2020 UN General Assembly Virtual Philanthropic Side-Events

This September, many parts of the United Nations General Assembly and its hundreds of side-events will be held virtually for the first time due to COVID-19. While many of the usual events may not take place, there are still hundreds of opportunities that are now more accessible than ever to the philanthropic sector. This page highlights events that may be of interest to foundations and other philanthropic actors and includes links to register for each event.

If you are hosting side-events featuring philanthropy that we should include in our calendar, please send event details to brian.kastner@cof.org so we can promote your event.

We will continue to update this calendar throughout September. For more information about UN75, visit the UN Foundation.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020


Charity in the Age of a Pandemic

September 9, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm EDT

Organizer: Rumi Forum


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020


Transforming Lives on the Front Lines of Crisis

September 16, 2020 at 12:00pm EDT

Organizer: Project Hope


American Leadership in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

September 16, 2020 from 1:00-2:30pm EDT

Organizer: Brookings Institution and United Nations Foundation


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020


Blockchain Central UNGA

September 17-18, 2020 from 5:50am on the 17th to 3:45pm on the 18th

Organizer: GBBC Blockchain Central UNGA


Women in Global Health Security: Achieving Gender-Responsive Global Health

September 17, 2020

Organizer: Foreign Policy Magazine, Women in Global Health, Wagner Foundation


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020


Uniting Business Live

September 21-23, 2020 (all day)

Organizer: Global Compact


Business Fights Poverty Online

September 21-25, 2020 (all day)

Organizer: Business Fights Poverty


Concorida Annual Summit

September 21-25, 2020 (all day)

Organizer: Concordia


COVID-19 Lessons Learned and the Role of Business in Building Back Responsibly

September 21, 2020 from 2:00-3:00pm EDT

Organizer: The Prince's Responsibile Business Network


Driving Leadership Action to Build Back Responsibly

September 21, 2020 from 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Organizer: The Prince's Responsibile Business Network


Ending Racism and Classism in the Climate Movement

September 21, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT

Organizer: Sustaining All Life and United to End Racism


International Conference on Sustainable Development

September 21-22, 2020 (all day)

Organizer: SDSN


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020


Taking a Comprehensive Approach in Response to COVID-19 and Financing the SDGs

September 22, 2020 from 8:30-10:00am EDT

Organizer: SDG Philanthropy Platform


Achieving a Net Zero Emissions Economy: Returning Carbon to the Earth

September 22, 2020 from 9:00-10:30am EDT

Organizer: Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy


Walmart Sustainability Milestone Summit: Accelerating Progess Toward a Sustainable Future

September 22, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm EDT

Organizer: Climate Group


Eliminating the Effects of Racism in Climate Activism

September 22, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT

Organizer: Sustaining All Lives


Climate Policy in the New Normal

September 22, 2020 from 7:00-8:00pm EDT

Organizer: The New Republic


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020


SDG Business Forum

September 23, 2020

Organizer: International Chamber of Commerce, UNDESA, UN Global Compact


Climate Change, Deforestation and Global Pandemics

September 23, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm EDT

Organizer: Climate Group


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020


World Climate Forum

September 24, 2020 

Organizer: World Climate Forum


Climate Change within the ESG Arena

September 24, 2020 from 12:00-1:30pm EDT

Organizer: Environmental Law Institute


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020


Threats to Democracy: Can Philanthropy Sit on the Sidelines?

September 25, 2020 at 9:00am EDT