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10 Can’t Miss Meetings and Debate at the UNGA 2017 including Free Parties.

Yes, it's the “largest annual international event held in the United States.” Its the annual gathering of heads of state, thought leaders, civil society members, development professionals and other industry personalities in New York for

Yes, it’s the “largest annual international event held in the United States.” Its the annual gathering of heads of state, thought leaders, civil society members, development professionals and other industry personalities in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and other meetings.


The UNGA 2017 will gather global leaders to inspire true leadership for the SDGs, present highlights of General Assembly week and chart the way ahead for increased public-private collaboration to create the world we want. The UNGA serves as the annual opportunity to unveil the UN Global Compact’s latest intelligence from Action Platforms, generate meaningful and innovative engagement opportunities around the SDGs and to celebrate ambitious leaders and innovators from around the worlds with 2017 Pioneers, Project Breakthrough and the Global Opportunity Explorer. Here are 10 meetings and events to look forward during the 2017 UN General Assembly Debate:


Global Compact Leaders Summit
21 September 2017

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 aims to inspire leadership for the SDGs. It will present highlights of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) week, chart the way ahead for increased public-private collaboration, unveil the UN Global Compact’s latest intelligence from Action Platforms, generate engagement opportunities around the SDGs, and celebrate ambitious leaders and innovators from around the world with 2017 Pioneers, Project Breakthrough and the Global Opportunity Explorer. Read more



Bloomberg Global Business Forum
September 20, 2017
At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, hosted during UN General Assembly week in New York, this community will work together, through on-the-record mainstage discussions and private bilateral and multilateral meetings, to address the most pressing economic issues facing us today: how to create sustained job and economic growth while encouraging technological innovations; the need for new international trade and immigration policies; how cities and nations must redouble their effort to confront the urgent crisis of climate change; and how to drive economic opportunity and prosperity while reducing inequality in the twenty-first century and beyond.


To solve these and other challenges requires focused global leadership, new and innovative partnerships between government and business, and sustained, targeted investment in critical sectors and economies throughout the world. This urgent work begins now, at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, on Sept. 20, 2017, in New York City.


Participation at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum is by invitation only. Read more

Featured Speakers: Michael R. Bloomberg: Founder of Bloomberg L.P. & Bloomberg , Aliko Dangote: President and Chief Executive Dangote Industries Limited, Jack Ma: Executive Chairman Alibaba Group
His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Chairman, MiSK Foundation



Goalkeepers 2017
19-20 September 2017
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are hosting Goalkeepers, an event that will hear inspiring stories and is dedicated to accelerating world progress on the Global Goals.
The event will take place during Global Goals Week, which is taking place on the sidelines of the opening of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72). The event launches with a celebration of stories of success, at the second annual Global Goals Awards, in partnership with UNICEF. This is the chance to recognize some truly extraordinary individuals, in front of an audience of people who can help make this change happen more quickly. Read more


Featured Speakers: Barack Obama: The 44th President of the United States, Bill Gates: co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Malala Yousafzai: Pakistani activist and student, Melinda Gates co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation




NHEF Benefit Gala & Awards Ceremony

20 September 2017

The NHEF commemorates the efforts of trailblazing Nigerians who have contributed to the country’s prosperity both at home and abroad. In recognizing these outstanding achievements, we are reshaping Nigeria’s image on the global stage and changing the narrative on what it means to be Nigerian. We believe that by celebrating these individuals, we will inspire and motivate the next generation of Nigerian leaders.


This year’s gala will take place on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. At this year’s gala, we will continue our tradition of saluting individuals and organizations that are contributing positively to Nigeria’s progress and prosperity on all fronts. Awards will be presented to:


Featured Speakers: Jay Ireland, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Africa
Beatrice Hamza-Bassey, General Counsel, Atlas Mara Limited, Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Global Network Academic Planning, New York University, Teresa Clarke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Africa.com
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We the Future: Accelerating Sustainable Development Solutions
21 September 2017
Innovators from around the globe will showcase and discuss models of systemic change that have been proven and applied on a local, regional and global scale. Social entrepreneurs, corporate pioneers, government innovators, artistic geniuses, and others will explore opportunities to strengthen and scale approaches that create a world of sustainable peace and prosperity. TED Talks, Skoll Foundation and the UN Foundation are organizing the event.


Featured Speakers: Amina Mohammed: Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Emmanuel Jal: Musician, Actor, Author, Campaigner, Josh Nesbit: CEO, Medic Mobile
Dr. Natalia Kanem: Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Sally Osberg: President and CEO, Skoll Foundation

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Social Good Summit
17 September 2017

The intersection of technology and new media has redefined our understanding of human progress. In the midst of this rapidly changing world, the Social Good Summit focuses on where we’re headed.

The Social Good Summit examines the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. It unites a community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for some of the greatest global challenges. The Summit is organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Foundation, Mashable , and the 92Y.



