Past Events

Past events

Latino Impact Summit


11 and 12 December 2018

No alt text provided for this imageThis annual summit, hosted by the PVblic Foundation and UNOP, is a movement of more than 200 regional leaders creating alliances to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the Americas. This event convened representatives of all sectors in the United Nations Headquarters to discuss the challenges and propose solutions to contibute to the growth and advancement of the region.


Themes discussed during this event included the status of sustainable devlopment, decent work and economic growth, blockchain for social impact, reduction of inequalities through renewable energy sources, and women in technology. Director of UNCTAD Chantal Line Carpentier encouraged increased partnerships to support the 2030 Agenda, stating "The new generation of entrepreneurs are not just interested in making money, they want to make an impact." The powerful conversations that took place during this summit aimed to transform the region by fulfilling the objectives of sustainable development.


To watch the entire summit, please click here.


OEF Announces Innovation in Partnerships Workshop: Designed to Advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals


4 December 2018

innovations in partnership business case for peace logoOne Earth Future (OEF) and the International Peace Institute held Innovation in Partnerships: Making a Business Case for Peace in New York City. The workshop was also supported by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, the UN Office for Partnerships, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, as well as the UN Global Compact. This workshop series is designed to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals by creating opportunities to do business around the world responsibly and contribute to lasting peace.


The 2030 Agenda calls for the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources. This initiative will bring together the private sector, governments, UN entities, and civil society to identify projects and actions for joint implementation.


Unlike previous public-private partnership endeavors, this workshop series aimed not simply to bring about economic growth, but instead focused on Sustaining Peace as the outcome.


 “The linkage between peace and sustainable development needs to be strengthened not because it is a good idea, but because multi-stakeholder collaboration and networks are the only way sustainable peace can be achieved.” said Marcel Arsenault, Founder of OEF. “Each part of global networks: United Nations agencies, the private sector, or civil society organizations touch aspects of peace and conflict in different ways, but traditional cross-sectoral partnerships have focused on the building blocks of sustainable development rather than peace building. This session changes that dynamic and brings the right people to the table for creating sustainable networks and partnerships with real objectives to achieve peace.”


“To leave no one behind, we need to build new kinds of partnerships that truly add value to communities on the ground and foster new models of inclusive growth. We hope this project becomes a tool for the UN system to develop multi-stakeholder partnerships along with our planning partners at the UN Office of Peace Building Support, the UN Office of Partnerships, the Republic of Korea and UN Global Compact” said, Jimena Leiva Roesch, Research Fellow at the International Peace Institute.


The first session of what would be several workshops focused on Fisheries, Blended Finance, Mobile Technology, and Measuring peace, and migration. Objectives of the meeting were to develop the common language between the private sector and the peace building community, including the development of a value proposition for private sector engagement and alignment of business interests and investments with the Sustainable Development Goals.


“This workshop is designed to develop a platform to engage the private sector in peace. The catalytic design of the dialogue is to move discussion to action”, said Maureen Connolly, Project Director and Fellow with One Earth Future.  “We look forward to this becoming an on-going process to accelerate progress on the 2030 Goals”.


Private Sector participation includes Mastercard, Carrier Corp and KPMG discussing food security, financial inclusivity and measuring peace at table discussions.



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Innovation in Partnerships: Making the Business Case

15 November 2018

innovations in partnership business case for peace logoOrganized by the UN Office for Partnerships, One Earth Future, International Peace Institute, United Nations Peacebuilding, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea, and UN Global Compact, the workshop series titled Innovation in Partnerships is designed to create the catalyst for the engagement of the private sector to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

On 15 November at UNHQ, the workshop provided a platform for multi-stakeholder conversations between civil society organizations, countries, UN agencies, and the private sector to foster communication and overcome cultural barriers. The conversations were centred on themes relating to sector entry points, UN and private sector rhetoric discrepancies, and potential partnership projects. Specifically, the workshop focused on "how to make the ask" to engage the private sector and develop innovative, coherent partnerships to support the alignment of business interests and investments with the United Nations.

This event set the precedent for the upcoming series of The Innovation in Partnerships: Making a Business Case for Peace themed workshops in 2019. Future topics will include blended finance, education, technology, and Nobel Laureates.

