UN Global Compact Leaders Summit


The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit will bring together thousands of leaders to decide how business can support countries and communities around the world to recover better, recover stronger, and recover together from the COVID-19 crisis.

On 15 June 2020, from 12:30 EDT to 14:00 EDT, the The Women's Empowerment Principles Secretariat, as a part of WE EMPOWER Programme, is hosting the Women's Empowerment Principles - Recover Better, Together and Stronger session. 

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the SDGs are even more relevant today as the response to the pandemic cannot be de-linked from actions on the SDGs. The pandemic calls for an immediate coordinated, people-centered and gender-sensitive response which is indispensable for an inclusive economic recovery. The private sector has already played an important in not just slowing the spread of the virus but also mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on society at large.

The private sector has a responsibility to use its power, influence and resources to protect the rights and physical and mental well-being of employees and to ensure long-term business recovery efforts restore economic stability. Businesses also play a key role in addressing the needs of women in their supply chains and customer base.

The WEPs are a set of seven principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

During this time of upheaval and uncertainty, the WEPs are a great resource for the private sector to help them protect the most vulnerable groups by offering a clear framework on how businesses can build gender-inclusive business environments across their value chains from leadership, workplaces, marketplaces and community.

This year, 2020, is a momentous year as it marks 10 years since the establishment of the WEPs. We are celebrating with the 3,000 strong WEPs community and encourage companies, industry associations and chambers of commerce to join the WEPs community to ensure progress to recover better, together and stronger.

Join us to find more information about the WEPs and explore effective long-term business continuity and COVID-19 recovery efforts through the implementation of the WEPs. 





Our 20th anniversary Leaders Summit will virtually convene leading voices from business, government, the United Nations, civil society, and academia for a 26-hour conversation about how we can rebuild more inclusive economies and societies to set a new course for a socially just, low-carbon, and climate-resilient world, where no one is left behind.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called COVID-19 “the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations”. This pandemic is an important reminder that no nation, no business, no individual is stronger than the weakest among us in our interdependent world. Everyone is invited to inspire, learn and contribute to the strong recovery the world needs.

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