USCIB Engages the United Nations

USCIB is planning a number of activities for its members during influential United Nations meetings and deliberations in New York, including this year’s UN General Assembly (UNGA) meetings, which get underway from September 16-27.

As the supreme governing body of the United Nations, the General Assembly is best known for televised speeches by Heads of State. For business, the GA’s real significance is its decision-making guidance and approval for UN outcomes and activities, which in turn drive international policy direction and national regulatory action.

A substantial focus of this year’s UNGA will be on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Accordingly, these updates:

  • lay out the primary business issues we anticipate in connection with these deliberations
  • describe USCIB’s activities in influential inter-governmental forums since last year’s Rio+20 Summit
  • highlight emerging government positions and provide further detailed analysis of issues under discussion.

USCIB is planning several events for its members over the two opening weeks of the UNGA, and will work closely with the International Chamber of Commerce and other business groups to express USCIB views.These events will provide opportunities for constructive involvement of U.S. companies in shaping policy at the UN and reflect USCIB member interests and contributions on these strategic issues.

Meetings for USCIB members in New York will include:

  • USCIB’s International Leadership Award Dinner (September 18)
  • “UN Door Knock” meetings with government representatives and UN officials (September 26)
  • International Business Green Economies Dialogue Meeting: Economic Aspects and Implications of the SDGs for Trade, Investment and Development (September 26)

Please mark your calendars for these important events, and we will provide more information as it becomes available. And please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any aspect of USCIB’s engagement with the UN.

Staff contact: Norine Kennedy

Staff Contact:   Norine Kennedy

Senior VP, Policy and Global Strategy
Tel: 212.703.5052

Norine Kennedy promotes U.S. business participation in international environmental policy and management initiatives, and works closely with industry, government and NGOs to promote sustainable development and green growth. She also spearheads USCIB’s strategic international engagement initiative, which seeks to advance meaningful business participation and regulatory diplomacy in inter-governmental organizations.
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