For more information about this workshop, please click here

Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Affairs

29 October 2018

Image result for UN Office Outer Space AffairsOn 29 October 2018, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, with support from UNOP, hosted its 38th Session of the Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activtiies. As the space sector is undergoing a paradigm shift, the development of innovative space solutions and activities is critical. This workshop aimed to explore the public-private partnership models and opportunities for cooperation with the private sector to increase the use of space science, technology and applications for economic growth and sustainable development. This meeting also took into consideration the legal and ethical frameworks for cooperation with non-State actors.

Among the UN entities in attendance included: United Nations Ethics Office; United Nations Global Compact; United Nations Office for Partnerships; United Nations Office of Legal Affairs; United Nations Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts, Department of Management; United Nations Web Services Section, Department of Public Information; and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. This workshop provided a forum for these participants to share their experiences, given their specific mandates, in forming partnerships in the undertaking of space-related activities. In addition to these organized sessions, the event also acted a networking opportunity for participants to build stronger partnerships within the UN system.

For more information on the workshop, please click here.

Space 2030: Space as a Driver for Peace 

25 September 2018

Held on the side-lines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, “Space 2030: Space as a Driver for peace” engaged world leaders on a global platform to highlight the importance of utilizing space as “a driver for peace and sustainable development on Earth, as a driver for innovative space diplomacy, and as the New Frontier for Peace on Earth.” This event convened at the UN Headquarters by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office for Partnerships, and the non-profit organization Space Trust.

The event opened with the VVIP unveiling of Space Trust's Black Marble Earth, a monumental 12-foot exhibit providing the audience with a fully immersive experience into the "Overview Effect". This view of Earth captures the powerful emotion of human spaceflight — one that creates a paradigm shift for all astronauts. During the reception, President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and High Level representatives from Cyprus, Indonesia, and Italy all delivered statements exhibiting their commitments to utilize space for peace and diplomacy on Earth.

Reflecting on the event, Founder and Executive Chairperson of Space Trust Namira Salim recounted, "I believe the unique thought leadership behind the event made a distinct statement in raising awareness about the importance of innovative space diplomacy for inspiring international cooperation and peace-making between nations — one that transcends national boundaries.”

For more information about this event, please click here.

Pictured Left-Right: Manlio Di Stephano, Under-Secretary of State of Italy, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs and Namira Salim, Founder and Executive Chairperson of Space Trust pose with the Black Marble Earth.

Credit: Courtesy of Namira Salim

SDG Advocates - UN Secretary-General Meeting

23 September 2018

The SDG Advocates held their annual meeting with the UN Secretary-General on 23 September 2018. The Advocates are appointed by the Secretary-General, and he takes special interest in their work for the SDGs. The Secretary-General and the Advocates discussed how to address current challenges to the completion of the SDGs, reviewed the successes and lessons learned from activities undertaken in the past three years to advance the 2030 Agenda, and considered strategies to accelerate action and scale-up ambition. 

For more information on the SDG Advocates, please click here

Photo credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten



SDG Advocates Reception 2018 

23 September 2018

On 23 September 2018, the SDG Advocates and UNOP hosted a unique event at the UN during the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly: a reception celebrating the contributions of leaders and key partners from around the world who have championed the SDGs, and reaffirming their commitment to the 2030 Agenda. Hosted by Prime Minister Solberg of Norway, MC'd by SDG Advocate Richard Curtis of Project Everyone, and featuring remarks by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, this event brought together leaders from diverse sectors to recognize existing commitments, highlight substantial progress, and encourage non-UN actors to further action to achieve the SDGs. Private sector leaders, civil society leaders, philanthropic leaders, international organization leaders, government leaders, and media leaders were invited into the UN and came together to share the ways they have committed to implementing the SDGs in their sphere, and to challenge one another to do more.


Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Prime Minister Solberg of Norway, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, SDG Advocate Richard Curtis. Photo credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe










Photo credit: Christina Samson

For more information on the SDG Advocates, please click here


Hult Prize Finals and Awards Gala

15 September 2018

On 15 September 2018, the Hult Foundation, UNDP, and UNOP hosted the Hult Prize Finals and Awards Gala at the UNHQ. As the leading program for action-based, immersion-driven and SDG-aligned student entrepreneurship, the Hult Prize Foundation mobilizes the smartest minds from more than 100 countries to apply their business thinking to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The Hult Prize truly emphasizes a practical approach to learning how to become an impact entrepreneur. Students build a team, brainstorm ideas, start a business, and pitch to impressive audiences. The 2018 Hult Challenge was Harnessing the Power of Energy: Harnessing the power of energy to transform the lives of ten million people by 2023. In this challenge student teams around the world were invited to find and develop energy innovations that can be scaled to improve the lives of millions.

At the exhilarating Hult Prize Finals, the top 6 teams from around the world that have made it through all previous rounds of the competition pitched their idea for “Harnessing the Power of Energy” to an esteemed panel of judges. In a competitive and difficult deliberation, the judges ultimately chose SunRice as the winning team to receive $1 Million in startup funding. SunRice is a rice drying service currently piloting in Myannar that aims to reduce rice wastage and empower rice farmers in South East Asia. During the event's reception, Former US President Bill Clinton spoke to the student's achivements and offered his congratulations. He also announced the theme for next year's competition: Provide meaningful jobs for 10 million young people within the next decade.

UNOP is proud to partner with the Hult Foundation for this event to launch the next generation of SDG entrepreneurs. 

To watch the event, please click here. 


AVENUE Altruism Awards Children United Gala

13 September 2018

On 13 September 2018, AVENUE Magazine held their annual Awards Gala in partnership with UNOP to honour philanthropists and leaders working to protect and support the health and well-being of children. This year's gala was themed the "Children United Gala" benefitting Save the Children, with the aim to bring awareness and support for Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being. The guest list of this prestigious event taking place at the UNHQ included a global coming together of UN dignitaries, celebrities, and individuals committed to the cause of SDG 3. AVENUE Magazine honoured the awardees of the Annual AVENUE Altruism Awards at this spectacular benefit gala at the UN. 

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Impact Investing and the SDGs

11 September 2018

On 11 September 2018, there was a gathering of financial institutions, advisors, and family offices at UNHQ to discuss the business case for ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Investing, and the alignment of investor capital with the Sustainable Devessed the many Impact Investing opportunities that will be opened up by the achievement of the SDGs. The event featured numerous notable speakers, including Heads and CEOs of Investment and Wealth Management firms and high-level UN officials. Issues that were discussed include the future of ESG investing, incorporating the SDGs into ESG investment research, and many others. 

For more information on the Impact Investing and the SDGs Conference, please click here.  





New Climate Economy

05 September 2018

At the commencement of a season filled with key economic and climate discussions, The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate launched its 2018 Report on 05 September. This summit engaged economic decision makers and built momentum behind key events by providing a compelling evidence base of the monetary benefits of enhanced actions around climate change mitigation. The New Climate Economy (NCE) Report identifies the major opportunities of growth and economic benefits that come from engaging institutions in environmentally-sound business practices. The NCE project is a collaborative effort between distinguished research institutes to provide research that is both country and sector-specific.

The event began with a formal handover of the Report to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and proceeded with a panel discussion on key findings. Among those in attendance were UN senior representatives, finance and economic ministers, business leaders, and investors. The report was intended to equip these decision makers with the relevant research to drive transformational change.

For additional information about New Climate Economy and reports published in prior years, please click here.



IMPACT2030 Summit

5-7 September 2018

No automatic alt text available.From 5-7 September 2018, the annual IMPACT2030 Summit was held at UNHQ. Its aim was to unite leaders of private companies in the discussion of advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through focused employee volunteerism. IMPACT2030 is a private sector-led initiative that works in concert with the United Nations, the public sector, and academia to leverage human capital investment for the Goals’ achievement.

The summit gathered UN senior representatives and the organization’s Founding Partners, Collaborating Partners, and Founding Stakeholders. Drawing on the myriad of perspectives, this event showcased the specific targets needed to deliver measurable and action-oriented solutions. It also helped align and focus an unprecedented amount of human resources towards Agenda 2030. This strategic approach to employee engagement extends the Goals’ global reach and scale.

For more information on IMPACT2030, please click here.




