Business Guide to CSW62

Are you organizing a business-relevant event during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)?

In an effort to promote business participation at events being planned in celebration of International Women's Day (8 March) and/or convened during CSW62 in New York City, the UN Global Compact, together with UN Women and UN Office for Partnerships, is creating a Business Guide to CSW62 (Business Guide): a calendar of events that are open to and may be of interest to the private sector.

Many different events are organized in and around CSW62 with a business focus or that welcome private sector participation. Some are organized by United Nations entities, while many others are convened by outside organizations. The Business Guide is a compilation of events which may be of interest to businesses attending CSW62.

Kindly note that the UN Global Compact does not manage invitations or registration for events in the Business Guide. If you are interested in participating in an event listed, please find information about registering through the event link/contact provided.

If you would like to have your event featured in the Business Guide, please submit it for our consideration using this form. The Business Guide will feature those events that:

  1. Take place in New York City between 5 - 23 March 2018
  2. Are open to business participation
  3. Plan for or welcome discussion on the role of business in advancing gender equality

For any questions regarding the Business Guide, feel free to reach out to Sabrina Fetibegovic at

WPL Side Session "How can we do it? Best government practice on gender equality"

13 March, 12:00pm to 1:45pm

Location: Auditorium of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the United Nations (871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA)

This event aims to provide data, information and examples on the most effective methods for promoting women's leadership and gender equality for government policies and actions.

To register, kindly follow this link. For any questions feel free to contact Ms.Thainá Leite at

Mobilizing Public and Private Investments in the LDCs For Women’s Economic Empowerment

13 March, 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: Conference Room 8, UN Secretariat

This event will showcase the three-agency initiative “Inclusive and Equitable Local Development” (IELD), which seeks to promote women’s economic empowerment at the local level by identifying, de-risking and investing in gender-responsive projects with public and private domestic capital.

To register, kindly contact

Ending Child Marriage in Niger: A critical strategy to achieving gender equality

13 March, 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: UNFPA HQ, 605 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10158

This event will discuss the ‘Knowledge for Dignity: Initiative for Adolescent Girls’, an innovative intervention by UNFPA and the Government of Niger with support from Zonta, to help adolescent girls delay child marriage. This innovative program is a unique partnership between the United Nations, local Government and the private/non-profit sector working together to deliver impact on the ground for those furthest behind.

To register, kindly contact

Empowering Rural Women and Girls: A Feminist Approach

15 March, 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Location: UN Conference Room 1

This event will include a panel discussion on best practices and feminist approaches that seek to empower rural women and girls.

To register, kindly follow this link.

*Please note that he deadline to register is Thursday, March 8, 2018.

“What do you see?” – An Insight to Gender Mainstreaming in Infrastructure

15 March, 11:30am to 12:45pm

Location: UNHQ, Conference Room A, GA Building

This event will include a panel discussion on underrepresentation of women in the development of infrastructure systems. This has subsequently undermined regional potential and posed stark challenges for women and girls in rural areas to access safety, opportunities and equal rights. The panel discussion will be followed by the launch of the “I Know Gender - “How to“ Series Module 3: Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Infrastructure” developed in joint collaboration by UNOPS and UN Women Training Centre.

To register, kindly follow this link.

For any questions, feel free to reach out to

Women on Boards: Are Quotas the Answer?

15 March, 11:30am to 1:30pm

Location: MetLife Building, Offices of Paul Hastings LLP, 200 Park Avenue, 20th Floor

This event featuring Norway’s Minister for Equality Linda Hofsted Helleland, Australia’s Minister for Revenues Kelly O’Dwyer, and Malaysia’s Secretary-General in Ministry for Women, Family, and Community Affairs Dato’ Soriani Ahmad will include discussion on why gender quotas have succeeded in their respective countries, how quotas have accelerated gender diversity on corporate boards and the impact of having more women board directors.

To register, kindly contact

2018 Annual Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Forum

15 March, 3pm to 6pm

Location: UN headquarters (ECOSOC Chamber), 10017

This event will highlight the pivotal role that the business community is playing in designing global solutions for gender equality and women's empowerment. The Forum will provide a platform for presenting ongoing, successful business initiatives to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community, and identify private sector initiatives that could be scaled up and replicated to accelerate the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

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Private Sector: Agents of Change on Gender Equality

19 March, 8:15am to 9:30am

Location: Conference Room 12, GA Building

This event will focus on UNFPA - Private Sector collaboration on promoting gender equality and combating Gender Based Violence in Turkey, through corporate programmes and fatherhood involvement. It will provide concrete examples on private sector engagement and proactive actions that will positively impact their employees’ life, and help them achieve better corporate results.

To register, kindly contact

Using Digital and financial inclusion to improve the livelihoods of our women (SDG 1, 5, 9 & 10)

20 March, 10:00am - 11:30am

Location: 1 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

This event will address women’s financial empowerment, adopting mobile technology, financial literacy, access to funding to encourage entrepreneurship development and partnership among private sectors, government and the international community. The panel discussion will touch upon innovative approaches and solutions to financial and digital inclusion to showcase tools, resources and options; and provide an environment for the exchange of knowledge and practice skills on accelerating formal inclusion for women. GEEP, a technology based process that provides micro-loans to the low-income segment in Nigeria will be presented.

To register, kindly contact

Leveraging ICTs to empower rural women and girls

20 March, 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: UN Express Bar, 3rd floor (South of GA Hall)

This event is organized by the International Telecommunication. It will showcase the power of ICTs and how it could continue to empower rural women and girls.

To register, kindly contact