13:30-15:00 | Security and Registration
15:00-15:15 | Thoughts from a Pioneer
15:15-15:25 | The New Era for Business
15:25-15:35 | A New Era Takes a New Mindset
15:35-15:42 | Financing the Sustainable Development Goals
15:42-16:35 | How to Change a Mindset
16:35-16:45 | The Next Generation is Now
16:45-17:00 | The Future is Now
17:00-19:30 | The Roof-Top Garden Party

7:00-9:00 | Registration & Coffee
9:00-9:20 | Entering the Era of Sustainable Business
9:20-9:30 | The Path to 2030: The CEO’s Perspective
9:30-10:00 | Pioneers of Change
10:00-10:40 | From Global Goals to Local Business
10:40-10:50 | Let the SDGs Move You
10:50-11:00 | From Global Risks to Global Opportunities
11:30-12:30 | Opportunity Session 1
13:45-14:45 | Opportunity Session 2
15:15-15:30 | SDGs: The Business of Tomorrow
15:30-15:50 | Action and Leadership
15:50-16:00 | Next Stop 2030: How Do We Get There?

Agenda 2030: The New Era for Responsible Business, 22 June: General Assembly Hall

Security and Registration


Event kicked off at 15:00.

Master of Ceremonies: Henry Bonsu

Thoughts from a Pioneer


Special Remarks by H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

The New Era for Responsible Business: Principles and Solutions


Opening by Lise Kingo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

A New Era Takes a New Mindset


Implementing the SDGs is not just a question of adopting new responsible business strategies, but developing a new mindset – to change priorities, behavior and narratives. We need a new and different approach if within just 15 years we have to fulfill 17 ambitious goals. We need to define new tools, new ways of engaging new audiences.

Alaa Murabit, SDG Advocate, Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women

Financing the Sustainable Development


This session highlighted how financing sustainable development can look when adopting environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in private investments to drive innovation and new opportunities that create long-term value for business and society

Axel Weber, Chairman, UBS AG

How to Change a Mindset


This session highlighted speakers who have demonstrated their ability to change mindsets. The session challenged participants to think outside the box and understand what drives disruptive change.

Confirmed Speakers

Adena Friedman, President, NASDAQ

Francesco Starace, Chief Executive Officer, Enel

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder and Executive Director, soleRebels

Mads Nipper, Chief Executive Officer, Grundfos

The Next Generation is Now


The implementation of the SDGs together with youth is crucial. This session shed light on the role young people are playing today and what they see for the future.

Hannah Godefa, UNICEF National Ambassador to Ethiopia

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director, Earth Guardians

The Future Is Now


A public sector leader offered perspectives on the importance of catalyzing global change by setting a personal example. What is the role of Governments in turning global vision into local action?

H.E. Macharia Kamau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations

H.E. Susana Malcorra, Minister of Foreign Relations, Argentina

Sustainable Living, 22 June: Delegates Dining Room, UN Headquarters

The Roof-Top Garden Party

17:00 – 19:30

We will have to change personal behavior over the next 15 years in order to achieve the SDGs. We, as individuals, can be part of SDG solutions. The party combines refreshments and light food with short inspirational talks and demonstrations – and opens lots of possibilities for networking in a different and relaxed environment. Short presentations looked at products and services that make choosing sustainable life easy, including topics such as food, fashion and healthy living.

Evie Evangelou – Founder and President of Fashion 4 Development – moderated presentations highlighting how easy it is to live a sustainable lifestyle today, including exhibits on:

  1. Sustainable Food: Celebrity Chef Chloe prepared and presented her award winning plant-based culinary creations that fuel and energize without compromising flavor, taste, or satisfaction. Suzy and James Cameron will measure the environmental advantages of this healthy and delicious food.
  2. Sustainable Design & Fashion: Nicole Rycroft - Founder and Executive Director of Canopy - introduced the CanopyStyle campaign to eliminate the fashion industry’s detrimental effects on the world’s forests, freshwater systems, climate, and forest-based communities. Sustainable fashion brands Stella McCartney and Eileen Fisher highlighted how they have successfully integrated sustainability into their production. Parson School of Design will present sustainable materials and fashions, and students from the Copenhagen Fashion Summit will present their agenda for responsible innovation in the fashion industry.
  3. Sustainable Cities: The exhibit highlighted advances at the forefront of sustainable building and infrastructure.

Making Global Goals Local Business, 23 June: Marriott Marquis

Registration & Coffee


Entering the Era of Sustainable Business


Opening by Lise Kingo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

The Path to 2030: The CEO’s Perspective


For over a decade we have gathered CEO views on the state of sustainability and where it is headed. The results of our 2016 UN Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study was shared to lay a foundation for the day.

Confirmed Speaker

Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director for Sustainability Services, Accenture

Pioneers of Change


15 years is a short time. However, looking back 15 years, there have been great innovations that have affected the way we live our lives. In this session, attendees experienced inspirational presentations from companies behind disruptive business models. These companies have invented products that challenge existing markets and create new opportunities.

