Past events

Private Sector Forum 2019

23 Sep

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Event Details

Since 2008, the annual Private Sector Forum (PSF) has gathered global leaders at the United Nations during UN General Assembly week to address major global issues such as climate change, sustainable development and human rights. This year, the Forum will be held as the high-level luncheon of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit. Hosted by the UN Secretary-General and organized by the UN Global Compact in close cooperation with UN partners, the event will provide a unique opportunity for Chief Executives, young climate leaders, Heads of State and Government as well as UN leaders to engage in a multi-stakeholder, intergenerational dialogue to align on an urgent and collective course of action in tackling the climate crisis.

Building on the ambition of the UN Climate Action Summit, the Private Sector Forum will provide an innovative, democratic and inclusive platform, aiming to build an unprecedented sense of urgency and momentum.

By encouraging cross-sector and inter-generational dialogue, the Forum will facilitate the sharing of groundbreaking climate-related commitments, public policy measures, and recognize the signatories of the Business Ambition for 1.5˚C Campaign. Companies who sign the pledge before 13 September 2019 will be recognized at the Forum. To find out more about the initiative, please click here.

A maximum of 350 participants will attend the Private Sector Forum. Participation will be at the highest level and by invitation only: CEOs from companies; Heads of State/Government; Heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes; Heads of civil society organizations, business associations and foundations; young entrepreneurs, and Heads of investor groups.

The UN Global Compact Office is leading the organization of this Forum, in close cooperation with the Climate Action Summit Team, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and UN partners.

Registration to the Private Sector Form includes the following events:

  • Morning session “Transformative Business Leadership for a 1.5˚C Future”, 23 September, 09:00 – 12:30
  • Climate Action Reception, 23 September, 18:30 – 21:00

Please refer to the Leaders Week schedule for more details on all three events.


Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) at the Private Sector Forum

The GCNA will be represented by our Chair David Cooke, who has been invited to attend the Private Sector Forum, and by our Senior Advisor Corinne Schoch who will be attending as an observer.

If you cannot attend the Private Sector Forum but are interested in hearing about the key outcomes of the PSF, as well as insights from the other major events across the UN General Assembly week including the 2019 SDG Summit and the 2019 Climate Change Summit, join Corinne Schoch, Senior Advisor at the GCNA, and Andrew Peterson, CEO of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, on Thursday 7 October for the GCNA’s Webinar ‘Keeping up with the SDGs’ to stay abreast of all international developments from UNGA Week.


For more information, please contact the GCNA at secretariat@unglobalcompact.org.au

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