Mobilizing Business Ambition and Investments towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Hosted by the UN Secretary-General, the annual Private Sector Forum brings the voice of business to the UN for an interactive luncheon, featuring roundtables and high-level networking opportunities. Organized by the UN Global Compact, the International Chamber of Commerce, and UN DESA in collaboration with a number of other supporting partners, the Forum will take place on the first day of the High-Level UN General Assembly week in conjunction with the SDG Summit 2023.

This year’s UN Private Sector Forum will focus on ways the private sector can work together with other stakeholders to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and will showcase how direct, real economy investments in critical areas of sustainable development can unlock scalable private sector contributions to the SDGs. 

At this pivotal halfway mark, businesses will be challenged to raise their level of ambition by taking tangible, accountable actions in five systemic areas – living wage, gender equality, climate action, water action, and sustainable finance – where the private sector can have the greatest impact towards the 2030 Agenda. The Forward Faster initiative and the early movers, or companies that have committed to ambitious targets before the launch will be recognized. 

The Forum will be a global moment for early movers of the Forward Faster initiative to demonstrate (1) measurable and credible business targets aligned with the ambition of the 2030 Agenda and the actions on how these targets will be achieved and (2) the partnerships that will get us to deliver on our collective goals.

Registration is closed.

To view the livestream of welcome remarks, remarks from Governments and the Secretary General please visit the UN Global Compact website on 18 September. The sessions will be livestreamed from 13:00-13:40.



Prime Minister
United Nations
Assistant Secretary-General and CEO
United Nations Global Compact
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chapel Hill Denham
Chief Executive Officer
CTG 'Committed To Good'
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director
International Trade Centre
EO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for SE for All
Co-Chair of UN-Energy
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations
Executive Director
United Nations Environment Programme
Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications
Department of Global Communication
Acting Executive Secretary
Economic Comission for Africa
Executive Secretary
Economic Commission for Latin Americ and the Carribean
Director General,
International Atomic Energy Agency
International Telecommunication Union


Monday, September 18, 2023
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Participant Arrival and Networking
1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
Welcome by Master of Ceremonies: Moving Forward Faster
1:05 PM - 1:15 PM
Special Performance by Rocky Dawuni
1:15 PM - 1:17 PM
Welcome Remarks
1:17 PM - 1:30 PM
Accelerating Action and Mobilizing Investments towards the SDGs
1:31 PM - 1:40 PM
Launching the Forward Faster Initiative
1:40 PM - 2:10 PM
Interactive Dialogue: From Commitments to Action: What is the Main Barrier Preventing us from Making Substantial Progress on the SDGs by 2030?
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM
Interactive Dialogue: Scaling Investments: What is the Biggest Leverage Point we have to Accelerate SDG Investments in a Credible Manner?
2:40 PM - 2:45 PM
Closing Remarks


United Nations Headquarters
Delegates Dining Room
First Avenue between 45th & 46th St.
New York, NY 10017