the Hoofbeats grants in 2014, will continue to sponsor the Alltech A+ Awards in 2015.
Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of people, animals, and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3,500 employees and a presence in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Alltech was title sponsor for the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and 2014, the National Horse Show from 2011-2013, and the European Championships for Jumping and Dressage in 2009. The company is also continuing sponsorship of the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Olympia: the London International Horse Show. (photo Altech)

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ADF to Italy: Rogue mayors have no authority to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 dicembre 2014

camera deputati2ROME – Alliance Defending Freedom has sent the government of Italy a letter and legal memo regarding mayors who are disregarding Italian law and government orders by registering same-sex marriages performed abroad. Italy recognizes neither marriages nor civil unions between members of the same sex.“Government officials should be held accountable to the laws they are sworn to uphold. Mayors throughout Italy have no authority to disobey explicit government orders and issue illegal marriage licenses,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Roger Kiska. “Italy has always recognized marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Mayors cannot take it upon themselves to disrespect both the law and the people of Italy.”In October, Italy’s Minister for the Interior Angelino Alfano issued an order for all prefects to annul registrations of same-sex marriage performed abroad since they have no basis in Italian law. Despite this order, a number of mayors continue to register these unions.The ADF letter states that the mayors are “seeking to subvert proper judicial processes by acting outside of their given authority” and explains that “there is no international legal obligation requiring the recognition of these unions, nor the creation of ‘civil partnerships’ for same-sex couples. In fact, the European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly ruled precisely the opposite: that there is no right to same-sex marriage under the Convention.”“Those taking part in these transcriptions have openly stated that this is part of an overall strategy to legalize same-sex ‘marriage’ by forcing the State to ‘[deal] with a growing number of problematic cases,’” the ADF legal memo further explains. “In reality, these cases are far from problematic: same-sex marriage is not legal in Italy and there is no legal requirement, either national or international, that requires the mayors or the central government to register unions created elsewhere.”
“Marriage expresses the reality that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life, especially for children who deserve both a mother and a father,” added ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Robert Clarke. “Italy’s laws recognize this, and they cannot be wantonly ignored by government officials with a personal political agenda.”

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Paul Amadi to chair Resource Alliance IFC advisory panel for 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 settembre 2014

The Resource Alliance is proud to reveal that Paul Amadi has been appointed as chair of the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) advisory panel for 2015.
Paul is well-equipped for the position. The current director of fundraising at Diabetes UK, he has held a number of prestigious roles throughout his career so far including director of fundraising at the NSPCC and chair of trustees for the Institute of Fundraising. He first starting attending the IFC almost a decade ago. Paul Amadi, director of fundraising at Diabetes UK and chair of the IFC Advisory Panel, said: “The IFC run by the Resource Alliance is a superb opportunity for fundraisers to enhance their skills, to learn new techniques that will help make their campaigns more successful and to strengthen their connections across the globe. Aside from the great workshops and master classes, the superb networking is another reason to attend – not to mention the much needed opportunity for hardworking charity professionals to let their hair down.”Kyla Shawyer, Interim CEO of the Resource Alliance, said: “Now in its 35th year*, the IFC is the key event on the global fundraising calendar. We are delighted to have Paul leading the IFC advisory panel into 2015 and look forward to the exciting breadth of sessions he and the other panel members are developing.”The announcement about Paul’s appointment comes at the same time as the process opens for applications to deliver Masterclasses and workshops at IFC 2015. Fundraisers from around the world are invited to submit ideas for presentations based on their own experiences. Paul Amadi said: “There is a lot that international audiences can learn from national fundraising campaigns, particularly those that focus on fundraising from the few, such as major donors, and those which use a multi-track, integrated approach. Therefore we encourage fundraisers from across all disciplines and all causal areas to apply.” He added: “Being a speaker at the IFC is a fantastic experience. Not only is it a great opportunity for fundraisers to share their learnings with their peers, but it also raises their individual profile and allows them to network with the great and the good of the global fundraising community.”

