Join WBCSD at the United Nations General Assembly 2019

2019 marks a key juncture for evaluating progress on climate goals and SDG implementation. Along with the Climate Action Summit on 23 September, the SDG Summit on 24-25 September, and the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (26 September), a wide range of important events will be organized on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

To build on this momentum and amplify the innovative business voice, WBCSD will have a broad presence across the week. This will be a critical moment for visionary CEOs to step up in support of the sustainable development agenda, reinvigorating their commitment and raising ambition to drive systems transformation.

Below you can a find a summary of the events hosted, co-hosted or supported by WBCSD.

WBCSD Events at UNGA

22 September 2019
One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) Stakeholder Launch Event

Time: 12:00 pm – 01:00 pm
Venue: to be confirmed

WBCSD and Danone will launch OP2B, a coalition of agriculture-centric companies determined to catalyze bold action to protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity within their value chains during this stakeholder lunch. The purpose of the event is for companies to publicly announce their willingness to transform their value chains within the three agreed working streams to protect biodiversity in perspective of the CBD COP15. This event is upon invitation only. For more information, please contact

Securing Our Future: People, Food and Nature Solving the Planetary Emergency

Time: 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Venue: Cipriani, 42nd Street, New York

Hosted by the Food and Land Use Coalition and the World Economic Forum, this high-level cocktail reception will focus on opportunities to transform food and land use systems to deliver resilient ecosystems and livelihoods and unlock the potential for nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. This event will showcase ambitious leadership, innovative partnerships, and the mobilization of collective action behind a pathway in which food and land use play a central role in delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement climate targets.

The event is upon invitation only. For more information, please contact

23 September 2019
Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Time: 08:30 am – 10:30 am
Venue: Midtown Manhattan

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) will hold a dialogue to align their systems approaches to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The session will examine and define the differences in each of the systems approaches and align the similarities of the transformation narratives. This will help to emphasize the importance of a shared narrative between business, government, and civil society to drive SDG implementation. Secondly, the joint understanding within the event’s hosting organizations will ensure that we continue to equip stakeholders with integrated frameworks to match the interdependencies of the SDGs as well as to mobilize change within their respective systems.

The event is upon invitation only. For more information, please contact Lisa Kos at

Rethinking collaboration for the Sustainable Development Goals

Time: 09:30 am – 02:30 pm
Venue: Crédit Suisse Office, 1 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA

Business Fights Poverty’s annual event brings together a select group of around 100 senior professionals from business and the international development community. WBCSD is a partner of this event. Agenda and registration details available here.

Unlocking opportunities, managing risks – The role of business in ending AIDS

Time: 04.00 pm – 06.00 pm

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will be convening a high-level business roundtable to reignite interest in the AIDS response from a business perspective and establish the foundations for a new business-led initiative to kick off in early 2020. The event is upon invitation only. For more information, please contact

24 September 2019
Champions 12.3 Annual Public Event - An Action Agenda for Halving Food Loss and Waste by 2030

Time: 10:30 am – 01:00 pm (Light lunch to follow) 
Venue: : Apella, 450 East 29th Street, New York

Champions 12.3 , the world’s leading coalition of public and private sector executives working to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 – for landmark announcements in the fight against food loss and waste is hosting this public event where you can find out if the world is on track to meet the global goal on reducing food loss and waste, where momentum is picking up, and how you can play an important role. Please register at the following link.

Interactive Workshop: Are You Managing all your Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)-Related Risks?

Time: 12.00 pm – 04.30 pm, including lunch
Venue: EY Wavespace, 218 West 18th street, New York

Hosted by EY, this interactive workshop with an esteemed group of ESG and ERM specialists, will help companies better manage ESG risks for their businesses. The event will introduce COSO and WBCSD’s guidance Applying enterprise risk management to environmental, social and governance-related risks; share case studies from leading companies in ESG risk management; provide guidance on the application of the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD); and offer a simulated activity – Resilience: The Corporate Survival Game – that applies the concepts of the guidance to a company. For more information, please contact

You can register to the event through this registration link.

