United Nations Private Sector Forum 2015

  • Overview

    Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Private Sector Forum 2015 will focus on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Convened in the context of the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the interactive Forum is designed to increase understanding of efforts underway by the private sector and civil society, and provide a platform for the private sector to announce long-term goals and partnerships that will make an important contribution towards achieving sustainable development for all.  

    The UN Global Compact will lead the organization of the Forum, in close collaboration with the Office of the Post-2015 Development Planning. Organizing Committee Partners will include a group of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes and the UN Foundation.  

    Participation in the UN Private Sector Forum is by invitation only. Due to limited capacity, select chief executives and leaders from civil society organizations, including labour organizations and business associations that are UN Global Compact signatories or actively working with the United Nations, will have priority in attending the event. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with concerted efforts made to ensure geographic and sectoral representation.



    UN Private Sector Forum 2015 Logo

    Saturday, 26 September 2015, 11:00 - 15:00
    Delegates Dining Room, UN Headquarters, New York


    H.E. Ms. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
    H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
    Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer of Facebook
    Bono, Lead singer of U2 and Co-founder of ONE and (RED)​


    Segment 1: Private sector session (South Delegates)

      CEO Panel: Top leaders will discuss the business case for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how companies can take action.
      Launch of the SDG Compass: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Global Compact will introduce the SDG Compass, a guide for companies on how they can contribute to the realization of the SDGs.
      Announcements: CEOs will announce actions to advance the SDGs, including setting corporate goals aligned with the SDGs and undertaking partnerships with other stakeholders.

    Transition to Delegates Dining Room


    Segment 2: Private sector joined by Heads of State/Government & UN leaders

      Opening Address by H.E. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General
      Keynote Remarks

    Roundtable Discussions: Looking at SDG 16, participants will explore how the private sector can accelerate progress on the entire sustainable development agenda through a discussion on one of the following themes:

    1. anti-corruption; (download briefing note);    
    2. peace and stability (download briefing note); and  
    3. the rule of law (download briefing note).    
      Report Back and Announcements: Rapporteurs will share key outcomes from the day's meeting, including discussions and announcements.

    UN Private Sector Forum 2015 concludes

    Download a PDF of the program


    Live Webcast

    Both segments of the Private Sector Forum will be webcast live from UN Web TV.

    Tune in here on 26 September at 11:00am to watch live.




    Additional Events

    On the occasion of the opening of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly and the Summit for the Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals a number of events and opportunities are being convened in New York City.

    Click here to see an overview of some of these events.