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Greenpeace’s Battleship Bombards Brazil

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 aprile 2012

Wonder where Greenpeace’s battleship ‘The Rainbow Warrior III’ is right now? Brazil apparently. Like a lost Battlestar Galactica, the Rainbow Warrior III is coasting without a cause up the Amazon in order to highlight various threats facing the rainforest, including “logging, cattle ranching, soya plantations and of co urse climate change.” The Greens are seeking to collect some “1.4 million signatures from Brazilians at home and abroad for a law to end Amazon destruction.” Unfortunately, as ever, facts are proving to be stubborn things for Greenpeace. According to figures published by the George Soros-backed Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), deforestation in Brazil has actually plummeted by some 70 percent. Rather than protesting against deforestation in Brazil, Greenpeace should be praising successive governments for implementing policy measures that both encourage economic growth and respect conservation projects. But this is all too familiar. Even when far-left groups are acknowledging the Brazilian government’s success in mitigating deforestation, Greenpeace still has to raise the alarm and warn of an impending crisis. This is because Greenpeace lives – and fundraises – off crises. If anything this proves that these kinds of fundamental decisions are best made by sovereign governments, not unaccountable – and fundamentalist – non-government organizations. Brazilians must finally take a stand against Greenpeace and warn them that their economic well-being will not be sacrificed so that radical environmentalists can raise money and subject more people in the developing world to abject economic misery. We clearly have two competing visions in Brazil. Only one guarantees the sustainability and economic prosperity that Brazilians have become used to.(by Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity)
The Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity educates, empowers and mobilizes people to stand up against Green injustice. As an action-oriented alliance of advocacy groups that promotes economic growth and pro-consumer policies around the world, the Consumers Alliance works to counter the costly collaboration between environmentalists, the corporate sector, trade unions and others.

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Miami Home Prices Spike in January

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 febbraio 2012

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Miami, FL – Following a record sales year, Miami home prices posted strong gains in January. The median sales price of condominiums in the Miami Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) spiked 36 percent to $122,500 in January compared to a year earlier, according to the 26,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. The median sales price of single-family homes jumped 13 percent to $170,000.Statewide median sales prices in January increased 18.8 percent to $95,000 for condominiums and 5.3 percent to $129,000 for single-family homes. The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $154,700 in January, a two percent drop from January 2010.
In January, the average sales price for single-family homes in Miami-Dade County increased 40.4 percent, from $238,527 in 2011 to $334,952 in 2012. The average sales prices for condominiums jumped 45.2 percent, from $171,077 to $248,443.
Inventory Declines 37 Percent in One YearThe inventory of residential listings in Miami-Dade County dropped 37 percent from 24,507 to 13,610 over the last year. Compared to last month, the total inventory of homes dropped 3.4 percent. Total housing inventory nationally fell 20.6 percent at the end of January.The sales of existing single-family homes in the Miami MSA declined three percent in January, from 676 to 659, compared to January 2011. Sales of condominiums dropped 16 percent, from 1,262 to 1,058, compared to January 2011.Statewide sales of existing single-family homes totaled 12,044 in January 2012, down 5.5 percent compared to the year-ago figure, according to data from Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis department and vendor partner 10K Research and Marketing. Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops rose 4.3 percent from December and were 0.7 percent higher than they were in January 2011, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).“Never before in history had we sold as many homes in Miami as we did last year,” said 2012 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Patricia Delinois. “As supply is absorbed, there are fewer properties available to sell, and it will be difficult to match the record set last year. But the good news is that home values are rapidly appreciating, as global buyers, investors and corporations focus on Miami.”
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating more than 90 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council, it represents more than 26,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local association in the National Association of Realtors, and has partnerships with more than 100 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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AMRI Announces Preferred Provider Agreement with BioPontis Alliance LLC

