Business Guide to CSW62

Are you organizing a business-relevant event during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)?

In an effort to promote business participation at events being planned in celebration of International Women's Day (8 March) and/or convened during CSW62 in New York City, the UN Global Compact, together with UN Women and UN Office for Partnerships, is creating a Business Guide to CSW62 (Business Guide): a calendar of events that are open to and may be of interest to the private sector.

Many different events are organized in and around CSW62 with a business focus or that welcome private sector participation. Some are organized by United Nations entities, while many others are convened by outside organizations. The Business Guide is a compilation of events which may be of interest to businesses attending CSW62.

Kindly note that the UN Global Compact does not manage invitations or registration for events in the Business Guide. If you are interested in participating in an event listed, please find information about registering through the event link/contact provided.

If you would like to have your event featured in the Business Guide, please submit it for our consideration using this form. The Business Guide will feature those events that:

  1. Take place in New York City between 5 - 23 March 2018
  2. Are open to business participation
  3. Plan for or welcome discussion on the role of business in advancing gender equality

For any questions regarding the Business Guide, feel free to reach out to Sabrina Fetibegovic at

Mobilizing Public and Private Investments in the LDCs For Women’s Economic Empowerment

13 March, 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: Conference Room 8, UN Secretariat

The event will showcase the three-agency initiative “Inclusive and Equitable Local Development” (IELD), which seeks to promote women’s economic empowerment at the local level by identifying, de-risking and investing in gender-responsive projects with public and private domestic capital.

To register, kindly contact

Women on Boards: Are Quotas the Answer?

15 March, 11:30am to 1:30pm

Location: MetLife Building, Offices of Paul Hastings LLP, 200 Park Avenue, 20th Floor

Panel featuring Norway’s Minister for Equality Linda Hofsted Helleland, Australia’s Minister for Revenues Kelly O’Dwyer, and Malaysia’s Secretary-General in Ministry for Women, Family, and Community Affairs Dato’ Soriani Ahmad will discuss why quotas have succeeded in their respective countries. Gender diversity on corporate boards has been shown to lead to better corporate governance and profitability. Panel will share how quotas have accelerated gender diversity on corporate boards and the effects of more women board directors.

To register, kindly contact

2018 Annual Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Forum

15 March, 3pm to 6pm

Location: UN headquarters (ECOSOC Chamber), 10017

Highlighting how the business community is playing a pivotal role in designing global solutions for gender equality and women's empowerment.

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Private Sector: Agents of Change on Gender Equality

19 March, 8:15am to 9:30am

Location: Conference Room 12, GA Building

The event will focus on UNFPA - Private Sector collaboration on promoting gender equality and combating Gender Based Violence in Turkey, through corporate programmes and fatherhood involvement. It will focus on providing concrete examples of how private sector can engage and take proactive actions that will positively impact their employees life, and help them achieve better corporate results.

To register, kindly contact

Leveraging ICTs to empower rural women and girls

20 March, 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: UN Express Bar, 3rd floor (South of GA Hall)

The International Telecommunication Union is organizing a side event during CSW to showcase the power of ICTs and how it could continue to empower rural women and girls.

To register, kindly contact