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Third UN Private Sector Forum: The Millennium Development Goals

22 September 2010
New York, US

Melissa Powell
UN/Business Partnerships
Business for Development

The UN Private Sector Forum will bring together chief executives, Heads of State and Government, civil society leaders, heads of foundations and heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes to identify and discuss action needed to continue pursuing the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)



UN Private Sector Forum on Food Sustainability

September 2008
New York, US


Co-organized by the UN Global Compact Office, the UN Development Programme, the Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs (in its role as coordinator of the High-level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis), the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, and the UN Office for Partnerships. The first UN Private Sector Forum brought together approximately 100 chief executives from around the world, Heads of State and Government, civil society leaders, heads of foundations and heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes to identify and discuss action needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in the context of the longer-term response to the global food crisis.


United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) E-Discussion on Achieving Sustainable Development

February / March 2008

A moderated e-discussion on Achieving Sustainable Development, jointly organized by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and UNDP, was held as part of the preparatory process for the Annual Ministerial Review. Generating 110 responses from experts, practitioners and policy-makers from diverse regions and stakeholder groups, the e-discussion presented a rich array of perspectives and some actionable recommendations for consideration by the Council and the larger international community.

Event Website


Business and the Millennium Development Goals: An Active Role for Globally Responsible Companies

September 2005
New York, US


On the occasion of the UN Millennium Summit+5 held in September 2005, InWEnt, the World Bank Institute, Instituto Ethos and the UN Global Compact invited leaders from business, civil society, governments and international organizations to share experiences and lessons learned regarding the business contribution to the MDGs at the 10th International Business Forum.


Bending the Arc

July 2005
London, UK

International development experts, policy makers and business leaders met to discuss how the private sector can forge valuable partnerships with governments and civil society and mobilize resources to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Africa. Hosted by the Business Group of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the event was designed to set out practical recommendations for the African Union and G8 leaderships as they prioritized actions for achieving the MDGs. The event was co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), the UN Information and Communication Technologies Task Force, and the Global Compact.

NEPAD Press Release



Global Expert Workshop "Collective Business Action and National Initiatives on Anti-corruption"

July 2006
Barcelona, Spain

The workshop was hosted by the Global Compact Office, the International Business Leaders Forum, Transparency International and the World Bank Institute with the support of the Barcelona Center for the Global Compact.
Meeting Report (pdf)


Business Action for Africa Conference

July 2005
London, UK


The Conference was convened and co-sponsored by the G8 and NEPAD, and organised by the Commission for Africa and Commonwealth Business Council. The Summit launched Business Action for Africa (BAA), a business campaign to support Africa's development, and brought together over 330 African and international companies from 36 countries. The meeting was opened with an address from Prime Minister Tony Blair and closed by President Obasanjo.


The Business Contribution to the Millennium Development Goals

June 2005
Paris, France


A major international event on business contributions to development, hosted by French President Jacques Chirac and supported by Global Compact. The conference was convened with the goal of producing clear recommendations for how governments can enhance the role of business in achieving the MDGs.

Address by the Secretary General


Business Models for Meeting Development Challenges

May 2005
London, UK

UNDP, the Global Compact and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) brought together more than 70 representatives from business, civil society, government and the UN System  for the 2nd Business and Development Leadership Workshop "Business Models for Meeting Development Challenges". This senior-level symposium focused on innovative business models and practices to meet opportunities brought by markets, trade and investment in developing countries. The final meeting report highlights the main points of the discussion and focuses on the challenges for leaders within the business and development communities to work collaboratively to promote and mainstream business action for development.


Workshop on Partnerships for Small Enterprise Development

January 2004
New York

The Workshop was co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Unilever, and the Global Compact.


Business and Sustainable Development Policy Dialogue

February 2002
New York, US

The Policy Dialogue focused on identifying solutions in support of sustainable development. Two significant outcomes of this dialogue were the Growing Sustainable Business Initiative and the Global Compact Performance Model. The initiative “Growing Sustainable Business in the Least Developed Countries” grew out of this policy dialogue.

Project Outline (pdf)


Global Compact Regional Conclave in South Asia

March 2005
Jamshedpur, India

The two-day meeting brought together more than 200 senior representatives of companies, civil society and the UN to facilitate regional collaboration, share knowledge and present case studies of corporate-led partnerships and initiatives. It was jointly hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Tata Steel and the Global Compact Society India. The outcome of the meeting was the development of a publication highlighting a variety of projects undertaken by participating companies in the region.

Agenda | Draft Report
(Last Update 19 May 2009)