The official programme of the Leaders Summit will be held on 20 September, with numerous side events and a Leaders Dinner taking place on 19 September. Due to the ongoing renovation of UN Headquarters and capacity limitations, the Leaders Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York, at 109 East 42nd Street in New York City.

Please note the agenda is subject to change ahead of the Leaders Summit.

Thursday, 19 September

All events on 19 September will take place at the Grand Hyatt New York, 109 East 42nd Street, with the exception of the Leaders Dinner - to be held at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street.

08:00 - 18:00 REGISTRATION
09:00 - 17:00 SPECIAL EVENTS*

Dozens of special events on a range of corporate sustainability topics will be convened throughout the day by the Global Compact and other organizations. Visit the Special Events page to view a list of confirmed events. Sessions are updated on a regular basis. 
09:00 - 17:00 GLOBAL COMPACT ACTION FAIR | Lobby Level
Learn. Connect. Collaborate.

A collaborative space for participants to explore, navigate and commit to key actions and partnerships to address global sustainable development priorities. The Fair will feature innovative tools and resources for learning and action, and facilitate "meet-ups" to encourage networking and collaboration to advance business action in support of the development agenda.

19:00 - 22:00

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street


The reception-style Leaders Dinner will take place at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and will provide an opportunity for participants to network with the Global Compact community. The museum’s world-class galleries and sculpture garden will be open exclusively for viewing by guests throughout the evening.

Confirmed Speakers: H.M. the Queen of Belgium; Jan Eliasson, Deputy-Secretary-General, United Nations; H.E. Izabella Teixeira, Minister of Environment, Brazil; Muhammad Yunus, Chairman of Yunus Centre and Founder of Grameen Bank; Sir Mark Moody-Stuart Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact; Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact


Friday, 20 September

All events on 20 September will take place at the Grand Hyatt New York, 109 East 42nd Street, with the exception of the UN Private Sector Forum 2013: Africa - to be held at Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street (directly across the street from the Grand Hyatt).

In addition to the scheduled programme, the Action Fair exhibits will be opened for viewing throughout the entire day on the Lobby Level of the Grand Hyatt.

07:00 - 16:00 REGISTRATION  

07:30 - 08:45

STORIES OF SUCCESS | Conference Level

Participants are invited to attend a breakfast session on Petrobras and the UN Global Compact principles.
Hosted by Petrobras - Leaders Summit 2013 Patron Sponsor  

Confirmed Speaker: Armando R. Tripodi, Social Responsibility Executive Manager, Petrobras

09:00 - 09:45 UNVEILING THE VISION:  OPENING PLENARY | Empire Ballroom

The vision and aspirations of the first United Nations members in 1945, as they set out to be "architects of a better world", remain a beacon today – not just for Governments, but also for the thousands of companies and organizations that have become key partners in tackling our world's most pressing challenges. Now, as the Millennium Development Goals 2015 deadline approaches, Governments and the UN are working to set global priorities for the post-2015 period. The post-2015 era presents an historic opportunity for the international business community to contribute to the attainment of worldwide sustainability and development objectives.

The Opening Plenary will:
  • Connect participants to the urgent challenges of our time and show that transformation to a better world is possible when we take action, both individually and together
  • Unveil a new global architecture for scaling up corporate sustainability and aligning business with sustainable development priorities.

Confirmed Speakers: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations; Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact; Amina Mohammed, Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations; John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Tererai Trent, Founder, Tinogona.  Master of Ceremonies: Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG International


Participants will discuss and debate the top drivers – both material and moral – for businesses to integrate responsible practices into their operations and take action on sustainability issues. Using an interactive format to exchange views between the audience and the panel of leading CEOs, the session will:
  • Release the findings from the UN Global Compact CEO Study 2013 conducted with Accenture, featuring the perspectives of over 1,000 chief executives on what is needed for corporate sustainability to have a transformative impact on markets and societies.
  • Explore how to strengthen the most impactful drivers – such as consumers, investors, public policy – in order to scale up integration of corporate sustainability practices globally, and maximize the business contribution to sustainable development.

Confirmed Speakers: Robert Collymore, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom Limited; Philip Jennings, General Secretary, UNI Global Union; Erika Karp, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Capital Inc.; Jacqueline Novogratz, Chief Executive Officer, Acumen Fund; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever; Güler Sabanci, Chairperson, Sabanci; Pierre Sané, President, Imagine Africa International; Dov Seidman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, LRN; Sander van't Noordende, Group Chief Executive, Accenture

12:00 - 14:00

Learn. Connect. Collaborate.

Six Jumpstart Action sessions will be held to complement the various themes and initiatives of the Action Fair. The objective of these sessions is to inspire business to commit to and scale up action and collaboration in key areas, including:

  • UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub
  • Global Environmental Outlook for Business
  • Children's Rights & Business Principles
  • Business for Peace
  • Social Enterprise
  • Women's Empowerment Principles

Lunch will be served.