2018 JCI Global Partnership Summit

27 July 2018

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a global network of over 200,000 young members. Through various local, national and international projects and events, JCI members participate in a meaningful exchange. The JCI Global Youth Summit, in particular, convened on 24 July to 27 July with the goal to explore how young people can leverage cross-sectoral partnerships to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

The focus of this event revolved around the issue of gender equality, which is both an objective and driver of sustainable development. Various speakers, including UNOP Senior Programme Officer William Kennedy, ATIC Ltd. Founder Angeline Wibabara, Crux Holdings Co-Founder Andres Hernandez, and MSNBC news anchor Richard Liu, shared their perspective on building equality into the business model and engaging the media to properly convey stories of this theme. This summit served as a platform for young leaders to highlight best practices that can ensure gender equality across all sectors. At the conclusion of the event, leaders created a 2018 JCI Global Partnership Summit Resolution which calls for actionable change to advocate for Global Goal #5.

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NEXUS Global Youth Summit

26 July 2018

This annual summit, hosted by NEXUS and UNOP, gathered global young investors and social entrepreneurs to promote awareness in support of the achievement of the SDGs. NEXUS is a global community comprised of over 3,500 young professionals from 70 different countries, and this event allowed members to convene and collaborate on opportunities to catalyse change.

UNOP Executive Director Robert Skinner opened the summit with remarks on global youth engagement. Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth further elaborated on relevant themes. Later in this event’s programming, summit speakers ignited the young audience to develop action-oriented solutions. Among these prominent individuals included HRH Princess Eugenie of York, President & CEO of PayPal Dan Schulman, and Renowned Human Genome scientist Riccardo Sabatini. These leaders and innovators from different sectors expounded on their current engagements to inspire, educate, and encourage collaborative problem solving.

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SDG Media Zone

17 July 2018

In a succinct discussion meant to engage a global audience both at the High-Level Political Forum and those following the events online, SDG Media Zone brought together leaders in the technologic and private sector to explore the methods different industries can employ to advance the SDGs.

The morning panel honed in on the ICT industry, asking CEO of Vodacom Ms. Sylvia Mulinge, Executive Vice President of International Business for Land O’ Lakes Mr. Jerry Kaminsk, and Chief Business Development Officer of Wonderkid Ms. Halima Murunga how technology can drive progress on the SDGs. Affordability and scalability of mobile technology naturally was an emerging theme in this conversation.

The afternoon session, joined by CEO of Ladol Ms. Amy Jadesimi, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Safricom Ms. Sanda Ojiambo, and CEO of Ragn Sells Mr. Lars Lindén, tackled similar topics through the scope of the private sector. Especially in a market of increasingly socially-conscious consumers, the panel members agreed that it is ultimately disadvantageous to one’s own business model to fail to address the SDGs. The businesses represented in this panel shared how they are implementing sound social and environmental practices both internally with employees and externally with clients to move forward the sustainable development agenda.

Pictured is Halima Murunga, Jerry Kaminsk, Sylvia Mulinge, and UNOP Executive Director Robert Skinner.

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Philanthropy and Governments Investing in the SDGs

16 July 2018

During the 2018 High Level Political Forum, the UN Office for Partnerships convened to build greater momentum for creating a better policy and legal environment for philanthropy investing in the SDGs. UNOP’s new Executive Director, Robert Skinner, moderated the event, calling on Ghanaian government officials and philanthropic directors and advisors from around the world to lend to this conversation and share the crux of innovative cross-sectoral practices.

Panellists from this afternoon event included SDG Philanthropy Platform Coordinator in Ghana Mr. Isaac Ofosu Debrah, Director of Planning and Statistics at the Ghanaian Ministry of Planning Mr. Isaac Kamande, Humanize Institute Executive Director Ms. Georgia Pessoa, and Vice President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers Ms. Heather Grady. Together, this interactive roundtable dissected questions such as, “What are innovative government policies and initiatives that enable a holistic and integrated implementation of the SDGs, breaking down silos and encouraging cross sectoral collaboration to shift systems?” Achieving the 2030 Agenda requires robust partnerships, and this discussion offered concrete points of action to further develop institutional capacities that will encourage the SDG agenda.

