Press Release – (New York, 13 September 2017) — The United Nations Global Compact announced today that the private sector will be able to engage in more than 30 business-oriented forums and events at the 72nd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), taking place from 12-25 September 2017 in New York.
“With less than 5,000 days to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals by the 2030 deadline, there is urgent need for greater ambition and action from the global business community, and this year’s UNGA is the perfect moment to engage,” said UN Global Compact CEO & Executive Director Lise Kingo. “The UN Global Compact is excited to engage a diverse group of business leaders at our inaugural CEO Roundtable, annual UN Private Sector Forum and our Leaders Summit, as we will release new tools this year to enable greater private sector support for the SDGs. We welcome the partnership of our global membership, as well as new private sector leaders who have committed to our Ten Principles for responsible business and are dedicated to seeing accelerated progress toward the Global Goals.”
In 2015, the 193 members of the United Nations agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development — known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If these Global Goals are achieved, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030 — and Governments are calling on private actors to be a part of the solution. The SDGs represent the most ambitious global development agenda in history and a tremendous opportunity to create a global movement for sustainable business.
This year’s UNGA will largely focus on progress to date on the SDGs, as well as the road forward to reaching these goals by 2030. The UN Global Compact, which plays a vital role in facilitating strategic partnership between the United Nations and the private sector in support of UN values and responsible business, has a host of events planned as well as several significant tools to help the business community engage with the Sustainable Development agenda. Major planned activities for UNGA 2017 include:
Key speakers include: H.E. Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation; Al Gore, former US Vice President; Scott Mather, Chief Investment Officer U.S. Core Strategies, PIMCO; Walt Macnee, Vice Chairman, Mastercard; Sunil Mittal, Chairman, ICC and Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises; Mark Schneider, CEO Nestlé S.A.; Nomsa Daniels, CEO Graça Machel Trust.
Confirmed speakers include: Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Jean Louis Chauss, CEO, Suez; Mark Wilson, CEO, Aviva; Patrick Thomas, CEO, Covestro; Vineet Rai, Founder, Aavishkar Intellecap Group; Tim Mohin, CEO, GRI; Abby Maxman, President and CEO, Oxfam; Saran Kaba Jones, Founder & CEO, FACE Africa; Jean Bennington Sweeney, Chief Sustainability Officer, 3M; and Lorna Davis, Chief Manifesto Catalyst, Danone, among others.
New Research Reports and Tools
During UNGA week, the UN Global Compact and its partners will deliver new tools for the global private sector to implement our Ten Principles and find opportunities to advance the SDGs, including the 2017 UN Global Compact Progress Report. This new research report takes stock of the 9,500 companies participating in the UN Global Compact and their contributions to sustainable development. The Report highlights breakthrough innovations alongside products and services that promise to transform markets for a more sustainable future.
For more information on business-oriented forums and events during UNGA 2017, explore our Business Guide to UN General Assembly Week 2017 — available here. The aim of the guide is to better coordinate business participation during UNGA week and bring private sector stakeholders to the table.
Featuring meetings and events with a business focus or that welcome private sector participation, and spanning all 17 SDGs, the Guide includes over 30 events organized in and around UNGA. Some are organized by United Nations entities, while many others are convened by outside organizations.
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