The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

Programme

Sep 24, 2018

United Nations Headquarters, 405 42nd Street, NY, NY 10017, United States of America

During the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, global leaders came together to set an ambitious new plan for a better world by 2030. As the most inclusive global agenda of our time, the Global Goals have become a to-do list for all stakeholders, including business, to work towards a future where no one is left behind. But advancing progress on human rights, peace and security, and sustainable development is no easy feat, and it is clear that delivering on this vision will require stronger leadership and more scalable action from us all.

Three years into the 2030 Agenda, we have seen many stakeholders step up to the challenge — Governments are increasingly working with other stakeholders to deliver on their national SDG action plans while businesses continue to find new ways to pursue the Global Goals as a strategic business agenda. But despite some progress, pressing global concerns remain. We continue to see rising inequalities, widespread violation of human rights, increased competition for scarce resources and the growing human, environmental and economic effects of climate change. At a time where unity is needed most, societies are becoming increasingly fragmented, with tensions and conflict continuing to build. No single nation or sector can deal with these challenges in isolation — we need all hands on deck and the time to act is now.

As the main multi-stakeholder stocktaking opportunity during the UN General Assembly week, the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018 will bring an international community of leaders from business, investor groups, Government and civil society together at the United Nations for a collection of high-level engagement and networking opportunities. On Monday, 24 September, join us as we take stock of business progress towards the Global Goals, celebrate shared achievements and discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead on our journey towards a more peaceful, just and prosperous world.

A full overview of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018 is available here.


Programme

09:00-10:00 Welcome Breakfast – Leadership for the World We Want

Join UN Global Compact CEO and Executive Director Lise Kingo as we kick-off the Leaders Summit 2018 and present this year’s UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers.

10:30-12:30 CEO Roundtable – Closing the Inequality Gap: Human Rights as a Driver for Successful Business

In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, join UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, leading CEOs and a select audience of observers for a candid discussion addressing business progress on equality and human rights. Learn more here.

12:30-15:00 UN Private Sector Forum – Building and Investing in Peace for All

Leaders from Government, the UN and civil society will join businesses at the table for a high-level policy dialogue with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres exploring how the private sector can best work with other stakeholders to secure a more peaceful and prosperous world for all. Learn more here.

15:30-17:30 The UN Global Compact in Action – Driving Progress and Scaling Impact

Discover practical insights from UN Global Compact participating companies and take inspiration from leading experts and practitioners connecting the dots between the world’s most pressing challenges and the innovative solutions that can help business and partners to tackle them at scale. Learn more here.

19:30-22:00 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit Reception – Ocean at MoMA

Co-hosted by the Government of Norway, join us for an evening of celebration and networking at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and experience first-hand why sustainable ocean business is the new frontier for the 2030 Agenda.