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2018 Partnership Exchange

13 July 2018

Co-convened by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) in the margins of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the Partnership Exchange provides a broad platform for multi-stakeholder partnerships, government officials, United Nations, major groups and other stakeholders to share knowledge and expertise to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  

The 2018 annual global Partnership Exchange was held in the margins of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to discuss and showcase the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A special focus was on reviewing partnerships and voluntary commitments around the six SDGs (6,7,11,12,15,17) that are under in-depth review at the HLPF, and showcasing and sharing best practices and lessons learned.

The Partnership for SDGs online platform serves as the basis for identifying multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments that will be profiled during the Partnership Exchange.

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Partnership Expo on the Peace Boat

12 July 2018

Image result for peace boat sdg logoOn the eve of the Partnership Exchange, a Partnership Expo was held onboard the Peace Boat ship, which was anchored on the west side of Manhattan in New York. The Peace Boat is an international NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which carries out global educational and advocacy voyages on a large passenger ship for peace and sustainability and advancement of the 2030 Agenda. 

The Expo provided a venue for partnership exhibitions, dialogue and networking. The partnership exhibitions demonstrated how successful partnerships are effectively driving implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals that are under an in-depth review at the 2018 High-level Political Forum. These include SDGs 6,7,11,12,15, and 17. 

For more information on the Peace Boat, please click here

UN Partnership on Sustainable Fashion and the SDGs 

10 July 2018

UNOP came together with the UN Economic Commission for Europe, UN Global Compact, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Conference on Trade and Development, UN Environment, the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, and others, to convene the UN Partnership on Sustainable Fashion and the SDGs event at UNHQ on 10 July in the margins of the high-level political forum. Key players from the UN system and civil society discussed and explored the elements of what a Partnership on Sustainable Fashion could look like.

The $2.5 trillion-dollar fashion industry plays a tremendous role in global sustainability. Nearly 20 percent of global waste water is produced by the fashion industry, which also emits about ten percent of the global carbon emissions - more than the emissions of all international flights and maritime shipping combined. In addition, the textiles industry has been identified in recent years as a major contributor to the issue of plastic entering the oceans, a growing concern associated to negative environmental and health implications.

Fashion employs approximately 60 million people worldwide, mostly women. Specifically, fast fashion is linked to dangerous working conditions due to the unsafe processes and use of hazardous substances. High cost and time pressures are often imposed on all parts of the supply chain, leading to workers suffering from long working hours and low pay.

The fashion industry presents a unique platform that galvanizes and engages masses across generations, genders, demographics, and social groups. It represents a creative industry with strong cultural ties and historical heritage, and provides an opportunity to have a tremendous impact and bring people together globally to rally around the SDGs.


Global Women in Law and Leadership

19 June 2018

The Global Women in Law and Leadership symposium and honors dinner was held on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, at UNHQ. The event, convened by the ACC Foundation with support from UNOP, brought together high-level professionals to delve into the many issues women face in the workplace and particularly in the corporate legal profession. The Symposium featured prominent discussions surrounding women in the workplace, followed by a dinner featuring distinguished honorees who have made significant contributions to the legal profession, excel as leaders and have been instrumental in advancing opportunities for women around the world. The honorees provided a glimpse of how they overcame traditional barriers to success and how they are helping future generations of women professionals do the same.

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Women's Safety XPRIZE

7 June 2018

The Anu and Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPRIZE finals were held on 7 June at UNHQ. In 2016, Anu and Naveen Jain launched a million-dollar prize using the XPRIZE platform, the global leader in designing incentive competitions solving humanity’s grandest challenges, to address the safety of women and girls by leveraging technology. Specifically, the Women's Safety XPRIZE challenges innovators around the world to create a device that can inconspicuously trigger an emergency alert if a woman is facing a threat and transmit information to a network of community responders, all within 90 seconds and costing under $40. 85 teams from 18 countries took on this challenge, and the five finalists were invited to the finals at UNHQ, where SAFER Pro from Leaf Wearables were named the XPRIZE winner and recieved the million-dollar prize. 

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STI Forum 2018

5-6 June 2018

The third annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals was held on 5-6 June at UNHQ. The 2018 forum was convened by the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and co-chaired by Japan and Mexico. 

As part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism mandated by the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the event provided a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, and also in order to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies for the sustainable development goals. The forum was a platform to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, congregating all relevant stakeholders to actively contribute in their area of expertise.

Pictured is Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General with the co-chairs of the STI Forum 2018.

