Deloitte at the United Nations General Assembly week 2021

Overview of Deloitte’s involvement in UNGA 2021

At Deloitte, we are committed to be a force for good and lead the way on the increasingly complex challenges society faces today. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and the events surrounding this are an opportunity for Deloitte leaders to engage with others to discuss solutions and commitments to addressing some of the biggest global challenges, such as climate change and social equity. Scroll down to explore Deloitte’s presence.

Global Impact Report

Global Impact Report

Stakeholders globally are calling for greater transparency and accountability. Working with the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and other professional services organizations, Deloitte helped compile a set of common environmental, social and governance metrics (ESG). Companies can report against these to demonstrate their progress in addressing society’s priorities, as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Explore Deloitte’s 2021 Global Impact Report to learn more.

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WEF SDI Summit

WEF SDI Summit

Hosted alongside the UNGA, the 2021 World Economic Forum (WEF) Sustainable Development Impact (SDI) Summit focused global leaders’ attention on “Shaping an Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Recovery,” recognizing we have less than a decade to meet the SDGs. Deloitte is working with the global community to accelerate progress to build a better and more sustainable future.

Our delegation addressed issues critical to exiting the pandemic stronger than we entered it. We focused on mobilizing action on health equity, supporting climate-smart agricultural practices, and generating impact toward the SDGs through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Deloitte contributions to the SDI program

Innovating for Sustainability: The Entrepreneurs Who Could Save the World

20 September | 09:15 - 09:45 CET

This session featured a “Top Innovator” selected through Deloitte’s WorldClass Education Challenge via UpLink, an open innovation platform for SDGs which Deloitte developed in collaboration with WEF and Salesforce.

Session description:

With digitization helping emerging economies make up 57% of global trade by 2030, innovation and entrepreneurship remain critical in ensuring strong development action.

This session united some of the most exciting entrepreneurs to come through, UpLink, and allowed participants to vote for who they thought had the most potential to scale their global impact.

  • A WorldClass Education Challenge Top Innovator: Job Oyebisi, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, StanLab
  • Allon Raiz, Chief Executive Officer, Raizcorp
  • Jennifer Blanke, Member of the Board, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
  • Lasse Lindqvist, Co-Founder, ANDx
  • Maren Hjorth Bauer, Managing Partner and Founder, Fynd Ocean Ventures
  • Natasha Franck, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EON Group Holdings Inc
  • Nivedha RM, Chief Executive Officer, Trashcon
  • Tom Birbeck, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ARC Marine
  • William Kwende, Founder, Serious Shea SARL
View this livestreamed session

UpLink: How we sourced 150 solutions that could change the world

20 September | 19:45 - 20:15 CET
Session description:

To date, UpLink’s Top Innovators have secured more than $100 million in funding since joining the platform and are improving the lives of 20 million+ people across the globe.

Watch the recording of the press briefing of UpLink’s founding champions from WEF, Salesforce, and Deloitte as well as several “Top Innovators” reflect on the initial phase and impact of UpLink over the past 18 months and shape the vision for the next phase of its growth.

  • Punit Renjen, Global CEO, Deloitte
  • Amanda Russo, Head of Media Content, World Economic Forum
  • Ariana Day Yuen, Founder, Forested Foods
  • Briana Warner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Sea Farms
  • Olivier Schwab, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
  • Other speakers to be confirmed
  • Simon Mulcahy, Chief Innovation Officer, Salesforce
View this livestreamed press briefing
Read the UpLink Impact Report 2020-2021

Who Are the Entrepreneurs Transforming Education?

21 September | 08:15 - 08:30 CET

This UpLink Daily video explored how Deloitte’s WorldClass Education Challenge on UpLink is scaling effective models for education delivery.

Session description:

With over 1 billion children stepping foot in a classroom every day, the methods used to educate students is critical to preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow. What solutions will close education gaps and prepare every child to succeed?

  • Punit Renjen, Global CEO, Deloitte
  • Michele Parmelee, Deputy Global CEO and Global Chief People and Purpose Officer, Deloitte
  • Audrey Chitewe, Africa WorldImpact Lead, Executive Office, Deloitte
  • Nofi Bayu Darmawan, Founder, Komerce
View this UpLink Daily video session
Meet the WorldClass Education Challenge innovators
Read the Agenda blog by Michele Parmelee, These 12 innovators are transforming the future of education

Mobilizing Action on Health Equity

21 September | 15:00 - 15:30 CET

This session was designed by Deloitte and is part of Deloitte’s collaboration on the WEF’s Health Equity initiative.

Session description:

Non-medical "drivers of health" such as secure healthy living conditions, nutritious food, employment and education are responsible for 70% of health outcomes.

This session brought together leaders from all sectors to prioritize health equity. It was be followed by a discussion amongst SDI delegates.

  • Punit Renjen, Global CEO, Deloitte
  • Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC
  • Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association
  • Ryan Noach, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Health (Pty) Ltd
  • Thomas M. Moriarty, Executive Vice-President; Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer; General Counsel, CVS Health Corporation
View this livestreamed session
Learn more about Deloitte Health Equity Institute
Read the Agenda blog by Punit Renjen, This Indian state's response to COVID-19 could be a model for equitable healthcare.
Read the Agenda blog by David Rabinowitz and Therese Wetterman, What is health equity – and why does it matter to business?

