A New York minute: Events to watch out for this week

People walk past portraits of former United Nations secretaries-general at the lobby of the Secretariat Building at the organization’s headquarters in New York. Photo by: Amanda Voisard / U.N.

It's a whirlwind week in New York as world leaders, civil society members, private sector representatives and development professionals come together for a number of high-level gatherings including the U.N. Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. To help you navigate your way through the flurry of events in the city, we have compiled them in a list. We will continue to update this page, so keep checking back for more information.

A big thanks to the U.N. Foundation and other Devex members for their help compiling this list. If you know of any other important events in New York this week that are not included, please let us know by emailing us to news@devex.com.


All day
Third Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development
Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall

4-6 p.m.
Addresing Implementation: Translating SDGs into National Development Agenda
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd St.

5-7 p.m.
Children's Voices for the #GlobalGoals
Scandinavia House, Volvo Hall, 58 Park Ave.

6-8:30 p.m.
Integration Hypothesis: The Next Generation of Development: Integrated Investments for Youth
Midtown Loft, 267 5th Ave.

6-9 p.m.
Climate justice and business: Human rights from the frontlines to Paris
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 East 65th St.

7:30-9 p.m.
2°C is the Limit — Music for a Sustainable Planet
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway


8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Business Call to Action annual forum
Convene, 730 Third Ave.

8 a.m.-noon
REV4NY Exchange
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Philanthropy Engaged
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
10th Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism
New York University, 60 Washington Square South

9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Seventh Meeting of SDSN Leadership Council
Faculty House, Columbia University

9:15 a.m.-noon
Nutrition and the SDGs: Harnessing the Power of Partnerships to Achieve the SDGs for Nutrition
Apella Event Space, Alexandria Center, 450 E. 29th street

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Live Stream: Papal Address to Congress & Panel Discussion
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
High-Level Discussion: The Role of Business in Advancing the Global Goals
Ford Foundation, 320 E 43rd Street

Noon-3 p.m.
How ICT Can Advance Multi-Sector Solutions to De-Couple Economic Growth from Carbon Emissions
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle

1-2:45 p.m.
Heads of State Lunch
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street

1-5 p.m.
Wellbeing for All: Innovation for Society’s Biggest Health Challenges
To be confirmed

3-5:15 p.m.
Harnessing Multi-sectoral Partnerships for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Conference Room 6, United Nations Headquarters

3-6 p.m.
Business for 2030: The Portal for Business Engagement in the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Harvard Club 35 West 44th Street New York 3

3:15-5:15 p.m.
B-Team Board Meeting
10th Floor Boardroom, Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street

5-6 p.m.
Health and Livelihoods in the Face of Climate Change
Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, NYC

5:30-7:30 p.m.
B Team Reception: SDG Launch & Celebration
Ford Foundation, East River Room

6-8 p.m.
Pope Economics & Pope Ecology
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, 515 West 116th Street

6-8:00 p.m.
Investing in Innovation: The Payoff for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health
Convene Conference Center

6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Brain Trust of Benchmarking
New York City Bar Association

7-8:45 p.m.
Cities Driving Sustainable Development: Endorsing the SDGs and Committing to their Implementation
The New School University, 63 5th Ave.

8 p.m.-onwards
#LightTheWay Vigil: Multi-Faith Prayers for Action Supporting Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Action
Church of Our Saviour, 59 Park Avenue

9 p.m.
#BeyondNYC: UNGA/Climate Week NYC/CGI Week Kick-off Party
Ford Foundation, East River Room

To be confirmed
Action/2015 Mobilization
Rockefeller Plaza


8-9:30 a.m.
Delivering the SDGs: Unlocking Business Action at Scale
Citi, 388 Greenwich Street, NYC

8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West

9-10:30 a.m.
Address by His Holiness Pope Francis to U.N. General Assembly
U.N. General Assembly

11 a.m.-9 p.m.
U.N. Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
U.N. General Assembly

Noon-2 p.m.
Every Woman Every Child Private Sector/Innovation Working Group Luncheon
Westin Hotel, NYC

4-6 p.m.
Transforming Economies: Empowering Women and Girls
Ford Foundation, 320 E. 43rd Street, NYC

