Join the Business Council for the United Nations (BCUN)
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.
BCUN's expanded network of strategic partnerships and programs offers our members the global vision and contacts critical to emerging opportunities internationally.
To inquire about membership or for more information about BCUN, please contact:
Interim Director, BCUN
Founded in 1958, the Business Council for the United Nations is a catalyst for action, understanding, and innovative business opportunities between member companies and the United Nations. BCUN advances the shared interests of the UN and the business community, with the goal of working toward a more healthy, prosperous, and secure world.
BCUN provides its members with unique opportunities to directly connect with the United Nations and its network of organizations and country representatives. Our relationships with key policy makers and diplomats at the UN who work on global subjects of interest to our member companies allow relevant and current information exchange. BCUN encourages informal and frank discussions at our regular panel luncheons and other activities to create a dialogue between UN and government policy makers and the private sector.
In 2010, BCUN expanded its capacities when it became a program of the United Nations Foundation. Created in 1998 with entrepreneur Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities, the UN Foundation is a dynamic partnership organization that brings together diverse sets of stakeholders to help the UN solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. Through its programs and campaigns, it works on issues ranging from global health and women’s rights to sustainable energy and the U.S.-UN relationship.
BCUN membership offers companies opportunities for global engagement through the UN:
BCUN Panel Luncheons are 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, Ageing Populations, Green Technology, and Managing in Conflict Situations. Panelists include Permanent Representatives from UN Member States, Senior UN Officials, and High-level Private Sector representatives. BCUN Members have the opportunity to sponsor and collaborate with BCUN on these events. UN Meetings, Side events, and Receptions offer opportunities for BCUN members to participate in formal and informal events themed on topics of interest to the global business community. Recently, members have attended the General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases, the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, WHO’s NCDs Among Indigenous Peoples, a UN event on Fertility, Reproductive Health and Development, and the GA Thematic Debate on Green Economy.
Speaking opportunities at UN Meetings afford members the occasion to share their views or experiences with the global community. Recently BCUN members spoke at the General Assembly President’s Development Dialogue and the High-level Dialogue for Financing for Development.
UN Association of the USA, a program, of the UN Foundation, welcomes BCUN member attendance at lectures, panels, and webinars on themes ranging from human rights and Global Classrooms/Model UN to global health and US support for the UN. The UNA-USA/UN Foundation Global Leadership Awards Dinner invites BCUN members to participate in this annual event, which honors individuals and corporations for outstanding leadership in furthering the purpose of the UN Charter.
BCUN is a 501 © 3 organization whose revenues support UN causes and activities. To inquire about membership or for more information about BCUN, please contact Ilze Melngailis.
Interim Director, BCUN