Featured Speakers: Muzoon Al-Mellehan: Student, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Henry Timms:Executive Director, 92Y, Achim Steiner: Administrator, UNDP, Juliana Rotich: Co-Founder, BRCK & Ushahidi, Whoopi Goldberg: Award-winning actress, producer, and television host
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AFRICAN EXCHANGE – AFTERWORK MIXER
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Hudson Terrace: 621 West 46th Street New York, NY, 10036

Join us for the AFRICAN EXCHANGE AFTERWORK MIXER on Wednesday, Sept 20 , 2017, at the Hudson Terrace 621 West 46th Street New York, NY, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. African Exchange is held annually during the United Nations General Assembly and Africa 2030 Week


The Africa Exchange Afterwork mixer is a professional and social networking event hosted by Applause Africa and Avant-Garde Network to promote relationships among young professionals in United States and Africa. Expand your peer group. Come and meet your contemporaries. Find out more about how to get involved. Join all of these great organizations and their members for beer, wine, cocktails, food, music and the company of your peers in New York.


AFRICA 2030 WEEK 2017 a series of events during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 18-20th all focusing on Africa and the Diaspora! Click HERE and RSVP for the FREE NOW.


Solutions Summit 2017
19-21 September 2017
The Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at UN Headquarters in New York during the UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative seeks to advance the work of teams who are already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s Solutions Summit will take place in the UN SDG Media Zone and will involve in-person accelerator sessions and social media interaction with the selected solution-makers. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Global Innovation Exchange, in collaboration with Shift7, the Global Entrepreneurs Council, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Read More



UN Private Sector Forum 2017
18 September 2017

The United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017, organized by the UN Global Compact, will focus on the theme of ‘Financing the 2030 Agenda’. The organizers note that achieving the SDGs requires unlocking new forms of financing at an unprecedented scale, and ensuring the UN and its partners “make a strategic pivot” to facilitating financial innovation, catalyzing responsible business growth, and increasing private and public investment in the Goals. The annual Forum aims to bring the voice of business to intergovernmental debates, and to enable CEOs, heads of state and government, and UN and civil society leaders to explore partnerships to address challenges that no single organization or sector can take on alone. Read more


Featured Speakers
H.E. António Guterres: Secretary General, United Nations, H.E. Doris Leuthard: President, Swiss Confederation, The Honorable Al Gore: Forty-fifth Vice President of the United States Chairman, The Climate Reality Project, Walt Macnee: Vice Chairman, Mastercard


Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2017
18-19 September 2017
The Sustainable Development Impact Summit seeks to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change by providing a multistakeholder platform for concerted action. Through this Summit, the World Economic Forum will work with leaders from government, business, academia and civil society who will be present in New York during the opening of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72) to: Increase the impact of existing multistakeholder initiatives; Catalyse new partnerships and alliances; and Explore how the advanced technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution could be better leveraged for sustainable development.
The Sustainable Development Impact Summit is taking place during Global Goals Week.

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Featured Speakers: William Adams: Founder and President, i.am.angel Foundation, Zeinab Badawi, Chair, Royal African Society, Catherine Cheney: West Coast Correspondent, Devex, Njideka Harry: President and Chief Executive Officer, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)



33rd Annual AAI Awards Gala
19 September 2017

The Africa-America Institute will host its Annual Awards Gala on Tuesday, September 19 at The Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, New York.


Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly, the Annual Awards Gala is one of the most anticipated Africa-focused events in New York City. The Awards Gala brings together distinguished guests including African Heads of State and diplomats, international and senior U.S. government officials, business and civil society leaders, educators, journalists, philanthropists and other prominent figures who are working towards advancing economic and development progress in Africa.


Since its first Annual Awards Dinner in 1984, AAI has honored individuals who are working to fulfill AAI’s mission of increasing Africa’s human capacity for development and promoting engagement between the African continent and America.


This years awards include: The National Achievement Award presented to H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on behalf of the People of the Republic of Ghana. The Leadership in African Media & Arts Award, presented to Nicole Amarteifio, Creator, Director and Producer of the critically acclaimed television series, An African City. The African Business Leader Award presented to Mr. Jim Ovia, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of Zenith Bank. The Leadership and Innovation Award, presented to Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer, Uber. Tickets now avaliable for purchase HERE


TEDGlobal NYC
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
TEDGlobal>NYC will be held in Manhattan on the early evening of Wednesday, September 20, 2017, with a mission to catalyze new thinking about world issues.


We live in a time when the advance toward a more connected, united, understanding world feels in peril. Has globalization gone too far too fast? And what could we do — together — about it? Some voices are demanding a retreat to insular nations battling for their own interests. But most of the big problems we face are collective in nature and global in scope.



Confirmed speakers: Christiane Amanpour, Journalist, CNN, Ibeyi, Musical duo, Naoko Ishii, Chair, Global Environment Facility, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Musician, Naomi Klein, Author of “No Is Not Enough”, Robert Muggah, Urban issues expert, Igarapé Institute. Read more



Nigeria-U.S. CEO Investor Roundtable
September 20, 2017
Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) will host a number of special events on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. CCA will convene Heads of State, high level government officials and business leaders to discuss the challenges and solutions to greater U.S.-Africa trade, investment, and economic engagement.
The dialogue will bring together select African Heads of State, CEOs of major U.S. and African firms, and other key stakeholders to discuss the business environment in Africa broadly, key investment opportunities across the continent, and potential ways to forge U.S.-Africa business relations and partnerships that contribute to increased and more diversified U.S.-Africa trade and investment.


The roundtable will feature His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, senior business executives from leading global companies, and other senior government officials. Read more


Debo Folorunsho

Debo Folorunsho serves as CEO of Applause Africa Communications and Executive Producer of the African Diaspora Awards. He has worked in Visual Design at Music Creative Group, Warner Music Communications and Design Group, and Permission Data.

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