Beginning on September 15th, leaders from around the world will convene virtually for the 75th United Nations General Assembly. This annual gathering features hundreds of events throughout September where world leaders discuss some of the biggest global challenges – from public health to climate change to human rights – and drive progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for a more equitable global future.
CBi has compiled a list of events related to the private sector during UNGA 2020. You can browse through and participate in these events throughout the month of September.
Connecting Business initiative
Global Impact Forum | Session: Building Beirut Back Better: How the private sector can support response and recovery
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 | 6:00 am EST
This session will explore how the private sector can support the Government, UN system, civil society and others in responding to and recovering from the multi-faceted crisis in Lebanon. It will help participants understand the role of public-private partnerships and principled business operations in strengthening national capabilities. The conversation will also highlight solutions to build resilient communities and businesses while respecting the Ten Principles and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information about this session, please click here.
United Nations Development Programme
Launch for Tomorrow: A global platform for grassroots innovation with Hyundai Motor Company | 21 September | 11am – 12:30pm Click to Access
Business action in and beyond supply chains: How public-private collaboration is driving landscape and jurisdictional impacts | 23 September | 7:30am – 9pm GMT Click to Access
A Climate Week conversation with senior corporate and government representatives, exploring the rationale for private sector collaboration with governments in commodity producing countries – through landscape, jurisdictional/subnational and national level initiatives – to strengthen sustainable agricultural commodity production.
SDG Business Forum: Private Sector Facility Launch | 23 September | 7am – 2pm Click to Access
UN Global Compact - Uniting Business LIVE Register here
To mark the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, UNGC's special event Uniting Business LIVE from 21 to 23 September will virtually convene leaders from business, Government and civil society to showcase their commitment to the UN’s mission.
Monday, 21 September 2020 | UN Global Compact Private Sector Forum
Since 2008, the UN Secretary-General’s annual Private Sector Forum has gathered global leaders during the UN General Assembly week to address major global issues such as climate change, sustainable development and human rights. This year, the Private Sector Forum will be accessible to all Uniting Business LIVE attendees to engage first-hand in debates and discussions covering multilateralism, human and labour rights, and peace.
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 | UN Global Compact Global Impact Forum
The inaugural Global Impact Forum will showcase four key initiatives to mobilize corporate action on the Global Goals: SDG Ambition, Target Gender Equality, Young SDG Innovators, and Business Ambition for 1.5°C. The Forum will focus on implementing these initiatives at regional, national and organizational levels, driving impact and scaling solutions from the ground up.
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 | UN Global Compact SDG Business Forum
The SDG Business Forum, co-hosted by the UN Global Compact, the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UN DESA) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), coincides with the start of the UN’s Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs. This Forum will showcase companies that are using their influence to lead the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and examine a new form of leadership that has emerged during this crisis. You will learn how the private sector — in partnership with Governments and civil society leaders — is leveraging the framework of the SDGs to respond to immediate threats in their communities.
Concordia - 2020 Concordia Annual Summit Register here
Monday, 21 September 2020 - Friday, 25 September 2020
The five-day10th Annual Summit will provide a non-partisan platform for world leaders to share their vision in an open, transparent, and inclusive forum. Crucially, it will prompt those hard, but necessary, conversations with heads of state, CEOs, NGO executives, and changemakers, but also with those directly affected by the issues causing division across the globe.
Concordia is transforming the 10th Concordia Annual Summit into a five-day digital experience, with cutting-edge content, a powerful speaker roster and interactive networking opportunities. The themes will cover from the ongoing fight for racial justice to the future of technology in a post-COVID world.
World Economic Forum - Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020
Monday, 21 September 2020 - Thursday, 24 September 2020
Taking place in the context of the United Nations General Assembly, the World Economic Forum’s fourth and, for the first time, fully virtual Sustainable Development Impact Summit will convene leaders from government, business, international organizations and civil society along with a diverse group of experts and innovators to initiate, accelerate and scale-up entrepreneurial solutions to tackle climate change and advance sustainable development.
What is on the agenda ?
A highly interactive four-day programme follows five thematic tracks:
- Shared Prosperity: how to achieve cohesive, inclusive and resilient economic, health and social systems
- Catalysing cooperation: how to boost global and regional cooperation for sustainable development
- Better business: how to initiate and accelerate responsible business transformation and growth
- Harnessing technology: how to accelerate smart solutions for sustainable development
- Liveable planet: how to mobilize innovation and entrepreneurship to protect people and planet
The meeting overview can be found here.
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Business Fights Poverty - NYC Online #RebuildBetter Register here
Monday, 21 September 2020 - Friday, 25 September 2020
For over 10 years we have been bringing people together in-person in New York during UN General Assembly week. This year, Business Fights Poverty NYC will bring the participants together online, building on the success of Business Fights Poverty Online 2020 held in July.
Business Fights Poverty NYC Online 2020, co-hosted with AB InBev and Visa, will provide the participants with the opportunity to collectively set out a vision for what “better” looks like - at the level of society, business and the individual, and spark collaborative action to make this a reality.
Participants will come away with fresh insights and new peer relationships to tackle the most pressing challenges facing business, people and planet.
Business Call to Action (BCtA) -10th Annual Forum “Reimagining Resilience Through Inclusive Business Innovation” Register here
Thursday, 24 September 2020
On September 24 BCtA’s will host its10th Annual Forum “Reimagining Resilience through Inclusive Business Innovation,”. The forum seeks to inform new paths to resilience and inspire a renewed commitment to sustainable development through inclusive business. The event will tap into BCtA's member network of inclusive business trailblazers to highlight real-world examples of business models that address both immediate pandemic-related concerns and contribute to longer-term sustainable development. It will also convene government and UN representatives for strategic discussions on charting the new frontier of business and sustainable development.
This list is by no means exhaustive. To add an existing event related to the private sector, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. CBi will continually update this page for more upcoming events.
Photo credit: UN Photo / Manuel Elias