At the September 2015 regular session of the UN General Assembly of Nations; all 173 members adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; a plan of action for people, planet, peace and prosperity; with an essential role spelled out for business.
Two years after its adoption and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the business community is being called upon to deliver greater action and impact.
Several events with a business focus or that engage private sector participation are being organised during and around the 73rd regular session of the UN General Assembly in New York, NY, USA during the period September 18th, 2018 to September 30th, 2018.
The CAIC, through its Head of Secretariat; Mr Dav-Ernan Kowlessar will attend the following events, and invites interested BSOs to indicate if they are attending any of the events or would wish for the CAIC to gather information or engage dialogue at any events. The full list is available at
10:30 am - 12 noon New Technology and mobile solutions
Co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the GSMA, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and UNDESA, this event brings together global leaders and experts from the public and private sectors to discuss how business and governments can collaborate to:
- promote the effective and responsible use of new technologies, mobile services and innovation to accelerate the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
- close digital divides;
- support a sustainable planet;
- and ensure the digital revolution leaves no one behind.
4:00 pm Disrupting Climate Change
To address climate change, new technologies will need to be commercialized across a wide array of industries, yet securing the necessary financing to support such development remains a key hurdle in the energy transition. The conversation will be exploring the challenges and opportunities associated with financing new low-carbon technologies. Business leaders will share the work their companies are undertaking to develop new technologies, and discuss ways in which the financial sector and industry are partnering to advance these efforts.
3:00 pm to 7:30 pm Africa: Open for Business Summit
The African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), the UN Senior Africans Group, and the African Union Commission, and the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Global Partnerships Forum (GPF), with support from the United Nations Department of Public Information, will host the Africa: Open for Business Forum at the United Nations during the high-level debate in September to showcase the leadership of the African continent in addressing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Agenda 2063.
The private sector has been influential in the development of Africa’s economy, particularly in regard to the Sustainable Development Goals. Private equity players invested $3.8 billion in 145 deals across Africa in 2016, supporting initiatives ranging from agriculture and energy to healthcare and financial sectors. Many investment monoliths point out that investing in “social good” creates an even bigger return. Investing in Africa, as many have already realized, creates social good and financial return – the goal of impact investing.
The Africa Open for Business Summit Is a two-part Initiative, starting with the New York launch in September 2018, followed by the First Africa-Diaspora SDGs Summit, to be held later in Banjul, The Gambia. The Africa-Diaspora SDGs Summit will convene mayors and elected officials, youth international intergovernmental organization officials, educators, artists and intellectuals, the private sector and civil society, with a view towards Achieving Public Understanding of the SDGs and Africa Agenda 2063 through Education, building on the outcomes of the Africa: Open for Business Summit.
8:30 am Moody’s Climate Week Briefing
Hosted by Moody’s Investors Service in partnership with the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI), the Climate Week Briefing will focus on the risks that the climate change poses on corporations and governments, and the role of the green bond market in promoting a low carbon economy. Moody’s analysts will address carbon emission mitigation, it’s approach to green bond assessments, and the impacts expected from the green bond issuances which Moody’s has assessed to date.
Senior executives from the industry and Moody’s senior analysts will hold lively discussions on the following:
- • The credit risks corporate sectors face as a result of carbon transition
• The impact of physical climate risks on public finance issuers
• How municipalities are incorporating green infrastructure and sustainability projects into critical programs
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm Regional Action on Environmental Democracy to fulfill vision of 2030 SDGs
"Regional Action on Environmental Democracy to Fulfill the Vision of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda” is an event to enable dialogue and inspire countries to sign and ratify the Escazú Agreement, a historic binding treaty on environmental democracy for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, emphasizing the rights of vulnerable people and environmental defenders. The Agreement opens for signature on the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The event is hosted by the Governments of Costa Rica and Chile and United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and co-sponsored by The Access Initiative, Amnesty International, Civicus, Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), Namati, Open Society Foundation, and World Resources Institute.