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 gennaio 2012

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Albany, New York. AMRI (NASDAQ: AMRI), a global contract services organization, announced today that it has entered into a preferred provider agreement with BioPontis Alliance LLC. The agreement is aimed at supporting BioPontis’ mission to bridge the gap between early-stage research and technologies being discovered and developed in academia and other research entities. AMRI will provide its services in small molecule discovery, development, and manufacturing in BioPontis’ drug discovery research programs. The agreement also supports the need for proof-of-concept data that is required in the current pharmaceutical company licensing environment. The goal of BioPontis Alliance is to identify promising early stage product opportunities and utilize a preferred network of CROs and leading research companies to apply appropriate expertise to develop these opportunities enough to attract pharmaceutical company licensing partners. BioPontis Alliance has established research alliances with a number of the nation’s leading academic-research institutes, in which BioPontis searches for innovative science that has the potential to be translated into new treatments for cancer, neurology, inflammation, and infectious diseases. BioPontis Alliance currently has agreements with a consortium of leading universities and research institutions, including New York University, Columbia University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), University of Virginia, University of Kansas, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Florida. In addition to partnerships aimed at identifying early technology, BioPontis has entered into preferred partnership agreements with leading pharmaceutical companies, including Janssen Biotech (wholly owned by Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer and Merck.
Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (AMRI) is a global contract research and manufacturing organization with more than twenty years experience providing customers fully integrated drug discovery, development, and manufacturing services. AMRI supplies a broad range of services and technologies that support the discovery and development of pharmaceutical products and the manufacturing of API and drug product for existing and experimental new drugs. With locations in the United States, Europe, and Asia, AMRI maintains geographic proximity and flexible cost models. AMRI has also historically leveraged its drug-discovery expertise to execute on several internal drug discovery programs, which have progressed to the development candidate stage and in some cases into Phase I clinical development. AMRI has successfully partnered certain programs and is actively seeking to out-license its remaining programs to strategic partners for further development.
BioPontis Alliance, LLC (BPA) is an asset-based investment capital fund combined with a research and development company created with established economic and scientific alliances with leading research universities and other institutions that collectively comprise the BioPontis University Alliance (the “University Alliance”). BioPontis Alliance is designed to facilitate efficient access to early-stage innovation by the medical industry, and to manage investment funds that identify, invest in, and develop a portfolio of technologies accessed by BPA through the University Alliance.

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Art Students Drill Educational Alliance CEO on Renovation Plans

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 31 ottobre 2011

Since the summer, we have been following developments at the Educational Alliance art school, where students are up-in-arms about the historic Lower East Side institution’s renovation plans. Tonight, some of those students gathered in the rain for a brief protest in front of the Educational Alliance’s headquarters, at 197 East Broadway. They then proceeded up to the 5th floor studios, where the organization’s CEO, Robin Bernstein, fielded questions from 50-60 angry students.
A similar meeting was held in August, before the Educational Alliance board had actually signed off on a nearly $50 million proposal to “get-renovate” the 122 year-old building. During her opening remarks, Bernstein said she took seriously the concerns expressed at that initial session about a decision to shut down the school entirely during the renovation period. As a result, Bernstein explained, some classes (including ceramics, painting and drawing) would be temporarily offered at other Educational Alliance facilities above Houston Street.The architect hired to oversee the renovation project outlined the art school plan, which includes moving the studios to the lower level, eliminating the darkroom and welding studio, and shrinking the school’s space by 825 square feet. The new facility will be comprised of three “versatile” studios. Windows will extend from the ceiling to about five feet above the ground. The current 5th floor space is destined to become a mixed use community room, where seniors will be served lunch, performances will be held and neighborhood gatherings will take place.Supporters of the art school vented their frustration throughout tonight’s meeting and peppered Bernstein with many questions. They criticized the suggestion that there might be no room for sculpture and stone carving classes after the renovation. They argued that the move from the airy, sun-splashed 5th floor would deprive artists of a truly special creative environment, and “decimate” the school. They chided the organization for neglecting to consult students and teachers about changes in advance.Bernstein repeated many of the points she made during an interview with The Lo-Down last month. In a tough economy, she said, the institution was forced to balance the needs of many constituencies. While the art school is important, she explained, many other programs (including early childhood classes) are also vital to the organization’s “core mission.” Bernstein said hundreds of low-income families are turned away every year due to space constraints.Some students said they resented the suggestion that choices needed to be made between art and children. One particularly vocal student asked pointedly whether the Educational Alliance was pushing the art school from its 5th floor perch for financial reasons.In response, Bernstein was quite candid about the financial pressures her organization faces. She emphasized a commitment to serving the entire community — the traditional immigrant and low income population, as well as more affluent newcomers. Referring to expanded “wellness” programs the renovation will accommodate, she said “God willing people who can pay for services will be able to subsidize programs that don’t pay for themselves.” Last year alone, Bernstein pointed out, the organization lost $1.5 million in government funding. In the years ahead, she warned, non-profit organizations must face the reality that public funds are quickly drying up.As the questioning continued, Bernstein finally told students, “we’re going to have to respectfully disagree.” Some of the participants tonight offered specific suggestions to make the art school more profitable. Bernstein agreed to meet with a small group to discuss possible creative solutions. The renovation project is expected to get underway before the end of the year and to last for about two years. (the meeting, art student)

