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Event Calendar 2015

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The following reflects in-person events either convened by the Global Compact or with its support. Additionally, the Global Compact holds a number of webinars on a variety of topics.

You can also view events convened by our sister initiatives: Principles for Responsible InvestmentPrinciples for Responsible Management Education and the Global Compact Cities Programme.

Disclaimer: It has been brought to the attention of the UN Global Compact that fraudulent emails containing invitations to fake events and misusing the United Nations name and emblem are being circulated. These fraudulent emails usually solicit personal information concerning the recipients of the invitation and state that the United Nations would cover various expenses of the attendees. The invitations are purportedly sent by UN officials and create a false impression that the fake events are authentic and endorsed by the United Nations. Recipients of such communications mentioning the UN Global Compact and/or any of its staff members should verify the authenticity of such invitations by checking this calendar and/or contacting the UN Global Compact Office (info@unglobalcompact.org). 


Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality (The 7th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event)

10-11 March
New York, USA

Lauren Gula
Dzana Ferhatbegovic
Human Rights
Women's Empowerment Principles

The WEPs Annual Event will bring together leaders from business, Government, the UN and civil society to reflect on the implications of the Beijing Platform for Action (PfA) and the re-visioned SDG. The event will provide the opportunity to project an action agenda driven by the WEPs business champions and constituents. The event will also focus on concrete steps and actions that business can take to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.

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Bringing Down the Barriers: Women, Business and the Rule of Law

12 March
New York, USA

Kristina Nygaard
Human Rights
Business for the Rule of Law

Jointly hosted by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United States Council for International Business (USCIB) and the UN Global Compact, this session aims to foster knowledge exchange and enhance dialogue for partnerships on issues related to women, business and the rule of law through the lens of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. The session will examine how establishing conducive enabling environments and good governance (Goal 16) helps women thrive as entrepreneurs and employees, which can foster, and is fostering, greater and more inclusive sustainable development.

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Employment: The Autism Advantage

2 April
New York, USA

Jon Herbertsson ​
Human Rights

Labour Rights

This panel discussion will be organized on the occassion of World Autism Awareness Day. It will focus on measures required to support growth in employment opportunities for people on the autism spectrum. The intention will be to demonstrate that people with autism can be valued employees for employers who understand their unique and often exceptional skills, as well as what it takes to create work zones where people with autism can excel. This event is is organized by the UN DPI and DESA, in cooperation with The Specialist People Foundation, and with the support of the Global Compact. 

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Workshop: Corporate Leadership and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Building a Community of Practice

23 April 2015
New York, USA

Michelle Lau
Human Rights
Indigenous Peoples' Rights

This workshop will bring together corporate practitioners and
Indigenous leaders in establishing space for exchanging knowledge and insights on successful community engagement with indigenous peoples, while reflecting on key issues and trends related to business and indigenous peoples' rights. Coinciding with the 14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City, the workshop is co-hosted by the UN Global Compact, First Peoples Worldwide, and Future 500.

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Business & Climate Summit

20-21 May
Paris, France

Margaret Fenwick
Lila Karbassi
Caring for Climate

Organized by the Global Compact Network France and Enterprises pour l'Environnement, with the support of Caring for Climate and additional partners, the Business & Climate Summit will serve as a platform to highlight business solutions towards a low-carbon economy and discuss the frameworks and policies needed to deploy low-carbon solutions. The Summit will convene both international business leaders and policy makers with a view to encourage dialogue between public and private actors and build momentum towards a climate agreement at COP21 in December in Paris.

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Global Compact+15: Business as a force for good 

23 - 25 June
New York, USA


Marking the UN Global Compact’s 15th anniversary, the conference will bring business and civil society to the United Nations to show how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, with an emphasis on the United Nations global agenda for sustainable development to be released later this year (the SDGs).

Who: 500 participants from Global Compact Local Networks, companies, investors, academia, civil society, labour and UN private sector representatives.

- Focused meetings: On 24 June, participants will gather in smaller focused meetings – for example on human rights, anti-corruption, supply chain, Local Networks or UN partnerships – to determine how their work already is and can better contribute to achieving the SDGs.
- Conference: On 25 June, all participants will join together in a plenary session in the UN General Assembly Hall to demonstrate to Government the private sector’s critical role in solving our world’s greatest challenges and show how the Global Compact’s work is at the heart of the United Nations agenda.
​- Celebration Dinner: On the evening of 25 June, the dinner will celebrate the Global Compact’s philosophy of shared responsibility for a better world and the progress made with business around the globe over 15 years – showing why the corporate sustainability movement is more relevant than ever as we look to the next 15 years.


Global Compact XIII Annual Local Network Forum and UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting

24 - 25 June
New York, USA

Melissa Powell
Walid Nagi
UN-Business Partnerships
Local Networks

The UN System Private Sector Focal Points (PSFP) Meeting and the Annual Local Networks Forum (ALNF) will be convened alongside one another reflecting the Global Compact’s goal to better engage the private sector in taking action in pursuit of UN goals and issues at the country level. Held each year, the PSFP Meeting aims to enhance communication, strengthen learning and improve coordination among UN staff working with the private sector, and the ALNF brings together representatives from Local Networks and companies to share their experiences and network.


United Nations Private Sector Forum

TBC September
New York, USA


Since 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the UN Private Sector Forum during the opening session of the General Assembly in order to bring the voice of the private sector to inter-governmental negotiations on key topics. The UN Private Sector Forum will convene approximately 300 Heads of State and Government, Chief Executive Officers, Civil Society Leaders and Heads of UN Agencies. Participation is by invitation only.



Caring for Climate Business Forum

7 - 9
Paris, France

Jayoung Park

The annual Caring for Climate Business Forum during COP21/CMP11. The Forum seeks to serve as a channel for the private sector to make genuine contributions to climate change negotiations annually and will provide business and investors a platform for exchange and collaboration with governments, civil society and UN through numerous thematic sessions linked to the UNFCCC agenda. Participation is by invitation only.