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UN Global Compact Leaders Summit (New York, 19-20 Sep 2013)

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit brings together key stakeholders from business, government, civil society and the UN every 3 years to discuss corporate responsibility & deepen commitment to the Global Compact's 10 principles (see here for further information about human rights in the Global Compact's principles). 

Under the theme of "Architects of a Better World", this year's summit aims to set the stage for a post-2015 development agenda. The following report by UN Global Compact was released at the Summit: "Building the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture".

See the Summit's official website for more information.

This page will be updated as further materials become available.  Please send any suggestions to [email protected]


Practical information

- Programme overview
- Special events
- Agenda
- Action fair - booths include Children's Rights & Business Principles, Principles for Responsible Management Education, Women's Empowerment Principles, Human Rights & Labour Principles, Business for Peace, etc.


Speeches

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: "Opening remarks at Global Compact Leaders Summit: "Architects of a Better World"", 20 Sep 2013

John Ruggie, Harvard University, former UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights:"Remarks at Opening Plenary UN Global Compact Leaders Forum", 20 Sep 2013


Press releases

Summary of first day:  "Fast-Paced, High-Powered Events Cover the Sustainability Agenda on First Day of UN Global Compact Leaders Summit", 19 Sep 2013

Summary of second day: "UN Global Compact Leaders Summit Sets a High-Water Mark for Corporate Engagement on World Priorities", 20 Sep 2013

UN Global Compact press releases:

"Good Education Means Good Business: Working Together to Support Global Education Goals", 20 Sep 2013

"Stressing that Business is “Integral” to UN Agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Points to New Architecture to Scale Up Corporate Action", 20 Sep 2013

"Global CEOs Remain Committed to Sustainability, But Report Frustrated Ambition and Call for Policies to Align Market Incentives with Sustainability", 20 Sep 2013

"Global CEOs Remain Committed to Sustainability, But Report Frustrated Ambition and Call for Policies to Align Market Incentives with Sustainability", 20 Sep 2013
- "UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability", Sep 2013

"Deputy Secretary-General Addresses CEO Water Mandate", 19 Sep 2013

"Pearl Initiative and UN Global Compact Partnership to Bring Corporate Responsibility Principles to the Arab World", 19 Sep 2013

"PRME Champions Leadership Group Officially Launches at Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013", 19 Sep 2013

"Women Corporate Leaders Urge Businesses to Act on Climate Change", 19 Sep 2013

"Business for Peace Platform Unveiled at UN Global Compact Leaders Summit", 19 Sep 2013

"UN Global Compact Launches Stock Index", 18 Sep 2013

Other press releases

"GATE Global Impact to Provide Funding Opportunities for Entrepreneurs on the Social Enterprise Action Hub", 19 Sep 2013

"Tackling child labour in global value chains", International Labour Organization, 19 Sep 2013

"New tools from UNICEF to work with business on children’s rights", UNICEF, 19 Sep 2013

"Save the Children calls on business to team up and deliver solutions for children", Save the Children, 20 Sep 2013

"Save the Children and IKEA Foundation Collaborate on 24-Hour Emergency Response Initiative", Save the Children, 27 Sep 2013


Media coverage & commentaries

Please send further coverage & commentaries to [email protected]

"Harnessing global business as a force for sustainable development", Georg Kell, Global Compact, on Guardian Sustainable Business blog (UK), 23 Jul 2013

"Compelling sustainability vision needed to align business initiatives", Jo Confino, Guardian Sustainable Business, 2 Aug 2013

"Is the UN Global Compact leadership summit an effective forum for change?", Paul Hohnen, independent consultant, on Guardian Sustainable Business blog, 6 Sep 2013

"Making public-private partnerships work", John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights, 11 Sep 2013

"Wake up call for businesses: sustainability progress remains slow", Jo Confino, Guardian Sustainable Business blog, 19 Sep 2013

"Why You Should Paint Your Company Blue", Matthew Bishop (US Business Editor, The Economist), 20 Sep 2013

"Sustainable development: business has a long way to go", Paul Hohnen, independent consultant, on Guardian Sustainable Business blog 13 Sep 2013

"CEO survey is gloomy reading for the corporate sustainability movement", Jo Confino, Guardian Sustainable Business blog, 20 Sep 2013

"UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: 'Architects of a Better World' -- Join Us!", Alice Korngold, Korngold Consulting, on Huffington Post blog, 20 Sep 2013

"Is Respect Really All That Simple?", Louis V. Galdieri, 26 Sep 2013

"UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: lessons learned - live chat",  Jennifer Kho, Guardian Sustainable Business blog, 23 Sep 2013

"The United Nations Is Still Indispensable!", Hazel Henderson, CSRWire TalkBack, 1 Nov 2013

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11 October 2013

John Ruggie on UN human rights principles – video

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[PDF] Remarks at Opening Plenary UN Global Compact Leaders Forum

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Is the UN Global Compact leadership summit an effective forum for change?

Author: Paul Hohnen, independent consultant, on Guardian Sustainable Business blog

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Compelling sustainability vision needed to align business initiatives

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