Business and the United Nations
ICC is the only business organisation admitted as an Observer at the United Nations General Assembly.
Given the complexity of today’s global challenges, ICC’s voice in United Nations (UN) decision making, on behalf of business, is vital.
ICC has a long tradition of close cooperation with the UN and on 13 December 2016 was granted Observer Status by 193 members of the UN General Assembly.
The historic decision means that business, for the first time, has a direct voice in the UN system.
ICC took up its position as observer to the General Assembly on 1 January 2017 and today is fully positioned to contribute directly to the work of the General Assembly and to promote the essential role the private sector will play in implementing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Following sustained efforts to strengthen the relationship between the UN and the private sector, ICC will use this unique platform to deploy fully the resources, expertise and knowledge of world business in the work of the General Assembly.
We have identified key areas of engagement as trade, sustainable development, the global refugee crisis and the digital economy.