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Sets Industry Standards

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 ottobre 2011

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Paris. The Renault-Nissan Alliance’s commitment to gender parity and multiculturalism is setting new standards for the global automotive industry, according to company data released at the Women’s Forum. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is a “Premium Partner” of the 2011 Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, which takes place this week in Deauville, France. The annual gathering of international leaders aims to level the playing field for women in industry, academia, politics and society. Among the findings that Renault and Nissan released during the Women’s Forum:
• Women comprise 17% of Renault’s workforce, up from 10% in 1999 when the Renault-Nissan Alliance began.
• Three out Renault’s 10-member executive committee are women – the highest percentage of women at the senior executive management level in the global automotive industry.
• At Nissan, women account for 11% of the global workforce.
• Women hold 17% of Renault’s managerial posts.
• Globally, women comprise 10% of Nissan manager-level positions and higher, up from 7% in 2008.In Japan, women account for 6% of Nissan manager-level positions and higher, compared to an average of 3% for Japan’s manufacturing sector at large, according to the Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
• Nissan aims to have women comprise 14% of management globally by 2017.
Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan already has one of the most diverse teams at the corporate officer level in Japan and among global automakers. For example, the top 97 positions in Nissan include executives from 13 countries, and nearly half are foreign nationals. These 13 countries are Japan, France, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States. http://blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com

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UN Alliance of Civilizations Fellows Arrive from Mideast

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 settembre 2011

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New York, Twelve young leaders from the Middle East are arriving in New York City on Saturday, in the context of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, hoping to create new alliances, gain knowledge, and understanding of the US and Europe. Given the importance of the day, their visit is especially timely, as the world seeks to find ways to forge lasting peace amongst nations, cultures and societies. In a context of commemorations, the UNAOC, which works together with its partners to promote understanding among peoples and cultures, is taking concrete action to bring emerging leaders together to build trust and understanding. The fellows will be part of a two-week program organized under the auspices of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) with the funding support of the British Council and in partnership with the League of Arab States, ISESCO, the Institute of International Education and the Qatar Committee for the Alliance of Civilizations. The Fellowship Programme is the first and only young professional’s exchange program between the Arab world, Europe, and the US and through monetary and in-kind support from Arab, European, and North American sources. As a young professionals’ exchange initiative, the Fellowship Program is singular in this regard. The trip will include stops in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Paris, Brussels and London. In the US and Europe, the fellows will meet with a wide-variety of groups and individuals, including local community leaders, NGOs, journalists, policy makers and prominent US institutions.
The goal of the fellowship is to enhance mutual knowledge and understanding between peoples and societies from Muslim-majority countries, mainly from the Arab World, and from Europe and North America and creates an opportunity for emerging leaders from these societies to get acquainted with the diverse realities and cultural, political and religious environments of the others. As part of the fellowship, later in the fall, twelve fellows from the US and Europe will travel to North Africa and the Middle East : Morocco, Egypt and Qatar on a similar tour, meeting with government, civil society and other groups involved in this issue. About the program: http://www.unaoc.org/actions/trainings-and-exchanges/fellowship/

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“Do One thing for Diversity and Inclusion”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 Mag 2011

