2016 is a year of action: the United Nations, Governments, Business and Civil Society are coming together to jump-start progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s UN Private Sector Forum is focused on the role of business in advancing sustainable development to prevent global instability. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Forum will be convened in the context of the United Nations High-Level Summit on Large Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants.
With the theme of Business and the Global Goals: Securing the Way Forward, the Private Sector Forum will highlight important connections between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the new Agenda for Humanity – which, together with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Action Agenda on Financing for Development, are pillars of the 2030 Agenda.
Over 60 million people are displaced by conflict and instability worldwide, and average displacement time now stretches 17 years. These staggering numbers challenge global efforts to secure a truly sustainable and prosperous future for all. Advancing the 2030 Agenda is crucial to stem growing flows of people fleeing conflict and insecurity around the world, address root causes of instability, and avoid future crises caused by large scale migration and forced displacement. Whether creating jobs, investing in education, skills, and training, supporting refugee resettlement efforts, or tackling underlying causes of displacement like climate change, companies can have a huge impact in preventing instability and helping peaceful societies flourish by investing in the SDGs. The Private Sector Forum will identify and showcase business contributions in these areas and explore opportunities for greater collaboration between the UN and the private sector to secure a peaceful and sustainable future for all.
350 Chief Executives, Heads of State and Government, leaders of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, and leaders from civil society, business associations, foundations and investor groups will attend the forum. Participation is by invitation only. Due to limited capacity, chief executives and leaders from organizations that are UN Global Compact signatories will have priority in attending the event. To request an invitation please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through this event, brought to you by Sure We Can, different actors who work in the field will share their perspectives on this issue, including the view from the informal recycling system, learning from changing the consumption behavior, and insights about the strong connection between trash and climate change.
The Amazon Day will take place as a special session after the International Conference of Sustainable Development (ICSD) organized by UN-SDSN in Columbia University. The Amazon Day will occur in the 23rd September and represents an innovative initiative to engage people around the Amazon basin countries to promote sustainable development through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Please join Alliance leaders as we examine ways cities and the business community can work together to reduce carbon emissions and meet state and national climate and energy goals.
Join us for a rare opportunity for a private urban ecology tour on Saturday September 24 at noon.If you would like to volunteer with the NYC Parks' Stewardship Team before the tour, from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will work on removing invasive species to restore the precious woodland in Canarsie.
Cost: Invite Only
Event Type: Lecture/Forum, United Nations Meeting
Event Topic(s): Environment, Business, Development, Climate and Sustainable Development