Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the UN Private Sector Forum?
2. Who can attend the UN Private Sector Forum?
3. When is the registration deadline?
4. Can my company send a substitute for a CEO to the UN Private Sector Forum?
5. Can my CEO bring someone to accompany her/him to the UN Private Sector Forum?
6. Can my company send more than one representative?
7. Can the head of a Global Compact Local Network attend the UN Private Sector Forum?
8. How many participants do you expect in total at the UN Private Sector Forum?
9. What will the format of the UN Private Sector Forum be like?
10. I am not a CEO. Can I attend the UN Private Sector Forum?
11. Who will sit at the table of my CEO at the UN Private Sector Forum?
12. Which Heads of State/Heads of Government will attend the UN Private Sector Forum lunch?
13. Can you send me the list of participants of the UN Private Sector Forum?
14. Can you provide information about hotel and travel accommodations?
15. Will the Global Compact cover the cost of my travel and/or accommodations?
16. Where do I enter the building on the day of the event?
17. Will there be media in the room?
18. Will there be interpretation at the UN Private Sector Forum?
19. What is the registration fee?
20. Can I pay over the phone? (Or any other payment related question)?
21. Are there sponsorship opportunities?
22. What other events are planned related to UNGA for business?


1. What is the UN Private Sector Forum?
Hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General, this year’s UN Private Sector Forum will focus on the role of business in advancing sustainable development to prevent global instability. The Forum will be convened in the context of the United Nations High-Level Summit on Large Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants. The UN Private Sector Forum is designed to identify and showcase business contributions that are working to prevent instability and helping peaceful societies flourish by investing in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Private Sector Forum will explore opportunities for greater collaboration between the UN and the private sector to secure a peaceful and sustainable future for all.

The UN Private Sector Forum will feature remarks by selected Governments and business leaders. The event will feature an interactive discussion and announcements of new commitments to action by private and public actors.

Visit the Private Sector Forum website for detailed information on objectives and the programme: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/691-united-nations-private-sector-forum-2016

2. Who can attend the UN Private Sector Forum?
Participation in the UN Private Sector Forum is by invitation only. Invitations are sent exclusively to board-level, “C-suite” executives. Due to limited capacity, select chief executives and leaders from civil society organizations, including labour organizations and business associations, that have in the past worked with the United Nations and the Global Compact will have priority in attending the event.

Participants will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Adequate representation by participant sector, size, and region will be ensured.

3. When is the registration deadline?
The registration deadline is currently 9 September, unless all seats are confirmed at an earlier time. Due to limited capacity, participants are kindly asked to register at their earliest convenience.

4. Can my company send a substitute for a CEO to the UN Private Sector Forum?
The policy on the level of participants at the UN 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.

For these reasons, we can only grant admission to board-level, “C-suite” executives (i.e. Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer, etc.). If the company’s CEO is unable to attend, he or she may wish to nominate a board-level or “C-Suite” executive to participate. For more information, please contact unpsf@unglobalcompact.org.

5. Can my CEO bring someone to accompany her/him to the UN Private Sector Forum?
Unfortunately, due to the high-level nature of the event, as well as space and security constraints at the UN, only one representative per organization will be granted access to the UN compound and be invited to attend the UN Private Sector Forum.

6. Can my company send more than one representative?
Unfortunately, due to the high-level nature of the event, as well as space constraints in the venue, only one representative per organization can be invited and granted access to the UN compound for the UN Private Sector Forum.

7. Can the head of a Global Compact Local Network be invited to attend the UN Private Sector Forum?
All Global Compact Local Network representatives will be invited to attend the UN Private Sector Forum. Registration for Local Network representatives is also on a first-come, first-served basis. No replacements for the Local Network representatives will be accepted.

8. How many participants do you expect in total at the UN Private Sector Forum?
350 Chief Executives, Heads of State and Government, leaders of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, and leaders from civil society, business associations, foundations and investor groups will attend the Forum.

9. What is the format of the UN Private Sector Forum?
The UN Private Sector Forum will be a two-hour luncheon, taking place from 13:00 – 15:00 on 19 September. Heads of State and Government from around the world will join UN leaders, private sector representatives, civil society, foundations, and the investment community. Following opening remarks from Government and business representatives, participants from across sectors will engage in roundtable discussions seated at tables of 10. Looking at the themes of People, Planet, Peace, Partnerships, and Prosperity, participants will explore the ways in which multi-stakeholder partnerships involving business can advance sustainable development in a way that reduces global instability, and contributes to our ultimate goal of creating a sustainable world by 2030.

10. I am not a CEO. Can I attend the UN Private Sector Forum?
The policy on the level of participants at the UN 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.

For these reasons, we can only grant admission to board-level, “C-suite” executives (i.e. Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer, etc.).

11. Who will sit at the table of my CEO at the UN Private Sector Forum?
Each table will seat approximately 10 participants and have representatives from the private sector, Government, civil society and the UN. Table allocation will take into consideration geographical and gender balance. Each participant will be assigned to a table and notified upon their arrival.

12. Which Heads of State/Heads of Government will attend the UN Private Sector Forum lunch?
The Heads of State or Government of all UN Member States have been invited to attend the Private Sector Forum. Please refer to the 2015 Participant List for reference.

13. Can you send me the list of participants of the UN Private Sector Forum?
We are unable to release the list of participants at this time and are still receiving registrations each day.

14. Can you provide information about hotel and travel accommodations?
Given the large number of Government delegations present in New York during the week of the UN General Assembly, organizers cannot guarantee hotel accommodations or transportation for participants. Accordingly, Forum participants are kindly asked to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements as soon as possible.

15. Will the Global Compact cover the cost of my travel and/or accommodations?
Participants are responsible for the cost of travel and accommodations, and we kindly ask participants to make their own arrangements. The UN Private Sector Forum relies on sponsorships and contributions from participants to cover the cost of convening the event, and unfortunately, no additional funding is available.

16. Where do I enter the building on the day of the event?
Confirmed participants will receive a logistics note which will include detailed information and directions for the day of the event.

17. Will there be media in the room?
A select group of media will be permitted into the room. Other media opportunities for participants, such as press conferences, will also be possible on the sidelines of the event. For all media-related inquiries, please contact media@unglobalcompact.org.

18. Will there be interpretation at the UN Private Sector Forum?
The working language of the UN Private Sector Forum luncheon is English. If you require an interpreter, additional registration fees may apply. Please contact unpsf@unglobalcompact.org if you plan to bring an interpreter to the UN Private Sector Forum.

19. What is the registration fee?
The UN Private Sector Forum relies on a cost-covering contribution from private sector participants in order to convene the event. Registration fees help to cover costs related to the venue and catering.

Category Rate

Business (including Business Associations, Foundations and Investors)

550 USD

Non-Business (IGO, Civil Society, NGO, Academics, Public Entities)

250 USD

United Nations 

Complimentary

Government

Complimentary


20. Can I pay over the phone? (Or any other payment related question)?
Please contact the UN Global Compact Events team at + 1-212-907-1372 between Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00 Eastern Standard Time, or email unpsf@unglobalcompact.org.

21. Are there sponsorship opportunities?
Yes, there are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available. For further information, please contact Thorin Schriber at 212-907-1358 or schriber@globalcompactfoundation.org.

22. What other events are planned related to UNGA for business?
There are always a number of different events in and around UN GA Week with a business focus or which welcome private sector participation. Some are organized by United Nations entities, and many others are convened by outside organizations. View a list of events which may also be of interest to companies attending the PSF.


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