To mark the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity, UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) are launching a global campaign to create a grassroots movement of people who advocate for diversity. The campaign calls on individuals to take one action relevant to their lives that promotes diversity and inclusion–from experiencing another culture through film, food, or museums, to learning about other cultures or countries, or dedicating time to volunteer for that cause. The campaign, “Do ONE Thing for Diversity and Inclusion”, will work via a dedicated Facebook page, serving as a platform for people around the world to share their experiences through posts and videos. The campaign has already won the support and participation of several major corporations from Silicon Valley, including Cisco, Intuit, True Blue Inclusion, McAfee, and Yahoo, among others. From diversity councils and employee resource groups, to cross-cultural training, these companies aim to mobilize their employees to build a worldwide movement which, every year will celebrate diversity. Along with the corporate partners, hundreds of NGOs and foundations are also joining the campaign, that brings alive the values enshrined in UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and which will culminate at the occasion of the Alliance of Civilizations Fourth Annual Forum in Doha, Qatar on December 11-13, 2011, where the campaign will show global public support for cultural diversity and inclusion to world leaders.

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Consumer alliance

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 marzo 2011

Washington, Dc – Recent news reports are confirming what the Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity (CAGP) has documented since the organization was launched in 2010: environmental front groups, liberal foundations, uncompetitive industries and retailers are colluding to hinder the global trade of forestry and agricultural products. As part of its ongoing direct advocacy campaign to highlight these left-wing, anti-business activities, CAGP issued the following comment: “CAGP has consistently cautioned against the radical environmentalists working to halt natural resource development in Asia and their biased financiers. In Australia, the truth was laid bare in new reports that guerilla warfare was launched by conservationist Alec Marr with the help of RAN and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund against Tasmania-based pulp company Gunns. This collusion between RAN and wealthy elitists like Steven Rockefeller forces thousands of the working poor out of a job and threatens investment integral to local communities. These tactics are morally bankrupt,” said Andrew Langer, spokesman for CAGP.

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Against Asian Imports

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 dicembre 2010

Washington, Dc President Obama met with major U.S. union bosses at the White House in an effort to quell their dissatisfaction with his support of contentious tax cut extensions. But what wasn’t discussed between the two parties is a little-known secret of theirs that has been quietly brewing in Washington – a coordinated effort to keep high-quality, low- cost pulp and paper exports out of the American marketplace. This scheming has been detailed by the Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity (CAGP) in the recent report Empires of Collusion; and CAGP continues to condemn this anti-trade and anti-consumer meddling behind closed doors.
“When the first U.S. national labor group was formed in 1866, it took up the honest and noble goal of looking after the little guy. But centuries later, unions have grown so powerful that they are now their very own special interest group, one that often sides with large industries against the very people they originally pledged to protect. On the surface, President Obama and the big union bosses may have been discussing the Bush-era tax cuts last week, but what the media did not report is the secret collusion between Obama’s political cronies and these unions, which aims to stifle trade generally and stop Asian paper imports specifically,” said Frontiers of Freedom President George Landrith, a member of CAGP.
Joining these liberal policymakers and powerful unions in the “Empires of Collusion” are increasingly-uncompetitive U.S. paper businesses, such as Sappi and New Page, who are continually threatened by competition from abroad. Together, these parties are working to serve their own interests – votes, jobs and profits – all at the expense of the American consumer who is faced with higher prices for countless paper goods every day due to this collusion. And to round out this empire, radical environmental groups, long at odds with labor unions, have joined the fray to pursue their misguided agenda in Southeast Asia.
Landrith continued, “What you have happening here is congressmen and unions trying to protect constituents’ jobs, faltering businesses attempting to stay in the black, and biased NGOs seeing a great opportunity to lodge their baseless attacks against Asian suppliers of pulp and paper. These are the “Empires of Collusion”. Left out in the cold, however, are average American consumers dependent on affordable products and the millions of workers in Asia whose jobs these products sustain. CAGP has warned before and we warn again: these desperate special interests will stop at nothing to stick it to American consumers and workers in the developing world.”

