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UN Global Compact Virtual Leaders Summit 20th Anniversary

More than 20,000 sustainability champions attend UN Global Compact’s 20th anniversary Leaders Summit online

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 16 June, 2020 — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Presidents of Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica and Ethiopia joined the President of the UN General Assembly and UN Secretary-General alongside dozens of Chief Executive Officers and UN chiefs at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit to address the private sector’s response to three unprecedented and interconnected global crises — health, inequality and climate change.

Over 26 hours of continuous virtual programming — including more than 100 global, regional and local sessions — the Summit was the UN’s largest, most inclusive and most sustainable convening of purpose-driven business leaders committed to tackling societal challenges and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than 20,000 business and sustainability leaders from over 180 countries participated in their local time zones and languages.

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Virtual – Physical Event Highlights:

We brought together –

  • 150 Virtual participants
  • 1 Physical Host
  • 8 Virtual Hosts
  • Across 55 countries
  • Over 26 Hours of live broadcasting
  • No commercial breaks
  • Back to Back 7 participants Panel Discussions
  • More than 20,000 registrants
  • Over 7,000 live viewers at peak

Keynote Speakers at the Event (Full List):

  1. H.E. ANGELA MERKEL Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
  2. AL GORE Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project
  3. BAN KI-MOON Deputy Chair of The Elders
  4. H.E. António Guterres UN Secretary-General‎
  5. LISE KINGO UN Global Compact
  6. SANDA OJIAMBO UN Global Compact
  7. H.E. AMINA MOHAMMED United Nations
  8. DR . TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS World Health Organization
  9. H.E. CARLOS ALVARADO QUESADA President of Costa Rica
  10. H.E. DR. MOKGWEETSI MASISI President of Botswana
  11. H.E. IVÁN DUQUE MÁRQUEZ President of Colombia
  12. PATRICIA SCOTLAND Secretary-General Commonwealth
  13. H.E. SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  14. Lorraine Twohill, Chief Marketing Officer, Google
  15. DAVID BEASLEY World Food Programme