Join the Business Council for the United Nations (BCUN)
Advisory Services: Members have a dedicated relationship manager with knowledge of the UN, to help identify areas of engagement with the UN pertaining to member priorities. Services include assistance in connecting with UN initiatives, identifying potential partnership opportunities in areas of shared interest, and collaborating with UN Missions and the broader diplomatic community.
Members-only Roundtable Discussions: BCUN members are provided the opportunity to participate in meetings with high-level officials from the UN and the UN system, in an intimate breakfast or luncheon setting in UN Foundation’s New York office. These meetings allow for an informal dialogue about topics of mutual importance, and provide an exclusive and in-depth look at important UN policy initiatives.
BCUN Panel Luncheons: Member-driven luncheons offer a venue for leaders from the international community and private sector to talk about issues that directly impact the global business environment. Generally held at the UN Delegates Dining Room, these events include Q & A sessions as well as networking receptions. Recent themes include non-communicable diseases, the ageing global population, disaster risk management,and sustainable energy. Panelists have included Permanent Representatives from UN Member States, senior UN Officials, and executives from civil society organizations and BCUN member companies. BCUN members have the opportunity to sponsor and help curate these events.
UN Meetings, Side events, and Receptions: BCUN reviews the UN calendar on a regular basis to identify opportunities for participation in formal and informal events, on topics of interest. Some of these meetings and events have included the private sector consultation for the High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, the World Humanitarian Summit, the side events at the Commission on the Status of Women, and the private sector consultation on WHO-FAO-OIE’s High-Level Meeting on Anti-Microbial Resistance.
Speaking opportunities at UN Meetings and Consultations: BCUN Members can share their views or experience with the global community at select UN meetings. Members have spoken at the UNGC Private Sector Forum, Every Woman Every Child High-Level Events, side events at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, as well as numerous high-level events and panels in the lead-up and during the UN General Assembly.
Engagement with the UN Foundation: Invitations to select UN Foundation events and teleconferences, and opportunities to partner in UN Foundation initiatives (additional investment may be required).
Visibility: Organizational profile on the BCUN website; inclusion of company activities in BCUN newsletters; company logo on publications and events issued under the BCUN name; use of BCUN’s name/logo for corporate communications.
Information & Communications: Regular updates on UN priorities, UN Calendar of events (updated quarterly), and summaries/key takeaways from BCUN events.
Learning & Resources: Access to teleconferences and information we compile for our members through the UN and external partners.
UN Association of the USA (UNA-USA): UNA- USA, a program of the UN Foundation, welcomes BCUN member participation in UNA-USA’s Private Dialogue, Global Leadership Awards Dinner policy activities, and youth engagement opportunities.