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Un Alliance of Civilizations

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 ottobre 2010

Following the annual Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro last May, the final Report has just been published, highlighting the major proceedings, final outcomes and achievements of the UNAOC network of partners. The Forum, which was the third of its kind, gathered over 2,000 political and corporate leaders, mayors, civil society activists, youth, journalists, foundations, international organizations and religious leaders in Rio de Janeiro, an emblematic city for diversity. The participants’ mission was to discuss joint actions to improve relations across cultures, combat prejudice and build the conditions for long-term peace.
The event was opened by Brazilian President Lula da Silva, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, UNAOC High Representative Jorge Sampaio. 2011 Forum host H.H. Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar also addressed the Forum during the opening plenary.
“Stronger cooperation for intercultural dialogue, a wide engagement at grass roots-level, but also leadership at all levels, are all indispensable driving forces for change”, said H.E. President Jorge Sampaio.
As a whole, the forum boasted an impressive roster of attendees including: Argentinean President H.E. Ms. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner; Bolivian President H.E. Mr. Evo Morales; H.H. Mr. Saud Al Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Several prominent members of the international media community were also present, to include: Mr. Philippe Cayla, chairman and CEO of Euronews, and Mr. Riz Khan, news anchor for Al Jazeera. Private industry and foundations also weighed in on the discussions. Representatives from Vivendi, Deloitte-Touche, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, the Global Marshall Fund, the Global Dialogue Foundation and many others took part in special discussion panels. A wide range of discussions took place, bringing together political leaders, corporate, civil society, media and youth representatives who had unique opportunities to develop new partnerships and initiatives. Ministers debated crucial aspects of the Alliance’s expanding role, including regional strategies and sustainability.  In addition, several major outcomes resulted from the Rio Forum. The winners of the Marketplace of Ideas, a program that showcases innovative and successful grassroots initiatives aimed at promoting mutual understanding among people and cultures, were highlighted during the forum.  The winners were chosen through a competitive application process and were invited to Rio to present their plans. A complete list of the winners is available in the forum report. Mid-way through the three-day event a special presentation was made highlighting the Dialogue Café, a non-profit initiative which uses state of the art video technology to enable face-to-face conversations between diverse groups of people from around the world. The Alliance also announced the launch of an online community on migration and integration entitled Integration: Building Inclusive Societies (IBIS). The focus of IBIS is to feature ideas and innovative projects from around the world in order to highlight successful ones and inspire all new projects. Youth were a key component in this event. More than 140 young people between the ages of 18 and 35 from around the globe attended the conference to participate in a Youth Walk and Youth Event. During that event, the young leaders developed an eight-point list of recommendations, detailed in the report, which they presented at the Forum’s closing ceremony. Youth organizations proved very active throughout the Forum. Eighteen organizations were recognized as recipients of Youth Solidarity Fund grants. The international program awards grants of up to $30,000 for organizations that advance intercultural and interfaith dialogue at the local, national, regional or international levels. This year’s recipients were invited to present their projects to the forum. A complete list of winners is available in the report.

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Global alliance: Finantix and NorthStar

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 giugno 2010

New York, London Finantix, an established provider of advice, sales and service solutions for banks and wealth managers, and NorthStar, a leading provider of wealth management software solutions, today announced a strategic alliance and a global co-marketing agreement.   This initiative includes the combination of complementary functionality as well as global distribution of the joint offering.    Finantix’s CRM tools and the recently released iPad and iPhone apps for wealth management (www.finantix.com/solutions.html ) will be offered together with NorthStar’s SaaS solution for financial advisors (www.northstar .com/solutions.html ). On the enterprise side, financial institutions will now have access to the broadest suite of advisory components, from single client view to integrated financial planning, from portfolio construction through compliance monitoring and client reporting.
Finantix is an established provider of client-centric solutions for financial advice, sales and service. The solutions help banks, insurers and wealth managers attract new customers and maximize the potential of existing ones. The Finantix advisory functionality is designed for multichannel delivery. Branch employees, agents, advisors and customers can access the application via browsers, mobile devices and tablets.  Finantix has offices across America, Asia and Europe, counting more than 50 clients in over 20 countries. The company is recognized by reputable market analysts and blue chip clients for both business and technical innovation in the industry. For more information, visit http://www.finantix.com.

