USCIB Spotlights Business Engagement During UNGA Week

From September 18 to 22, 193 countries will gather in New York for the opening of the 72nd UN General Assembly (GA). The GA is the UN’s governing body, and its sessions deliberate and decide global approaches on a wide range of issues and programs impacting and offering opportunities for U.S. business. Under the leadership of new Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the UN reform process underway this year holds out the promise of more inclusive and substantive public-private sector dialogue and cooperation in the UN system to advance economic growth and sustainable development.


USCIB at UN General Assembly Week, September 18-22 in New York

We are pleased to share an updated list of USCIB events during UNGA week. In particular, we’d like to invite you to register for a new USCIB UNGA week event on Friday, September 22nd from 3 – 5 pm: Business Makes it Happen. We also flag important events by the International Chamber of Commerce, IPIECA, and other business organizations for your awareness.

USCIB-Organized Events:

Monday, September 18: Business Fights Poverty Conference, “Rethinking Collaboration for the SDGs,”
8:30AM-2:30PM, hosted by Barclays offices at 745 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

USCIB will join forces with Business Fights Poverty to co-host this action-focused half-day event on how business, government and civil society are collaborating to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. USCIB’s President and CEO, Peter Robinson, and USCIB members will be on hand as panelists.

USCIB members are encouraged to RSVP directly here.

Tuesday, September 19: “Data Analytics for SDGs and National Reports,” a USCIB UNGA72 Breakfast Roundtable
8:00AM-10:00AM, hosted by KPMG at 345 Park Avenue (51st between Park and Lex), New York, NY 10154, 37th Floor

Measuring progress and tracking private sector development impact is crucial to prioritize deployment of investment and other business resources, and to inform SDG relevant policy and implementation. Big data is not enough by itself and governments and business alike are facing the challenge of “too much information.” A framework for understanding and prioritizing sustainability actions depends on the right analysis of that information.

Experts from USCIB member companies will present and discuss private sector frameworks for data analytics on SDG implementation, and consider opportunities for synergy with national reports for more targeted and comprehensive UN discussion and action.

As space is limited, please register here.

Thursday, September 21: “Going Further Together for Shared Impact: U.S. Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development” a USCIB UNGA72 Breakfast Roundtable
8:00AM-10:00AM, hosted by Deloitte at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Public-private cooperation is needed to break down silos, catalyze resources and join forces to address SDG challenges. Such partnerships are also identifying new business opportunities and innovative solutions. USCIB member companies and government partners will present and discuss examples of public-private sector partnership to advance the SDGs, with a view to expanding those working relationships and improving and scaling up efforts for shared impact and benefit.

As space is limited, please register here.

Friday, September 22: USCIB Side Event, Business Makes It Happen
3:00PM-5:00 PM, hosted by Pfizer at 235 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

This wrap-up event will present the main recommendations and initiatives identified during USCIB UNGA week events, and discuss next steps on key questions:

  • Where does UN reform create new opportunities to mobilize business action on SDGs?
  • How can business metrics and analytics optimize and scale up investment in needed infrastructure and implementation of SDGs?
  • What are the essential ingredients for impact in public private partnerships advancing the SDGs?
  • What is the institutional evolution needed to catalyze business innovation and involvement to advance SDGs in multilateral institutions?

As space is limited, please register here.

ICC Events

Monday, September 18: UN Global Compact Private Sector Forum, co-organized with ICC
From 12:30PM at UN Headquarters

Hosted annually by the UN Secretary General, the Forum invites leading CEOs and investors, Heads of State and Government, senior UN leadership and select civil society representatives to take part in an interactive discussion and high-level networking opportunity on the SDGs. This year, with the theme of Unlocking Prosperity: Financing the 2030 Agenda, the Forum will focus on ways stakeholders can work together to catalyze responsible business growth and unlock innovative forms of financing at an unprecedented scale.

Monday, September 18: Business for the SDGs: Innovation, Technology and Connectivity for a better future for all
5:00PM – 8:00PM at ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), GSMA, UN DESA, and the Governments of Indonesia and Colombia are delighted to invite you to this high-level event.

Only two years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, businesses, governments and civil society are deploying technology solutions to address key areas articulated by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many of these initiatives highlight how business can drive mobile technology, digital tools and connectivity to effectively support people, planet, prosperity and peace. Collaboration within and across industries, and with governments, will ensure an enabling environment for business to continue to accelerate its contribution to a better future for all.

During this invitation-only event, prominent speakers including Heads of State, UN officials and private sector leaders will share best practices on business action to advance the SDGs, the impact of industry-wide efforts, and how we can augment collaboration between governments and industries to accelerate the delivery of the SDGs.

Due to the need for security approved passes, and strict capacity limitations, please register here before Tuesday September 12. Should ICC receive your registration after this date, they will be unable to guarantee access to the venue. A confirmation email and further logistical details will follow after registration.

Other Business Events:

Monday, September 18: Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) launch
3:00PM-5:30PM at ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters

Peter Robinson, USCIB President and CEO is slated to speak. Event is open to the public.

Monday, September 18 & Tuesday, September 19: Concordia Annual Summit
Monday: 8:00AM-6:00PM, Tuesday: 7:30AM-6:00PM at Grand Hyatt New York – 109 East 42 Street, New York

Monday, September 18 & Tuesday, September 19: World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit
At Convene Conference Centre, 730 Third Avenue, New York

Wednesday, September 20: The oil, gas and mining industries and the 2030 Agenda: partnerships and participation to accelerate progress
12:30PM-3:00PM at The Harvard Club, 35 W. 44th Street, New York

Wednesday, September 20: Bloomberg Global Business Forum
7:30AM-3:00PM at The Plaza Hotel, New York

Thursday, September 21: UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017
At the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York

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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