2018 Private Sector Forum – Building and Investing in Peace for All

  • Overview

    Convened by Secretary-General António Guterres, the 2018 UN Private Sector Forum (New York, 24 September 2018) will provide an important opportunity for business leaders to join key Heads of State and UN Principals at the table for high-level discussions on peace, a major agenda item of the 73rd regular session of the UN General Assembly. 

    The UN Private Sector Forum will feature high-level roundtable discussions between leaders from business, Government, civil society and the UN as well as keynote speeches and an intimate fireside chat to kick-off the discussions.


    Violent conflict and instability disrupt markets and societies, and the scale of current humanitarian crises is unparalleled. In our deeply interconnected world, violent conflicts have global impacts and cannot be overlooked by any sector of society. Rising inequalities, rampant corruption, increased competition for scarce natural resources and climate change continue to bring about tensions that can accelerate the fragmentation of societies, exacerbate current conflict and create new ones.

    In addressing ongoing conflicts in our world, the Secretary-General calls for "a holistic approach which prioritizes prevention, and addresses the root causes of conflict by integrating peace, sustainable development and human rights."" The UN Sustainable Development Goals are deeply related to peace, as they are both precursors to it and a result of it. Although the primary responsibility for peace and security rests with Governments, businesses play a key role in ensuring that they do no harm and in contributing to and investing in sustainable development and peace.

    Constructive multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration between Governments, the private sector and civil society are pre-requisites for comprehensive solutions that are required to build the foundation for achieving and sustaining peace and attaining the Global Goals.


    The UN Private Sector Forum will:

    • Explore how the private sector and investors can take a principle-based approach to contribute to achieving the Global Goals and sustaining peace
    • Strengthen the public-private dialogue by showcasing currently successful business initiatives with a specific Government, UN or civil society partnership component
    • Showcase strong examples of cross-sector collaboration that build more peaceful and stable societies
    • Highlight strong examples of commitments that support the realization of more peaceful and stable societies, and support companies in making new commitments


    Invitation-only event with participation at the highest level:

    • Chief Executives
    • Heads of State/Government
    • Heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes
    • Heads of investor groups
    • Heads of civil society organizations

    *Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with concerted efforts made by the UN Global Compact to ensure balanced geographic, gender and sectoral representation. 

    UN Private Sector Forum Overview
    UN Private Sector Forum 2018 Featured Attendees
    UN Private Sector Forum Agenda
    Building Peace and Prosperity What Business Can Do
    Building Peace and Prosperity for All Graphic Recording





    Since 2008, the UN Private Sector Forum has provided an annual opportunity for businesses to make commitments to contribute to the global sustainability agenda. As a core component of this year’s event, business participants of the 2018 UN Private Sector Forum: Building and Investing in Peace for All are requested to join and commit to at least one of a selection of multi-stakeholder initiatives that are tackling some of the most pressing challenges of our time related to peace.

    You can learn more about all of the initiatives in the document below:

    UN Private Sector Forum Commitments to Action
    Check-In On 2016 Commitments



    H.E. António Guterres
    United Nations

    H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés
    President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly,
    United Nations

    H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa
    Republic of South Africa

    H.E. Mokgweetsi Masisi
    Republic of Botswana

    Lise Kingo
    CEO & Executive Director,
    United Nations Global Compact

    Ndaba Mandela
    Founder and Chairman, Africa Rising Foundation & Founder,
    Mandela Project

    Michael Douglas
    United Nations Messenger of Peace

    Leymah Gbowee
    Director, Gbowee Peace Foundation; Nobel Peace Laureate; SDG Advocate

    Lyse Doucet
    Chief International Correspondent,

    Paul Polman
    Chief Executive Officer,

    Norihiro Takahashi
    Chief Executive Officer,

    Bradford Smith
    President and Chief Legal Officer,
    Microsoft Corporation

    Sharan Burrow
    General Secretary,
    International Trade Union Confederation

    María Victoria Llorente
    Executive Director,
    Fundación Ideas para la Paz

    Ren Hongbin
    China National Machinery Corp