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Blockchain for Impact Global Summit

4 June 2018

Blockchain technologyThe Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development hosted its first Global Summit at Headquarters on 4 June. Established by the Global Partnerships Forum, PVBLIC Foundation and the Fund for Philanthropy, the Commission was created in response to the need of developing a framework by which the UN system -- along with Member States, Intergovernmental Organizations, the private sector and civil society -- can support the development and application of blockchain-based solutions to the most pressing issues of our day. 

The Commission has recently launched Blockchain for Impact (BFI), a collaborative convening, advocacy and action platform designed to serve the growing community of conscious leadership reflecting the full breadth of the global blockchain ecosystem. Members of BFI participated in an exciting series of impact-oriented events and task forces designed to deliver profound and positive social impact around the world.

The Summit hosted over 100 BFI member organizations that share a passion for achieving profound environmental and social impact through the use of distributed ledger technology. Key topics included: climate impact; health and wellness; financial inclusion in least developed nations; displaced populations and emergenty disaster relief. 


Global Solutions Summit 2018

4 June 2018

The Global Solutions Summit (GSS), “From Lab to the Last Mile: Technology Deployment Business Models for the SDGs," ​​​convened at UNHQ on 4 June, 2018. It preceded and complemented the Third Annual UN STI ForumThe Global Solutions Summit (GSS) is based on the premise that scientific research to find new or improved development solutions is only a small step in the very long journey from the lab to the last mile. The remaining steps entail the less-glamorous and more mundane issues of scaling up the deployment of these solutions so that they reach tens, if not hundreds of millions of people in developing countries.

GSS 2018 showcased specific business models and financial mechanisms that NGOs, social enterprises, foundations and others are using to successfully deploy proven, cost-effective development solutions at scale. Speakers explained what they have done, how they did it, what went right and what went wrong, where gaps or broken circuits exist in the deployment ecosystem, and what needs to be done to create a more effective and efficient ecosystem that can support the deployment of these innovations on the scale required to achieve the SDGs by 2030.


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The ICSB Forum for Entrepreneurs and Micro-Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

12 May 2018

The UN Office for Partnerships, UNCTAD, ICSB, and the Mission of Argentina jointly convened the Forum for Entrepreneurs and Micro-Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at UNHQ on 12 May, 2018. The event focused on how global outlook has changed dramatically for entrepreneurs, start-ups, micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) worldwide. Furthermore, how policies are being formulated to help integrate entrepreneurs and MSMEs in the economic formula and equip them for the global marketplace.

Yet, direct challenges from many fronts are increasing for entrepreneurs and MSMEs. These challenges include disruption by artificial intelligence, lack of skilled workers and quality jobs. The balance between the country’s economic well-being and social integration continues to widen as has been evident by the marginalization of many groups within the economy. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are clearly defined to help solve these global challenges, but the role of MSMEs in achieving them need to be further articulated and enhanced.

At the forum, speakers and leaders from different sectors and the UN dicussed a common global narrative on how MSMEs can make a major impact in achieving and leading the SDGs and identified the type of support they need.

For more information on the event please click here.

Transforming Commerce Forum "Advancing Social Impact Through Business"

10 April 2018

The UN Office for Partnerships and Givewith partnered for the Transforming Commerce event, a forum to ignite a new era of business for social good. Leading thinkers and practitioners from the worlds of business, media and marketing, finance, and social innovation convened for the half-day event, exploring ideas, stories, and solutions that are accelerating the next wave of social impact.

Transforming Commerce is guided by the same spirit of partnership and pragmatism as the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals; namely, that governments, businesses, civil society, and the general public should work together to build a better future for everyone.

The event brought together extraordinary leaders from across all industries to explore ways in which commerce can deliver social impact at scale. Ambassador František Ružička, Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations General Assembly President of its 72nd session, opened the event, followed by an impressive line of keynote speakers including the Chairman & CEO of CBS Corporation, Leslie Moonves, Founder & CEO of Givewith, Paul Polizzotto, and Sarah Dembitz, Executive Director, UN Women UK. Additionally, the programme featured five panels, including speakers Mariarosa Cutillo, Strategic Partnerships Branch, United Nations Population Fund, and Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, New York Office, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, among others. 

