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In a historic decision, the International Chamber of Commerce was granted Observer Status at the United Nations in December 2016—providing businesses with direct access into the UN system for the very first time.

This new—and unique—status for the world business organization comes at a time when there is growing private sector interest in the work of the UN.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals—an ambitious development agenda for people, planet and prosperity known as the “Global Goals”—will have significant economic implications for global business. Recent research shows that implementation of the Global Goals offers companies a tremendous new growth strategy—with trillions of dollars in new market opportunities across the globe.

At the same time, there are growing concerns about the rise of protectionist and populist movements in many countries—some of which have manifested themselves in important UN debates over the past year.

ICC’s Observer Status provides world business with a direct voice into the UN agenda for the first time: providing an opportunity to shape global policies that work with the private sector to drive sustainable development and extend prosperity for all.

We are the world business organization.

We are your voice at the UN.

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