Held in New York on 19-20 September 2013, the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013: Architects of a Better World brought together 1,200 chief executives with leaders from civil society, Government and the United Nations to unveil the Business Engagement Architecture to align and scale up business action in support of sustainable development priorities. The Summary Report provides an overview of the Leaders Summit's high-level corporate sustainability strategy discussions and the strategic recommendations and action imperatives for the future of the initiative produced at the Leaders Summit.
Speeches by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell at the 2007 Leaders Summit (4 videos).
UN Global Compact Executive Director Lise Kingo outlines crucial role of Local Networks in finding Local SDG Pioneers who are making the global goals local business.
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This publication presents the main discussions and outcomes from the 2019 UN Private Sector Forum Meeting on Climate Change. The Private Sector Forum took place in New York on 23 September 2019 as the official Luncheon of the UN Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General to raise ambition to tackle climate change. It brought together more than 350 global climate leaders for a multi-stakeholder, inter-generational dialogue designed to help the world urgently align on a collective course of action in tackling the climate crisis. Important highlights included the introduction of the “Business Ambition for 1.5˚C” campaign, incentivizing companies to set science-based targets to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and in line with a 1.5˚C future.
Held in observance of International Women's Day, the 2016 WEPs Annual Event, Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development, brought together inspirational business leaders, including innovative female entrepreneurs, with civil society, the UN and Government, to scale-up business action and unleash the full potential of women and girls. Through high-level panels and interactive sessions, participants dove into how diverse companies around the world are implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and helping to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set forth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Chief Executives of Caring for Climate and UNEP-FI signatories engaged in a high-level meeting together with Government representatives, including representatives of relevant bodies established under the UNFCCC. The high-level meeting put forward an overview of all commitments and contributions by business and investors towards COP21. Following welcoming remarks, participants engaged in discussions focused on pricing the cost of carbon emissions. The event concluded with a report-back segment and key recommendations for Government actions that would help bring greater scale and quality to corporate climate leadership globally. The high-level meeting was the focus area business event under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda.
Held over two days, the third annual Caring for Climate Business Forum at COP21/CMP11 provided a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue and action among business, investors, civil society, the UN and Government officials. The first day of the Forum consisted of plenary and thematic sessions on the topics of carbon pricing, science-based target setting, responsible policy engagement, adaptation and finance. Sessions were organized by the UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNEP Finance Initiative, UNFCCC secretariat and in collaboration with Caring for Climate strategic partners, which include Global Compact Network France, CDP, The Climate Group, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), United Nations Foundation and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
The report summarizes the discussions and outcomes of the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2007.
Held on 22-23 June in New York, the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016 convened more than 1,000 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labour, academia, the UN and Government to jump-start business action everywhere on the SDGs. Below is a video produced for the Leader Summit. Please check back for live recordings from the event.
Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Private Sector Forum 2015 focused on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Convened in the context of the UN summit for the adoption of Agenda 2030, the interactive Forum was designed to increase understanding of efforts underway by the private sector and civil society, and provide a platform for the private sector to announce long-term goals and partnerships that will make an important contribution towards achieving sustainable development for all.
Economist Jeffrey Sachs describes how public-private partnerships saved over 1 million lives by increasing access to HIV/AIDS medications. Speech was delivered at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.