For more information on the event and a complete line of speakers, please click here


Success Stories from the Private Sector Field - Measuring Impact

4 April 2018

On the sidelines of the 2018 ECOSOC Partnership Forum, the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) partnered with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) for UN Live Interviews. Our very own Will Kennedy, UNOP Senior Programme Officer, moderated the panel entitled, "Success stories from the private sector field - measuring impact".

Participants included Mr. Hugh Welsh, President, DSM North America, and Ms. Rachel Samren, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Millicom. The panelists coherently discussed how businesses have achieved social impact and inclusion of vulnerable groups as part of their corporate goals. More specifically, the panelists debated questions such as, "Can profits and social impact ever go hand in hand?" and shared personal success stories of times when implementing inclusive strategies and pursuing social impact has helped acheive business goals. The interviewees provided a call to action for the global audience watching the live broadcast, requesting that everyone take effective action towards the Sustainable Development Goals. 


2018 ECOSOC Partnership Forum

4 April 2018

The 2018 ECOSOC Partnership Forum took place on Wednesday, 4 April 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the theme of “Partnering for resilient and inclusive societies: contributions of the private sector.” 

The forum brought together a large number of high-profile and multi-stakeholder representatives, including from governments, civil society, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, local governments, parliamentarians, the UN system, academia, etc.

This annual event featured inspirational conversations and a panel discussion composed of high-level multi-stakeholder experts to spur interactive policy dialogue with the participants. 

The morning session presented innovative business practices aimed at promoting inclusion and participation of vulnerable populations. The afternoon session explored the potential of establishing partnerships with the private sector to harness the potential of big data in the achievement of the SDGs, especially towards promoting the inclusion and participation of “vulnerable” groups. 

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Briefing on the Partnership Data for SDGs Initiative

3 April 2018

Moderated by our very own Lucie Brigham, UNOP Chief of Office, the Briefing on the Partnership Data for SDGs Initiative, co-convened by the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia, the Division for Sustainable Development of UN-DESA, the UN Office for Partnerships and the UN Global Compact, took place at the United Nations Headquarters on 3 April, 2018. The Partnership Data for SDGs (PD4SDGs) initiative aims to improve the transparency, accountability and the sharing of experiences of the work being carried out by multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in their support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative seeks to bring greater transparency, coherence, impact, and comparability of the work carried out by multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments by promoting a system-wide use of the established SMART criteria – a partnership/commitment that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource-based, with clear and Time-based deliverables. For more information and the programme of this event, please click here

This event goes hand in hand with the annual Partnership Exchange event to be held on 13 July, 2018, an annual side event of the HLPF that provides a space for dialogue among multi-stakeholder partnerships, Member States, UN entities, and others to enhance partnerships in support of the 2030 Agenda.



2018 Women's Empowerment Principles Forum 

15 March 2018

In the spirit of advancing the crucial role of the private sector to achieve Goal 5, UN Women, UN Global Compact, and the UN Office for Partnerships joined to organize the Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event. The event took place in New York on 15 March 2018 and provided a platform for presenting ongoing, successful business initiatives that aim at women’s empowerment, economic inclusion and entrepreneurship globally.

Over 500 leaders and innovators from business, government, civil society, academia and the United Nations joined at Headquarters.

This high-level event during the sixty-second session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women showcased good practices, impact and results in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in the workplace, market place and community.

For more information on the event, please click here. For the Deputy Secretary-General's remarks, please click here



SDG Branded Football Serves as a Reminder of the Cooperation Needed to Achieve the SDGs

16 February 2018

On the 16th of February, high-level dignitaries brought together the messages of the Olympic spirit, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the importance of providing a quality education for all to a classroom in Gangwon Province, South Korea, showing the intersection of these important ideals through a recognizable and beloved object: the football.

In a ceremony led by the United Nations SDG Advocacy Group’s Co-Chair, H.E. Mrs. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, and fellow SDG Advocate Ambassador Dho Young-Shim delegates spoke of the connection between these three ideals with 100 school children at the Musan Community Children’s Center Primary School, stressing their foundational importance to understanding an individual’s responsibility of global citizenship, and the collective responsibility of working together to build a more peaceful and equal world by the year 2030.

