Business Assembly: A Global Conversation on Cities

This Business Assembly is organized in collaboration with Global Compact

As human settlements become predominantly urban, the corporate world is an essential partner to define the cities of tomorrow, and will be vital to achieving urban equity andsustainability. The Business Assembly will bring together private sector leaders and representatives of the world's leading CSR business networks to put forward the corporate best practices, innovations, and business models that have the power to generate change and to accelerate action to sustainable urbanization. In particular, they will hold conversations with cities in order to exchange strategies and innovations to improve settlements and achieve better integrated and inclusive cities. Medellín will be presented as the success story at this session.

Join the Four City Conversations

The Business Assembly includes fourCity Conversations focusing on four cities: Kisumu in Kenya, Santa Marta in Colombia, Delmas in Haiti and Nampula in Mozambique. The four City Conversations will runin parallel during the Business Assembly from 10:30 to 13:00. They will consist in a presentation on the current projects and city strategies made by a case presenter from the City, moderated by an UN-Habitat Expert, who will invite participants to share their views and ideas in a prioritization interactive session, focusing on innovative solutions from the private sector. Signing up for the City Conversations is free of charge; please note that maximum capacity is 56 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

8:30am - 5:00pm | Grand Salon Room 1 and 2


Tim Campell


Joan Clos
UN-Habitat Executive Director

Mahamudo Amurane
Mayor of Nampula

Sol Beatriz Arango
President Services Nutresa

Michael R. Bloomberg
UN Special Envoy on Cities and Climate Change

David Bojanini
President Sura Group

Benedito Braga
President World Water Council 

Carlos Caicedo
Mayor of Santa Marta

Agustín Escobar Cañadas
Vice-President of Infrastructure and Cities, South America, Siemens

Fleurimonde Charles
Assistant Mayor, Municipality of Delmas

Aníbal Gaviria Correa
Mayor, City of Medellín

Agustin Escobar Cañadas
Vice President, Siemens South America

Sandra Fonseca 
President, Empresa Energia de Bogotá

Hernando Gomez
Advisor, Argos Group Colombia

Luis Felipe Hoyos
Vice Mayor Medellin

Carlos Jacks
President, CEMEX Colombia

Wilson Jeudy
Mayor of Delmas, Port-au-Prince

Vincent K’Odera
County Executive Committee Member, Kisumu

Bruce Mac Master
President, National Association of Colombian Enterprise 

Esteban Piedrahita
CEO, Orbis Group Colombia

Hernán Rincón
President, Microsoft Latin America

José Alberto Vélez Cadavid
CEO, Argos Group

Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation

Carlos Raul Yepes
President Bancolombia Group

City conversations

Santa Marta, Colombia
Room 16 - Red Pavilion
View the Santa Marta Participant Guide

Kisumu, Kenya
Room 14 - Red Pavilion
View the Kisumu Participant Guide

Delmas, Haiti
Room 17 - Red Pavilion
View the Delmas Participant Guide

Nampula, Mozambique
Room 15 - Red Pavilion
View the Nampula Participant Guide

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 View the Business Assembly Draft Programme as of February 20, 2014