Drawing from its origins in the United Nations, PPAF emphasizes policy issues and their implementation in practice. PPAF works at the levels of national governments, international organizations and others for the promotion of a business approach to development and poverty reduction.
The UN Global Goals (2015-2030), the UN Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015), the UN Global Compact, the Principles for Responsible Investment, sustainability principles of the International Development Bank and of the Rainforest Alliance, and other policies promoting sustainable development shape PPAF's networking and actions.
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"There is a growing recognition that many of the world's most pressing problems are too complex for any one sector to face alone. Thus, since the 1990s, the private sector and other stakeholders have increasingly become active partners in helping the Organization achieve its goals, as a complement to government action."
--- Report of the UN Secretary-General, "Enhanced cooperation between the United Nations and all relevant partners, in particular the private sector" (2007)
The UN Global Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) promotes action and interaction in all countries and from all sides, including governments, business, non-governmental organizations, academia, community groups, individuals and United Nations entities.
Public-private and multi-stakeholder alliances are important to the global efforts to achieve each and all of the Global Goals, for they are all interlinked.
UN Public-Private Partnerships Conference- May 23, 2017
David Stillman spoke on May 23rd at a UN high-level event on Public-Private Partnerships. Please see our News and Events section for the full description.
UNAI START: "Environ. & Health: Science & Solutions"- June 2016
On the occasion of World Environment Day, this half-day conference at UN Headquarters brought together policy makers and scientists for a panel on relations between health and environment.
Speakers addressed topics including children's environmental health, the effects of dust and destruction, metals & the global food supply, and cardio-vascular disease & air pollution.
David Stillman gave concluding remarks on PPAF's efforts in Haiti after the earthquake, focused on improving air quality and women’s and children’s health, mitigating deforestation and encouraging small business.
UN Academic Impact (UNAI) held the symposium as part of its START series (Skills and Technology Advancing Rapid Transformation), which uses research and science to address world issues, including global health.
For more information on UNAI and their support of UN goals, click here.
IDB forum on Sustainable Cooking in Haiti-Sept. 2015
Fritz Gerval Octave, Senior Energy Specialist (IDB-Haiti) invited PPAF to present its current work at a forum on innovations in sustainable cooking in Haiti, held on September 9. David Stillman, Tom Setchel and Al Shelton (D&E Green) made a joint presentation on the work of PPAF & D&E, development of the Recho EcoVit cookstove, and the process of distilling fuel ethanol.
The PPAF-D&E Green presentation was very well received by the 40 participants who attended, including the DirectorGeneral of Haiti's Bureau of Mines and Energy. PPAF had previously served as a consultant to the IDB in 2013 on the project "Ethanol Stoves and Fuel in Haiti."
UNEP Grant for PPAF Work in Haiti- News - May to Aug. 2015
The United Nations Environment Programme awarded PPAF a grant in May 2015, to expand the project in Haiti on Ethanol Cookstoves and Fuel. Since 2014 PPAF has worked with D&E Green Enterprises, a prize-winning Haitian company that manufactures and sells "improved" cookstoves that burn less charcoal or than otherwise.
The grant enables PPAF and D&E to refine the design of a new ethanol stove, test it with potential customers, and develop a business plan for commercial rollout. PPAF personnel visited Haiti in late May to get this stage of the work underway.
Since then, the partners carried out a kitchen use test, developed marketing materials, and administered surveys on stove use. Working with women is an important component in all the phases. Women make up 75% of D&E's 100 stove distributors.
PPAF team members will work with D&E in September on the second kitchen test and stove improvements, and begin developing a business plan.
At the UN: Seminar on Challenging Gender-Based Discrimination Across the Life-Cycle - March 2015
This event was associated with the UN Commission on the Status of Women and held in cooperation with the UN Association Southern NYS Division.
Speakers addressed: "Reinforcing Beijing: The Convention on the Rights of the Child and CEDAW," "Widowhood in an era of failures to contain conflicts and epidemics," "Start from the Very Beginning: Transforming the Goals and Strategies of the Beijing Agenda through a focus on girls," and"Young Professionals World Health Summit: Cultivating the next generation of World Health Leaders" (See the Events section of website for details.)
At the UN: Seminar on Women and Innovative Solutions for Clean Energy- March 2015
This event was associated with the UN Commission on the Status of Women and held in cooperation with the UN Association Southern NY State Division and its Energy Project.
Speakers addressed the following: Niki Armacost (Arc Finance) "New Approaches to Financing for Energy," David Stillman "Ethanol Cookstoves and Fuel in Haiti- Recent Updates," Thomas Culhane & Kathy Puffer (Solar CITIES Solutions) "Community Biogas Generation as a Keystone for Women's Empowerment." (See the Events section of website for details.)
At the UN: Seminar on Energy & Climate Action in the Post-2015 Agenda- August 2014
PPAF organized a seminar, “Energy and Climate Action: Essential Tools for the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” as part of the UN Department of Information / Non-Governmental Organizations conference “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda.”
The UNA-USA Southern New York State Division and its Energy Project were co-sponsors, along with the UN/ NGO Committee on Sustainable Development and the Batey Relief Alliance. (See the Events section of website for details.)
Putting it Together: Seminar at the UN - March 2014
PPAF worked with the UN Department of Public Information to host a lively and well-attended panel discussion on the 13th at the UN. Panelists explored the connections between bio-energy policy, clean cook-stoves and ways to improve making alcohol (ethanol) for cooking.
Jeff Brez, Chief, DPI/NGO Relations and Advocacy, introduced the program, which opened with a Global Alliance for Clean Cook-stoves video narrated by actress Julia Roberts.
