Frequently Asked Questions

Since 2008, the UN Secretary-General has convened the Private Sector Forum during the opening session of the General Assembly in order to bring the voice of the private sector to inter-governmental debates on key topics. This year, convened in the greater context of the Secretary-General’s SDG Summit and the United Nations General Assembly Week, the Forum, which is the official luncheon of the summit, will bring together 300-plus Chief Executives, Heads of State and Government and leaders of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes to discuss ambitious actions and investments to drive progress and investment towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Participation in the Private Sector Forum is strictly by invitation only. Select Chief Executives from highly engaged UN Global Compact Participant companies will have exclusivity in attending the event. Participants will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. However, adequate representation by participant sector, size and region will be ensured.

The deadline to register is 7 September 2023, or until all seats are confirmed at an earlier time. Participants will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis and are kindly asked to register at their earliest convenience. Please refer to the invitation letter for the registration link.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted to by 4 August 2023. No refunds will be issued following this date or for no-shows.



The policy on the level of participants at the Private Sector Forum is quite exceptional due to the high-level nature of the event and the participation of a large number of Heads of State and Government. Unfortunately, due to limited capacity and the high-level nature of the event, we are unable to accommodate replacement nomination requests as registration priority will be given to Chief Executives Officer level leaders from organizations that are highly engaged UN Global Compact Participants with a proven track-record in ambitious action on the SDGs. Thank you for your understanding.

Due to the high-level nature of the event, as well as space and security constraints at the UN during General Assembly Week, only the CEO (or the highest-level representative per organization) will be granted access to the Private Sector Forum. No additional representatives will be granted access.

Invitations are only issued solely to Chief Executives (or the equivalent highest-level representative based on company structure). However, we encourage you to explore the many other UN Global Compact events happening during UNGA. For more information about all the UN Global Compact events scheduled please visit: UN Global Compact at the 2023 UN General Assembly.

The Private Sector Forum convenes approximately 300+ Chief Executives, Heads of State and Government, and leaders of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes.

The Private Sector Forum will be a two-hour luncheon, taking place from 12:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. in the Delegates Dining Room. Heads of State and Government from around the world will join UN leaders, and private sector representatives to discuss how tackling inequalities can advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum will be an interactive luncheon featuring a mixture of plenary and roundtable discussions, as well as high-level dialogue and networking opportunities. It will provide a platform for stakeholders to demonstrate solutions, as well as inspire new policy and partnerships for accelerated action on the SDGs.

The Heads of State or Government of all UN Member States have been invited to attend the Private Sector Forum. A full list of the 2019 Private Sector Forum participants, including Governments, as well as the programme, may be found here.

At this early stage, we are unable to release a full list of registrants for this year’s Private Sector Forum. We encourage you to check the Forum website regularly as programme updates and featured attendees will be available shortly.

Given the large number of Government delegations present in New York during the week of the UN General Assembly, organizers are unable to guarantee hotel accommodations or make reservations for participants of the Private Sector Forum. Please click here for a list of hotels in the area.

Participants are responsible for the cost of travel and accommodations, and we kindly ask participants to make their own arrangements. As the Private Sector Forum relies on partnerships and contributions to cover the cost of convening the event, unfortunately, no additional funding is available.

For attendees who require a visa to attend the Private Sector Forum, the UN Global Compact will provide a letter of support after your registration and payment are processed. Please note that the responsibility for securing the appropriate visa lies with the attendee. Please indicate that you require a visa to travel to the United States during the registration process. Attendees who complete registration and pay in full will then receive a letter of support from the UN Global Compact via email, which can then be submitted along with other documentation when applying for a visa. Attendees should refer to their local consulate for detailed information. The UN Global Compact is not responsible for the successful or unsuccessful procurement of visas by international attendees.

A select group of media will be permitted into the room. For all media-related inquiries, please contact

There are several UN Global Compact events happening during UN General Assembly Week.  Please see a listing here. Also, you can view an entire list of events on the Global Goals calendar.

The working language of the Private Sector Forum luncheon is English. If you require an interpreter they will be subject to the base fee of $400 USD. Please confirm the specific details of any interpretation needs as soon as possible by emailing