Connecting Business initiative




Upcoming events

  • Pacific Resilience Week, Suva, Fiji, 2-6 October 2017
  • COP23 Climate Conference, Bonn, Germany, 6-17 November 2017
  • World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland,  23-26 January 2018
  • Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week, Geneva, Switzerland, 5-9 February 2018

Past events and updates

  • United Nations General Assembly 2018 High-level Event on Collective Private Sector Action, New York, USA, 19 September 2017
  • ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, Geneva, Switzerland, 23 July 2017
  • COP23 pre event “Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event”, 3-4 July 2017
  • Uganda Solidarity Summit, 22-23 June 2017
  • World Reconstruction Conference Technical Session on “Private sector as a key partner in preparedness, response and recovery”, Brussels, Belgium, 7 June 2017
  • Asia and the Pacific Regional Humanitarian Partnership Forum, Bangkok, Thailand, 7-9 June 2017
  • Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Cancun, Mexico, 22-26 May 2017
  • Launch of the Humanitarian Private Sector Platform in Cote d'Ivoire, Abidjan, 6 April 2017. Read more here
  • Istanbul Development Dialogues, Istanbul, Turkey, 23-24 March 2017. The private sector panel video recording can be found here and read more on the event website here.
  • RES/CON The Global Resilience Summit - Thought Leadership Forum, New Orleans, 8 March 2017 9.00-11.30. Read more here.
  • 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas
  • CBi Annual Event, Geneva, Switzerland, The first annual meeting of the Connecting Business Initiative took place in Geneva on 7 February 2017 during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week (HNPW). Read the press release here.
  • Nordic Innovation Day, Helsinki, Finland, CBi supported the Nordic Innovation Day - Solution-oriented workshops on humanitarian and resilience innovations in Syria and neighboring countries in Helsinki, Finland on 23 January 2017. Read more at  #SupportSyrians
  • World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Transferable Models for Localization of the SDGs - 1BC Interactive Solutions Forum took place on Friday 20th January 2017, from 10:00 AM -11:30 AM at the WFP Tent at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. 
  • Launch event: Connecting Business initiative was launched in the World Humanitarian Summit on 24 May 2016, Video recording of the launch event is available here, Twitter @Connecting_biz #ConnectBiz and #ShareHumanity, Press release of the launch event is available here

WHS Commitments to Action report launched on 8 September 2016

Find the report here

UN Secretary General's Outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit report to the General Assembly released on 23 August 2016

Find the report here

Op-ed: Coming of age for humanitarians and the private sector

By Stephen O'Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

5 July 2016 - Read the full op-ed here