Sustainable Development Impact Summit (Day 2) – Champions for Nature Session

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: World Economic Forum office

Champions for Nature is a high-level multistakeholder group committed to raising ambition for action on issues of biodiversity and nature loss and tackling the challenge through public-private cooperation. The invitation-only meeting will be an opportunity for this leadership group to:

  1.  Review and shape the annotated version of the New Nature Economy Report to be released in June 2020
  2. Inform and exchange in a peer setting developments so far on business initiatives for nature and the gap in ambition in the run-up to UN CBD COP15 in 2020
  3. Chart a collective way forward for Super Year 2020 across climate, biodiversity, oceans, forests, food and the SDGs.

This event is by invitation-only. For further information, please contact

WBCSD CEO Networking Dinner - FULLY BOOKED

Time: 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
Venue: Room Landmark View, Millennium Hilton One UN Plaza, New York

Co-hosted by Jim Collins, CEO, Corteva Agriscience and Sunny Verghese, Co-founder & Group CEO, Olam International and Chair, WBCSD, this standing networking dinner will bring together eminent CEOs and C-suite executives from the world’s leading companies to collaborate on strategic transformation pathways to achieve positive impact at scale. By highlighting scalable and replicable solutions from different industries and geographies, the event will seek to create synergies across sectors and value chains. The event is invitation only. For more information, please contact

25 September 2019
CEO Breakfast: Disruption Impacting your Business Within 10 Years - FULLY BOOKED

Time: 07:30 am – 08:45 am
Venue: The National, 125 East 50th Street, New York

Hosted by IFF, this intimate breakfast session will discuss key trends and drivers for business over the next decade and the critical transformations that are going to disrupt global markets, financial systems, and trade infrastructure, including the increasing scale and need for a circular economy. This will be a curated conversation by Bloomberg and will feature three industry disruptors who will share insights into the changes they are making to their business models. Jay Gould, President & CEO, Interface Inc.; Kathleen McLaughlin, Executive Vice President, and Chief Sustainability Officer of Walmart Inc and President of Walmart Foundation; and Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle. The event is invitation only. For more information, please contact

SDG Business Forum

Time: 10:00 am – 01:00 pm
Venue: United Nations Headquarters, New York

Hosted by ICC, UNDESA and UNGC, and supported by the WBCSD, the 2019 edition of the SDG Business Forum will showcase business leadership in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event provides a unique multi-stakeholder platform for fostering public-private dialogues, catalysing new partnerships and alliances, and exploring innovative business solutions to accelerate sustainable development. For more information about the event, please refer to the SDG Business Forum website. You can register through this link here

Executive Roundtable: Building an Inclusive and Empowering Future of Work

Time: 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm, followed by networking drinks
Venue: Marriott East Side, 525 Lexington Avenue, East 49th Street, New York

With society and technology changing faster than ever before, companies have a key role to play in building a future where people, business and society don’t just adapt, but thrive. A future with inclusive workforces that are secure, motivated, skilled and prepared for any challenge that comes next. Where people’s lives are enriched by advancing technology, and where society is empowered and can prosper from equal access to new opportunities. Randstad and WBCSD will bring together a select group of senior executives to share an inspirational vision of a future of work; and to discuss how business leaders can shape the transformations ahead for the better. The event is invitation only. For more information, please contact

26 September 2019
Creating a United Business Voice to Help Reverse the Loss of Nature

Time: 08:30 am – 10:30 am
Venue: World Economic Forum Offices, New York

Business for Nature is a global coalition calling for action to reverse nature loss and restore the planet’s vital natural systems. The coalition aims at bringing a united business voice to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 in Kunming, China, October 2020. Hosted by the Business for Nature coalition, this session aims to translate the findings from the New Nature Economy Report into a business-relevant narrative that economic growth and societal well-being depends on the health of our natural ecosystems; update public and civil society actors on business commitments and existing solutions that have potential for scale and foster dialogue on policy asks from the business community to enable a transformation of our economic and business models. This event is by invitation only. For more information, please contact



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