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The Business Council for the United Nations (BCUN) is a catalyst for action, understanding and innovative business opportunities between member companies and the United Nations. Through its network of partnerships in economic development, health, education, and technology, the Council advances the common interest of both the UN and the business community working toward a more prosperous and secure world. In this era of globalization, it is increasingly important to engage business and industry leaders with the vital work of the United Nations. Every day corporations are increasingly engaging in efforts to combat poverty, hunger and disease while providing vital support and opportunities for the education of millions across the globe. The United Nations is leading the world in these efforts in setting international policies and standards to make our world better and safer for all. The goal of the Business Council for the United Nations is to provide our members with unique opportunities to directly connect with the United Nations and its extended network of organizations and country representatives working in areas of interest to them and their companies. For over five decades members have counted on BCUN to serve as their essential link to the United Nations community. Based in New York City, we provide access to the largest diplomatic community in the world.

What does BCUN offer?The Business Council for the United Nations provides its members with access to the policy makers at the UN working on subjects of interest to their companies, and we keep them informed about topics relevant to their companies through our panel luncheons and other events.

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Driving Better NCDs Outcomes: What is the Role of Universal Health Coverage?

H.E. Dr. Mwaba P. Kasese-Bota, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the UN

With the UN high level review on NCD prevention and control taking place the next day, and the open working group discussions on post-2015 sustainable development goals in recent weeks, July 9 was auspicious timing for a discussion of NCDs and the role of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Seventy representatives from UN permanent missions, UN agencies, civil society, and business gathered at UN headquarters for a panel luncheon hosted by the Business Council for the United Nations, with the support of Merck, joined by a view that NCDs and UHC are a priority that should be “high on the development agenda”, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated. (To continue, please open PDF)

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Women’s Health in the Post-2015 World: Ensuring No One is Left Behind

Ambassador Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations

Dr. Jane Barratt of the International Federation on Ageing challenged panelists and more than 70 leaders from UN permanent missions, UN agencies, and the private sector at a panel discussion and luncheon Tuesday June 24 to consider what would propel the world to pause and take action on women’s health. How can we define, and then begin to pursue, a successful approach to championing women’s health in the Post-2015 world?

The Business Council of the United Nations, with support from Pfizer, organized the event in the delegate’s dining room at UN Headquarters in New York, where panelists, including Paula DeCola, Dr. Ana Langer, and Dr. Rama Lakshminarayanan, explored obstacles and opportunities in addressing women’s health throughout the life course in the context of the emerging Post-2015 dialogue. (To continue, please open PDF)

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Creating Risk-Resilient Communities: New Challenges and New Solutions

Ambassador Karel J.G. van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN

In an increasingly interconnected world, consequences of natural disasters have a profound impact on national economies and societies worldwide. The risks — and the consequences — are shared. The Business Council of the United Nations, with support from PwC, brought together Ambassadors and other members of United Nations permanent missions, private sector leaders, and representatives from UN agencies and NGOs Wednesday, May 21 in Manhattan to explore ways the public and private sectors can collaborate to build risk-resilient communities and economies.

Moderated by Oz Ozturk, a partner in PwC Advisory, the multi-sector panel, including Ambassador Karel J.G. van Oosterom of the Netherlands, Lori J. Bertman of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Family Foundation, Nick Dunlop from Willis Group, Sebastien Penzini from UNISDR, and Scott Williams from PwC, explored the new challenges and innovative new solutions for creating risk-resilient communities (To continue, please open PDF)

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Past Events:

Managing Mass Gatherings: Panel at UN Advises Life-Course, Multi-Agency Approach

Global Ageing Takes Stage in Post-2015 Discussions at UN

UN & Business Leaders Ponder Future Partnerships

Economic Agencies and UN Seek Coherence

UN and Business Leaders Meet on Disaster Risk

BCUN Hosts “2013 at the United Nations”

Governments and Business Convene on Global Ageing

UN and Business Come Together to Discuss Sustainable Energy Partnerships

BCUN Hosts 2012 at the United Nations

Dialog Convenes Business, Governments, NGOs, Academia to Fight NCDs

Business Leaders Predict Serious Impact from Non-communicable Diseases Next 5 Years

Business MDG Efforts Noted at UN Dialog

UN, Economic Agencies Seek Coherence at ECOSOC meeting

BCUN Multi-sector Panel luncheon at the UN October 13

Interpol Head Addresses BCUN, UN Audience; Tightening the Noose on Transnational Criminals

Are Non-Communicable Diseases a Development Issue?

51st Annual Global Leadership Awards Gala

The Insider's Take on Managing in Conflicts