12:00 - 14:00

Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street

Since 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the UN Private Sector Forum during the opening session of the General Assembly in order to bring the voice of the private sector to inter-governmental negotiations on key topics. This year the Forum is being organized as the high-level luncheon of the Leaders Summit, focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges in Africa. See UN Private Sector Forum 2013: Africa for more details.

Confirmed Speakers: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations; John Fallon, Chief Executive Officer, Pearson Plc.; Jørgen Haslestad, President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International ASA; Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Elias Masilela, Chief Executive Officer, Public Investment Corporation; Femi Oke, Journalist, Al Jazeera

This event is by invitation only. Approximately 350 high-level participants are expected from both the public and private sectors – including Heads of State/Government, chief executives and leaders from civil society, foundations and the UN.


Businesses across the globe have increasingly adopted development-oriented strategies and approaches as part of their widening commitment to corporate sustainability and responsibility. However, the converging interests of the international community and the business world will mean little unless accompanied by concerted and coordinated actions that produce lasting, positive impact in societies and economies.

In smaller break-out groups, participants will focus on components of the Architecture believed to hold special promise for scale, collaboration and impact. Executive Sessions will focus on the following six areas:
  • Collective Action and Global Issue Platforms | Empire Ballroom V: Presenting, scoping and exploring major business-oriented efforts aligned to specific global challenges – with an emphasis on scaling efforts and increasing effectiveness and impact.

    Confirmed Speakers: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC; Robert Greenhill, Managing Director and Chief Business Executive, World Economic Forum; Paul Hohnen, Independent Consultant on Global Sustainable Development Issues, Sustainability Strategies; Peter Solmssen, Member of the Managing Board and General Counsel, Siemens AG                    

  • UN-Business Partnerships for Transformation | Carnegie/Alvin : Exploring the opportunities and challenges of transitioning UN-business partnerships from an ad-hoc project focus to collaboration that addresses systemic issues and produces sustainable outcomes – critical as more and more UN entities develop strategic and operational policies and practices to engage the business community.

    Confirmed Speakers: Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP; Marcin Korolec,  Minister of the Environment, Government of the Republic of Poland and President-designate of COP19/CMP9; Jane Nelson, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer, Royal DSM

  • Business Sector Initiatives | Morosco/Imperial/Booth: Looking at the contribution of specific industries and business sectors that have developed sustainability initiatives, codes, and standards – with the goal of identifying what lessons we can learn from these efforts and how can they achieve greater scale and influence.

    Confirmed Speakers: Aron Cramer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR); Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs, Kering; H.E. Nick Hækkerup, Minister for Trade and European Affairs, Denmark; Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability Officer, MARS Incorporated; Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General, ITU

  • Local Sustainability Movements | Uris/Julliard/Broadway: Exploring the strategic and tactical considerations for creating more vibrant national-local sustainability movements to widen and deepen impact, including through policy engagement - looking at how to enhance the role and contribution of structures such as Global Compact Local Networks.

    Confirmed Speakers: Jo Mackness, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business, University of California Berkeley-Haas School of Business; Atiur Rahman, Governor, LSM Bangladesh Bank; Jorge Soto, Sustainable Development Director, Braskem S.A.

  • Private Sustainability Finance | Empire Ballroom I: Examining ways private providers of finance and capital – including institutional and retail portfolio investors; banking and project finance providers; insurance underwriters; foundations/philanthropic organizations; and major corporations through foreign direct investment – can strategically contribute to sustainable development priorities, with a focus on scaling impact.

    Confirmed Speakers: Flemming Borreskov, President and Founder, Catalytic Society and Special Advisor on Foundations to the UN Global Compact; James Gifford, Executive Director, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI); Leonie Schreve, Head Sustainable Lending, ING; Marilou van Golstein Brouwers, Managing Director, Triodos Investment Management BV

  • Horizon Session: The Business Enterprise in 2100 | RegencyThis free-form session will examine the evolving role of business in society and what new business enterprises and models might – or should – emerge in the coming decades so that business contributes its full positive potential to societies and economies around the world.

    Confirmed Speakers: Alan VanderMolen, Vice Chairman, Edelman

17:00 - 18:00


Corporate sustainability efforts must be aligned and scaled in order to create transformative change, reach new sustainable development goals and truly advance global priorities such as climate change, water, food, women's empowerment, children's rights, decent jobs, and education.

The Closing Plenary will call on a new coalition of Architects of a Better World – beginning a process of engaging companies and key stakeholders in an architecture that aligns business with sustainable development priorities leading up to 2015 and beyond.

Confirmed Speakers: Peter Bakker, President, WBCSD; Hon. Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education; Jean Guy Carrier, Secretary General, ICC; Paolo Andrea Colombo, Chairman, Enel; Jan Eliasson, Deputy-Secretary-General, United Nations; Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact; Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International; Ernst Ligteringen, Chief Executive, GRI, Waldemir Ival Loto, Chief Executive Officer, André Maggi Group; Femi Oke, Journalist, Al Jazeera; Martha Tilaar, Chairperson, Martha Tilaar Group; Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman and Managing Director, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Ltd.

18:00 - 19:00 CLOSING RECEPTION | Lobby Level