Infosys hosts UN Foundation Board Meeting

Infosys hosts UN Foundation Board Meeting 

Top Row: Fábio Colletti Barbosa (Brazil), CEO of the Abril Group; Timothy E. Wirth (U.S.A.), President, UN Foundation and Better World Fund and former U.S. Senator; and Igor Ivanov (Russia), Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Middle Row: Nafis Sadik (Pakistan), Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General; Emma Rothschild (United Kingdom) Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History, Harvard University and Director, Joint Center for History and Economics, Harvard University; Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh), Founder of the Grameen Bank; and Hisashi Owada (Japan), President of the International Court of Justice.

Front row: Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway), Director-General Emeritus, World Health Organization and former Prime Minister of Norway; N.R. Narayana Murthy (India), Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Limited; and Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation.

As India marks major milestones in efforts to eradicate polio and improve energy access, the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors met at the Infosys Headquarters in Bangalore and in New Delhi to see first-hand how partnerships and innovation are powering a more sustainable future for India and the world.

Presiding at the meeting were Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner, Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth, and N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Infosys Limited, who was the host of the March 26-30 sessions.

As part of a wide-ranging itinerary, during their trip to India, the Board will meet with government, business and civil society leaders to share strategies for developing public-private partnerships that leverage advances in technology to support UN efforts to bolster global sustainability.

Earlier this month, India celebrated a major milestone - a full year without a single new case of polio - and was removed from the World Health Organization's list of polio endemic countries. Building on this successful model, India and its partners are committed to reducing deaths from other diseases, including measles.

"India has proven that partnerships with the UN are working; being removed from the polio endemic list is just the beginning," said Turner. "India's success in the fight against polio proves that cooperation works. It is an example of how a rapidly transforming India can lead the world into a healthier, more prosperous, and more environmentally sustainable century."

"India's success can be attributed to its culture of innovation," said Murthy. "India is an example of how global problems can be solved through strategic and innovative partnerships that work with the UN to create new, bold solutions that leverage technology. Sustainability, growth, and equality are key to India's continued progress, and committed partners such as the UN Foundation will help India advance these important goals."