The Olympic ideals promote the importance of excellence, friendship, and respect. The SDGs similarly promote profound collaboration, an equal sense of responsibility for all countries, and a focus on helping the most vulnerable communities in an effort to leave no one behind. Students had the chance to ask the delegation questions. Following the short ceremony, they were gifted a reminder they could keep: an SDG branded football.

To learn more about this event please click here, watch a video of Prime Minister Solberg with the students here, and a CNN interview with H.E. Mrs. Solberg here




ECOSOC Youth Forum

30 January 2018

The 7th annual ECOSOC Youth Forum—the largest official annual gathering on youth issues at the UN—took place from 30 to 31 January 2018.  The Forum served as a platform for youth leaders, government officials and civil society representatives to address the challenges that today’s generation of young people is facing.

It offered a unique opportunity for youth to voice their opinions, share ideas, and think together about what they can do to achieve sustainable development. They took part in brainstorming sessions, interactive speaker panels and discussions with Member States on a main theme. Side events encouraged participants to further engage with one another on a wide range of topics.


The two-day Forum’s primary participants came from National Youth Councils, the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, regional youth organizations, and youth-led and -focused organizations and networks.

Department of Economic and Social Affairs
 organized the Youth Forum in collaboration with the Office of the Youth Envoy of the Secretary-General and the United Nations Inter-agency Network on Youth Development.

For more information please click here.


Investor Summit on Climate Risk: Capturing the Investment Opportunities of the Paris Agreement

31 January 2018

On 31 January, 2018, Ceres, the United Nations Foundation, and the Office for Partnerships co-hosted the Investor Summit on Climate Risk: Capturing the Investment Opportunities of the Paris Agreement.

The Summit highlighted the growing climate-related investment risks and opportunities. This biennial event aims to catalyse further actions that investors, businesses and governments can take to expand investments in clean energy in developed and developing countries. More specifically, the Summit helps accelerate global investor, business, and policy action on climate change needed to align global investment with the market opportunities created by the Paris Agreement. This high-level, invitation-only Summit, convened more than 500 investor, business, and capital market leaders at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The previous Investor Summit on Climate Risk brought together world leaders and top-level executives from the world’s largest asset owners and asset managers such as Michael Bloomberg and Former Vice President Al Gore; collectively representing more than $22 trillion in AUM.

For more information, please visit the Event Website where you will find an impressive list of speakers, the agenda, and more. In addition, provided is an informative video on the Paris Agreement and the new five-year investor initiative, Climate Action 100+, and the Deputy Secretary General's statement from the event here.











Nest's Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit

7 December 2017

On 7 December 2017, Nest's Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit was convened as a multi-stakeholder open forum and benefit luncheon hosted by Nest and Ethical Fashion Initiative at the United Nations in New York. This event was a platform for participants and attendees to lay the groundwork for a New Handworker Economy that connects handworkers, brands, and consumers in a circular and human-centric chain. The summit brought together brands, policy-makers, philanthropists, and 20 artisan leaders from around the world, and included discussions from Vanessa Friedman, Andrew Morgan, Bandana Tewari, and Simone Cipriani.

An achievable plan to meet the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals must include handworkers and women in the informal economy. As the second largest employer of women in emerging economies, the handworker sector has the ability to create positive social and economic change on the global scale while supporting 12 of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. For this to be possible, transparency, development, and innovation are urgently needed. Building off of the International Trade Center (ITC)'s commitment to fashion as a vehicle for social and economic change, Nest and Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) are calling for a unified global front to uplift and mobilize the global handworker community.

For more information, please visit

The Global People's Summit+SocialGood

26 September 2017

The Global People’s Summit for Sustainable Development (The Global People’s Summit+SocialGood) took place on 22 September 2017 online. This event provided a space for a global conversation to take shape—a place where people and organizations around the world could collaborate, share best practices, foster innovation, celebrate success, influence local and global agendas, and find new ways to translate their vision into act.

This one-of-a-kind innovative global summit brought together global leaders, social entrepreneurs, innovator, philanthropists, technology companies, NGOs, governments, and many others through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships, UN SDG Action Campaign (UNDP), UN Foundation, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, and Earthx, this event made positive progress in adopting more effective ways to engage in global conversation and collective global action.

For more information, please visit

Youth-led Peacebuilding: Lessons from the field

22 September 2017