David Stillman moderated the program. Panelists included: Kathryn R. Leininger (Business Development Manager JMConsulting), Corinne Hart (Program Manager, Gender and Markets Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves), and Thomas Setchel, (Energy Conservation and Distillation Specialist, Sustainable Technology Systems Inc.).
(See Events section of website for details.)
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Consultation on Ethanol Cookstoves and Fuel at the UN- April 2013
PPAF held a Consultation April 4 in the UN ECOSOC Chamber, sponsored by the UN Office for Partnerships.
PPAF, Path to Haiti Business Consulting LLC, SImACT Inc. and others were conducting a pilot project on ethanol stoves and related fuel. Dometic Group AB makes the stoves and Project Gaia, Inc. donated an initial supply. It is the first project of its kind in Haiti.
The consultation aimed (1) to advance expansion of the project in Haiti by bringing together a range of actors for agreement and next steps; and (2) to promote the benefits and possibilities of ethanol cookstoves and fuel.
An article on the event appears in the April 2013 "Update" from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
UNA-SNY: Rural Women: Energy, Health, and Water- March 2012
A Side Event to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, “Rural Women: Energy, Health and Water” was co-sponsored by the UNA Southern NYS Division's Energy Project, the UN Foundation and PPAF and held at the UN Foundation's New York office.
Videos of the presentations are available on the UNA-SNY YouTube channel.
WAFUNIF: "The UN and Sustainable Development"- November 2011
David Stillman gave the keynote address to the General Assembly of the World Association of Former UN Internes and Fellows (WAFUNIF), held in their office at the UN. The event was livestreamed to their members worldwide.
Rotary Club of NY: Haiti's Post-Earthquake Development- Sept. 2011
David Stillman arranged for Ambassador Jean Wesley Cazeau, Ambassador of Haiti to the UN, to speak at an international breakfast of the Rotary Club of New York, held at the Church Center to the UN. Stillman moderated the meeting and also made a presentation on the PPAF ethanol stove and fuel project
At the UN: Partners Against Poverty- June 2011
Working with the UN Office for Partnerships, PPAF organized its annual Partners Against Poverty meeting at the UN, focusing on community-level energy and development. David Stillman opened and moderated the session and several from PPAF participated.
Presenters included BioGen (Dominican Republic and U.S.), Medesco (U.S.), Habitech International (U.S. and Dominican Republic), WECAN, Inc., Project Gaia (U.S., Ethiopia and Brazil) and Viridian Energy, whose program for non-profits can benefit our Foundation.
Global Summit for Partnerships for Global Electricity- June 2011
The e8 and UN-Energy, with many other partners, launched the global initiative for “Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships” to advance sustainable energy development at the above meeting. PPAF board members, Senior Fellows, colleagues and a number of others attended.
The focus was on partnerships to support and promote the global deployment of low and zero-emitting electricity technologies at country, regional and global levels. The e8 and UN-Energy had conducted a global survey and analyzed case studies highlighting the enabling policies and best practices of partnerships.
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UN Dept of Public Information Accreditation -December 2009
PPAF was proud to join the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN/DPI) as an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), effective December 2009, because of its program of information on UN-related issues and its work with the UN. PPAF's credentials included conferences held at the UN, collaboration with UN Departments and Agencies, collaboration with Permanent Missions to the UN, videos produced at the UN, a website and blog about the UN and programs, reports & press releases.
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At the UN: Partners Against Poverty-Bioenergy- May 2009
PPAF's Third Annual Partners Against Poverty event featured discussions on investment partnerships for ethanol development and production. A group of 45 professionals and government officials from Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, and the U.S. met at the United Nations on May 7, 2009 for a facilitated discussion on ethanol and related bioenergy.
Click here for further information under the website heading: Renewable Energy.
At the UN: Partners Against Poverty- Awareness -July 2008
Seventy representatives from the UN, the private sector and civil society met at the UN Headquarters on July 16, 2008 for deliberations on “Partners against Poverty – Awareness, Agreements and Actions”. This second annual meeting touched on a wide range of topics, including: agribusiness; tourism and the environment; women, entrepreneurship, and microfinance; health; and renewable energy.
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UN Recognizes PPAF - July 2007
The Public-Private Alliance Foundation was established in 2007 as an outgrowth of the UN Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development and the interest of the ambassadors to the UN from Madagascar, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to connect business and poverty alleviation. It emphasizes a pro-poor business approach to sustainable development.
A joint letter on this subject was presented to the President of the UN Economic and Social Council in Geneva in July 2007 by the permanent missions of Madagascar and the Dominican Republic, and the Council officially recognized PPAF's establishment.
PPAF Launch - May 2007
The Public-Private Alliance Foundation (PPAF) was formally launched at an event entitled "Partners Against Poverty" held in May, 2007 at the United Nations in New York. The event brought together over 125 ambassadors, UN officials, and representatives from non-governmental organizations, businesses, academic institutes and others. According to Executive Director David Stillman. "The Public-Private Alliance Foundation is part of a growing recognition of the strong and positive impact that a pro-poor business approach can have in improving lives and livelihoods. Business is the engine for sustainable economic development.”
Mr. Daniel Mejia, a businessman, announced his initial support to the Foundation with a major gift.
PPAF has its roots in the UN Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development, an initiative of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Pictured above are Amb. L. Merores (Haiti) (VP of ECOSOC); Amb. Z. Andrianarivelo-Razafy (Madagascar); D. Mejia; D. Stillman; Amb. F. Lorenzo (Dominican Republic).