Confirmed Speaker

Chang-Gyu Hwang, Chief Executive Officer, KT Corporation

Marie-Ange Debon, CEO International Division, SUEZ

From Global Goals to Local Business


The Local SDG Pioneers identified through the UN Global Compact’s worldwide search were announced. The stories of these individuals doing an exceptional job of making global goals local business were presented, along with key findings from the Global Compact Local Network SDG Workshops.

Confirmed Speaker

Jyrki Raina, General Secretary, IndustriALL Union

Bola Adesola, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria

Let the SDGs Move You


Performance by Spoken-Word Poet Sarah Kay

From Global Risks to Global Opportunities


The session featured a short and exciting presentation of the scope and ideas behind the Global Opportunity Report and how it will function as a point of future reference.

Confirmed Speakers

Marianne Haahr, Project Director, Global Opportunity Network

David Walker, Chief Group Development Officer, DNV GL



Six Roads to New Opportunities

This section of the programme features two segments with three parallel sessions. It is about transforming new mindsets into new concrete opportunities and solutions. While the themes of the sessions focus on some of the SDGs, it is important to note that all SDGs are relevant to business.

Opportunity Session 1


The Way We Live
Changing our lifestyles and consumption might be the key to becoming a sustainable society. Who and what are the new change-makers?

Broadway Ballroom, Backstage, 6th Floor

Facilitator: Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies

Laurent Claquin, Head, Kering Americas

Charlotte Ersboll, Corporate Vice President, Novo Nordisk

Michael Gerber, Ambassador and Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Switzerland

Changing Climate, Accelerating Ambition
Businesses need to recognize the risks and opportunities that climate change presents. What sectors will be completely disrupted by climate change and how do businesses stay ahead of the curve?

Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

Facilitator: Kevin Moss, Global Director, World Resources Institute

Maria Hemberg, General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Volvo Cars Group

Jorge Soto, Sustainable Development Director, Braskem

Huang Wensheng, Secretary-General, Global Compact Network China

Jaycee Pribulsky, FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

Building Peace, Creating Opportunities
With the 60 million people displaced by conflict, and a cost of violence of 13.4% of world GDP- violent conflict and instability disrupt too many markets and societies. How can companies become successful agents of peace?

Shubert Complex, 6th Floor
Facilitator: Julia Roig, President, Partners for Democratic Change

Jock Mendoza-Wilson, Director, System Capital Management & Representative, Global Compact Network Ukraine

Monica de Grieff, President, Chamber of Commerce Bogota

Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Gabriele Kotulla, Vice President, Group Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Telekom AG



Opportunity Session 2


Financing a Sustainable World
Financing sustainable solutions, business models and products is a key step in accelerating the transition to a more sustainable world. How can we mobilize the private sector to invest in sustainable development?

Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

Facilitator: Janine Guillot, Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Michael Nelskyla, Head of Investor Solutions, UBS Investment Bank

Andreas Feiner, Founding Partner, Arabesque Asset Management Ltd

Grete Faremo, Executive Director, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Chris Bullard, PRME Student from Fordham University

Ending Poverty, Creating New Markets
Working towards eradicating poverty and inequality is good for the world and good for business. What does the future growth paradigm look like?

Shubert Complex, 6th Floor

Facilitator: Henry Bonsu, Journalist & Broadcaster

Carlos Salle Alonso, Director of Energy Policies, Iberdrola

Ray Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America

Tessie San Martin, CEO of Plan International USA

Mai Oldgard, Senior Vice President, Head of Group Sustainability, Telenor Group

From Global Goals to Business Action
The SDGs have to be translated into concrete strategies for successful and sustainable business. What are the tools for making the SDGs relevant and actionable for business?

Broadway Ballroom, Backstage, 6th Floor

Facilitator: Lauren Koopman, Director, Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC

Jim Rushworth, Head, Corporate Citizenship, LafargeHolcim

Jim Hartzfeld, Principal, Hartzfeld Sustainability Advisors

Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG

Michael Meehan, Chief Executive Officer, GRI



SDGs: The Business of Tomorrow


We’re entering an era where sustainable business – rooted in principles – is the new normal. Companies that do business responsibly and find opportunities to innovate around sustainability will be the business leaders of tomorrow. This presentation discussed the SDGs as a market driver for growth.

Confirmed Speaker

Deb Frodl, Global Executive Director, ecomagination at GE

Action and Leadership


Feel inspired and inspire others. Do you know your “Why”? Author Simon Sinek explored with us the question: what purpose, cause or belief inspires you to do what you do?

Simon Sinek, Author, "Start With Why"

Next Stop 2030: How Do We Get There?


Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Elliason took us on a journey to 2030 – the deadline for achieving the SDGs. Where will we be? What will it take to get us to the future we want?

H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

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