Date Session Scope Format
17 July Time TBD Pre-Global Forum Sessions

A series of opened and closed interactive sessions will take place the day prior the kick off of the 2017 PRME Global Forum including sessions on innovative approaches to sustainability, "learning journeys" and working meetings.

Interactive Sessions and Site Visits
18 July 8.00-09.00AM REGISTRATION & NETWORKING Registration & Networking – Parallel Focus Session for New to PRME, "Essentials for Engagement" (8:00-8:45am)
18 July 9.00-10.00AM Opening Plenary "10 years of PRME"

The high-level opening plenary will allow for the introduction of the 2017 Global Forum and will take stock of the past 10 years of PRME – the achievements and successes of the initiative.

It will also allow high-level statements introducing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the focus of the 2017 Global Forum. The celebration of PRME and the emphasis on the value of the SDGs will frame discussions for the next two days.

High-Level Opening Speeches/ Keynote Address
18 July 10.00-10.30AM Session I: "The impact of PRME around the world"

Following the Opening Plenary, this session will feature high-level representatives of PRME signatory business and management schools who will reflect on the impact of PRME on their institutions. Further, what are the plans to align PRME commitment to the SDGs.

Town-hall style
10.30-11.00AM COFFEE BREAK
18 July 11.00AM-12.30PM Session I: Roundtable discussions "Educating for Responsible Management"

This interactive roundtable session will provide individuals with the opportunity to highlight their role and accomplishments in PRME, and learn from each other. Participants will share best practices and reflections about implementing the Six Principles. This guided session includes time for individual reflection, group discussions and conference feedback.

Feedback from roundtable discussions in plenary (30 min.)

Facilitated Discussion at each Roundtable
18 July 2.00PM-5.30PM Focus Sessions: "PRME Networks for the SDGs"

Focus Sessions will showcase concrete projects and deliverables from PRME signatories, networks (Chapters, Working Groups, Champions, and Student Platforms) and partners on how higher education institutions have developed and are aligning their work towards achieving the SDGs. Some of the Focus Sessions to be organised by partner organisations. A moderator will take notes and observations that will be compiled and presented at the end of Day 2.

Two sets of sessions of one hour and a half each with a break in between.

Focus Sessions (for a full list, please visit this link)
18 July evening 7.00PM-9.00PM Reception: "PRME's 10th Anniversary celebration"

In the spirit of PRME's 10th Anniversary, a grand reception alongside ambassadors, delegates and international dignitaries will take place at the UN Headquarters.

The reception will feature high-level keynote speakers, recognition of excellence in reporting, as well as recognition of individuals who significantly contributed to the development of the PRME initiative over the past ten years.

The celebratory mood will be enhanced by the venue's captivating atmosphere, live music and plentiful networking opportunities.

Delegates Dining Room, UN Headquarters
19 July 8.00AM-8.45AM COFFEE & NETWORKING Coffee & Networking – Parallel Focus Session: PRME Chapters Working Meetings (8:00-8:45am)
19 July 9.00AM-10.00AM Session II: "Making Global Goals Local Business: Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals to Every Classroom"

A stakeholder reflection on the state of world by looking at the Grand Challenges in select countries, based on the Gap Frame initially introduced by the moderator. Stakeholders from government, business, management education and the next generation discuss the opportunities and threats concerns regarding burning issues illustrating their perspectives with examples.

The moderator outlines opportunities for business schools based on the Gap Frame and leads the stakeholders to each present their hopes and expectations regarding how business schools can make a significant positive contribution to the Global Goals defined by the SDGs.

Plenary Statements
19 July 10.30AM-12.00PM Session II: Roundtable discussions "Leveraging PRME to contribute to the SDGs"

Inspired by the PRME working groups and their SDG-related work (max 10 min. video), we will investigate together our impact on the SDGs in the following areas:

  • Teaching & learning
  • Applied research
  • Institutional transformation
  • Company consulting/executive education
  • Community engagement

The facilitators will illustrate the discussion by reflecting on two best practice examples. Each table will then engage in a reflective discussion on their own best practices and new projects, and how to measure progress towards achieving the SDGs in the context of their business school and the PRME community. (50 min.)

Questions to consider for each area:

  • What are we doing/ could be doing to integrate the SDG topics into each of these five areas?
  • What are the particular competencies/ skills we are advocating in order for students/faculty to address SDG-related issues?
  • How might we assess our impact?
  • What is a vision for how we might 'scale' our initiatives for greater impact?

Feedback from roundtable discussions in plenary (30 min.)

Facilitated Discussion at each Roundtable
19 July 12.00PM-1.00PM Closing Session: "PRME's Next Decade".
  • Closing Remarks including feedback from Focus Sessions and Roundtables
  • Adoption of Outcomes Declaration
Feedback from Keynote Listeners and Final High Level Remarks
19 July 3.00PM-5.00PM Higher Education - Key driver of the Sustainable Development Goals
HESI Meeting, co-organised by UN DESA and UN Global Compact/PRME

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) was created in 2012 in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) by a consortium of UN Entities (UNESCO, UN-DESA, UN Global Compact's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UN Environment, and UNU, and in 2016, UN-HABITAT joined). On the occasion of the 2017 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the United Nations' central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, the partners of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), are organising an event for higher education institutions to showcase how they are integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices and to position higher education institutions as key drivers for achieving the SDGs. Outcomes of the PRME Global Forum will be presented.

Co-organised by UN DESA and UN Global Compact/PRME

UN Headquarters, Conference Room TBC
20 July 8.00AM-12.00PM PRME Governance Meetings

PRME Advisory Committee and PRME Steering Committee meetings hosted at the UN Global Compact Board Room

Closed meetings

* Note: Sessions and times are subject to change. Please check back regularly for the latest schedule.

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