6:30-9 p.m.
Citizen 2.0: Technology and Participatory Monitoring of the SDGs
The Dylan, E 32nd St

7-9 p.m.
Starting strong: from SDG ambition to action
Harvard Club

7-9:30 p.m.
Pontifical Academy of Sciences Dinner
North/Biddle Room, Harvard Club, NYC


7:45-9:45 a.m.
Business Unusual: moving beyond aid to implement the SDGs
Japan Society,333 East 47th Street

9 a.m.-6 p.m.
U.N. Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
U.N. General Assembly

9-11 a.m.
Sustainable Development in a New Era: Building a Framework for Participation at the National and Regional Levels
Church Center at the UN, 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor

8-10 a.m.
Accountability in the Post 2015 era: Reaching Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent, Everywhere
Westin Grand Central

8:30 am-5 p.m. (TBC)
Broadband Commission for Digital Development Meeting
The Yale Club, NYC

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
United Nations Private Sector Forum
South DDR and DDR, UNHQ

1-3 p.m.
Better than Cash Alliance Event
United Nations Headquarters

1:15-2:45 p.m.
Translating the Post-2015 Agenda: Action on NCDs for a Sustainable Future
Convene Center 730 Third Avenue, New York Wharton Forum, 17th floor

2-10 p.m.
Global Citizen Festival
Great Lawn, Central Park, NYC

2:30-4:30 p.m.
ICT for Development
Faculty House, Columbia University, NYC

3-5 p.m.
Global Education First Initiative High-Level Event
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

4-6 p.m.
Every Woman Every Child High-Level Event
United Nations Headquarters

4-10 p.m.
Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (Day 1)
Sheraton Times Square, NYC

5-7 p.m.
The SDGs and Mining: Challenges and Opportunities
Convene, 730 3RD Avenue


9 a.m.-6 p.m.
U.N. Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
UN General Assembly

8-10:30 a.m.
mHealth Breakfast
Convene, 101 Park Avenue

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment – A Commitment to Action
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

9 a.m.-10:30 pm
Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (Day 2)
Sheraton Times Square, NYC

11 a.m.
Social Good Summit
92Y, NYC

11:30 am–2 p.m.
Walking Together for Women & Children
Convene, 101 Park Ave.

1:15-2:30 p.m.
Building political leadership for a transformative agenda
Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters

1:30-3 p.m.
#Generation2030: Torchbearers for the SDGs
Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St.

3:45-4:45 p.m.
Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: A global Action Plan to ‘Leave No One Behind’
United Nations Headquarters

4-7 p.m.
Young Leaders’ Round Robin Networking: Meet, Create, Change Lives
Convene, 101 Park Avenue

6-9 p.m.
Champions of the Earth Awards Gala
To be confirmed


All day
General Debate of the 70th Session of U.N. General Assembly Begins
United Nations Headquarters

All day
Social Good Summit
92Y, NYC

7:30-9:30 a.m.
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Breakfast
To be confirmed

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
UrbanSDG Campaign High-level Plenary and Workshop
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Securing a Paris Dividend: Leadership & Innovation for a Strong, Sustainable Economy
Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th Street, NYC

9:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (Day 3)
Sheraton Times Square, NYC

12:30-2 p.m.
Net-Zero by 2050 CEO Lunch
CGI Meeting Room (to be confirmed), NYC

1-3 p.m.
Launch of New Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Waldorf Astoria Jade Room, 540 Lexington Ave

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Up For School Town Hall
The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street

3 p.m.
United Nations Security Council Meeting on Peacekeeping
Security Council, UNHQ

6-8 p.m.
Skoll Foundation Reception
Remi Restaurant, Grand Canal Room, 145 W. 53rd St.

To be confirmed
United Nations Foundation Partner Reception
Warby Parker


All day
Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (Day 4)
Sheraton Times Square, NYC

1-4 p.m.
Sustainable Finance for Deep Decarbonization
HSBC, 452 5th Avenue, NYC

To be confirmed
Accountability and Monitoring of the SDGs in OECD Countries
United Nations Headquarters (to be confirmed)

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