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The Forest Legality Alliance

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 Mag 2010

It was launched to support private sector efforts and policies to reduce trade in illegally harvested wood. The Alliance is a global public-private initiative open to businesses, industry associations, financial institutions and civil society organizations with a stake in legal forest product supply chains.  “Some companies are not aware of the need to ask questions about the wood they are buying or the consequences of letting illegal wood enter their supply chains,” said Craig Hanson, director of WRI’s People and Ecosystems Program. “The Alliance seeks to build confidence that imported wood and paper products are legal. Done right, trade supports environmental protection and the Alliance recognizes the role trade plays in protecting our world’s great forests.” In response, major wood importing regions are enacting policies to reduce demand for illegal wood. In 2008, the U.S. government amended the Lacey Act to prohibit trade within the United States of products made from illegally harvested wood. With this amendment, the United States became the first country to ban imports of illegal wood and related products. The European Union is in the final stages of approving a “due diligence” regulation to curb illegal timber entering the European market, and Australia is also considering legislation to prohibit trade in illegal wood. The Alliance will ensure that importers and supply chains know and understand the emerging new trade policies. It will develop new online resources that help companies assess the risk of encountering illegal wood, conduct due care, and complete import declarations. It will work with suppliers to document best practices and unforeseen challenges associated with purchasing legal wood and complying with import regulations. It will focus on the capacity for legal trade in the sector as a whole, rather than on the performance of individual companies, and complement existing initiatives that certify legality and sustainability. USAID helped catalyze the formation of this new partnership under its Global Development Alliance initiative which seeks to leverage the resources, expertise, creativity and market access of corporations, industry associations, civil society organizations and others to jointly address pressing development challenges around the world.

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United States joins Alliance of Civilizations

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 Mag 2010

United Nations, New York – The United States government today announced it is joining the UN Alliance of Civilizations. It will be the 100th member country of the initiative. “I am pleased that the United States has announced its intention to join the Alliance of Civilizations,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The US will bring unique capabilities to this initiative, not least the great diversity and innovative character of the American people.”  President Sampaio, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, welcomed the decision. “The United States membership is a very significant opportunity to maintain the issue of cultural diversity high on the global agenda,” he said. The Alliance of Civilizations is a special project of the UN Secretary-General which seeks to counter the cultural and religious forces which can lead to extremism and polarization in society, and works to actively engage governments in support of civil society projects that help bring communities together. The Alliance has already developed a number of partnerships with US-based organizations, and the entry of the US government into the Alliance is expected to lead to greater participation by US-based academic and research institutions, NGOs, businesses, religious and media groups. “The goals and activities of the Alliance complement President Obama’s vision of active U.S. engagement with other nations and international organizations to advance American security interests and meet the global challenges of the 21st century,” said Philip Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

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The Alliance of Civilizations Forum 2010

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 aprile 2010

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 27-29 May 2010 under the theme “Bridging Cultures, building Peace” The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations will convene its third annual Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from May 27-29, 2010, under the theme “Bridging Cultures, Building Peace”. Over 2,000 participants, including political and corporate leaders, civil society activists, youth groups, faith communities, research centers, foundations and journalists, will come together to agree on joint actions to improve relations across cultures, combat prejudice and build lasting peace.
Among the attendees to the forum are President Lula da Silva of Brazil, Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain, Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Sampaio, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations. This year’s forum will take place in Rio de Janeiro, a diverse city built on years of cultural exchanges, which will provide the perfect backdrop for efforts to address the complex challenges diverse societies face today.More than ever, our world is shaped by intense interaction among diverse cultural, religious and linguistic communities. This growing diversity is a source of enrichment and opportunity, but can also lead to tensions, misunderstanding and hostility. Building peaceful relations among diverse cultures has become one of the most important and challenging tasks faced by modern societies. Questions discussed over the course of the three-day forum include: •    What kind of actions do we need to combat intolerance and prejudice? •    What tools do children and young people need to navigate an increasingly complex and multicultural world? •    What is the impact of globalization on people’s sense of belonging and identity? •    How do economic inequalities impact on relations among diverse communities? •    How can the media help bridge cross-cultural divides and change perceptions of the other? •    How can we create inclusive societies, founded on the respect for human rights and diversity? The Rio Forum will be an inclusive platform, bringing together the knowledge, experience and energy of a wide range of partners, all committed to rethink the way in which we deal with tensions across cultures and to agree on concrete, practical initiatives to promote trust and understanding

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