Asia Pacific’s turning point: The fight for climate change will be won or lost in Asia

22 September | 12:00 - 13:00 CET

This session was designed and hosted by Deloitte and was part of the official SDI Affiliate Session programme.

Session description:

Time is running out to act globally on climate change. Rather than climate action being a drain on our economy, Deloitte’s new Economic Climate Report shows climate action will significantly boost it by increasing the GDP of Asia Pacific by US$47 trillion and accelerating phenomenal growth. With concerted and coordinated action over the next decade, we can transform the underlying production systems of our economy, through technology and finance and export decarbonization globally.

Alternatively, the cost of doing nothing is economically devastating. US$96 trillion lost from Asia Pacific’s economy by 2070. This represents a loss of US$16 trillion in 2070 alone, equivalent to China’s entire economy today. We have a narrow window of time to change the future. Decisions need to be made in the next decade to combat the worst impact and accelerate economic growth.

This session brought together leaders to discuss how stakeholders can work together to take advantage of this global turning point.

  • Cindy Hook, Asia Pacific CEO, Deloitte
  • Dr. Pradeep Philip, Lead Partner, Deloitte Economics Institute, Deloitte
  • Will Symons, Asia Pacific Climate & Sustainability Leader, Deloitte
  • Charlotte Wolff-Bye, Chief Sustainability Officer, PETRONAS
  • Lynette Mayne, Co-Chair, The B Team Australasia
Read Deloitte’s Asia Pacific Economic Climate Report: Asia Pacific's Turning Point

100 Million Farmers for Our Future

22 September | 14:00 - 14:30 CET

This session was designed by Deloitte and is part of Deloitte’s collaboration on the WEF project, 100 Million Farms: Transitioning towards net-zero, nature positive food systems.

Session description:

Roughly two-thirds of food-system emissions come from agriculture and land use, highlighting the unique role of farmers as custodians of food, land and natural ecosystems alike.

This session explored opportunities to support farmers and mainstream regenerative and climate-smart agricultural practices towards net-zero, nature-positive food systems. It was followed by a discussion amongst SDI delegates.

  • Bambi Semroc, Senior Vice-President, Center for Sustainable Lands and Waters, Conservation International
  • Barbara Baarsma, Chief Executive Officer, Rabo Carbon Bank, Rabobank
  • Daniel Asare-Kyei, Chief Executive Officer, Esoko; Schwab Foundation Social Innovator
  • Erin Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action
  • Joao Campari, Global Leader, Food Practice, WWF International
  • Krysta Harden, President & Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Dairy Export Council, Dairy Management Inc
  • Liam Condon, President, Bayer Crop Science, Bayer
  • Lisa Sweet, Head of Future of Protein, COVID Response, and Food-Health, World Economic Forum
  • Ndidi O. Nwuneli, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition; Schwab Foundation Social Innovator
  • Ramesh Chand, Member, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
  • Theo De Jager, President, World Farmers' Organisation
  • Tony Siantonas, Director, Scaling Positive Agriculture, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
View this livestreamed session
Learn more about the WEF project, 100 Million Farms: Transitioning towards net-zero, nature positive food systems

Scaling Africa's Digital Transformation

22 September | 11:00 - 11:45 CET

This session was designed by Deloitte Africa team engaged in the Regional Action Group for Africa initiative. It explored the WEF report developed in collaboration with Deloitte Africa, Financing the Future of Energy.

Session description:

By increasing mobile broadband penetration by 10%, Africa could generate a 2.5% increase in GDP per capita. With digital transformation such as this presenting a large opportunity for the continent to arise from the crisis, what steps are needed to boost sustainable growth?

Simultaneous interpretation in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Russian.

This session showcased the findings from the whitepaper outlining the key considerations in setting the course for Africa’s energy future.

  • Crystal Rugege, Managing Director, Rwanda Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Fifi Peters, Anchor, CNBC Africa
  • Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications and Technology (ICT), Innovation and Youth Affairs of Kenya
  • Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman, Huawei Technologies; International Business Council
View this livestreamed session
Read the Agenda blog: Finding financing solutions for the future of energy in Africa
Read the press release: Financing Options Key to Africa’s Transition to Sustainable Energy
Read the report, developed in collaboration with Deloitte: Financing the Future of Energy

SDI Summit Agenda blogs

Deloitte’s SDI Summit delegation

Deloitte’s latest climate collaborations with WEF

WorldClimate Learning

In early August, we announced our new climate learning program roll out for all 345,000+ of our people worldwide. A first-of-its-kind among major global organizations, the program aims to inform, challenge and inspire Deloitte people to learn about the impacts of climate change and empower them to confidently navigate their contribution to addressing climate change by making responsible choices at home and at work. The program, developed in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is a key component of our WorldClimate strategy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030 and extend that impact beyond ourselves.

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