In recognition of the exemplary individuals, organizations, and corporations who have dedicated their time and resources to support the work of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) honored five recipients with the 2017 Global Leadership Awards at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York City.
“The world needs today a strong, modernized, and reformed UN,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. “The world needs today the full engagement of the United States of America’s international relations. The world needs today, more than ever, strong cooperation amongst the United Nations and the United States of America.”
The evening’s event also marked the 20th anniversary of Ted Turner's announcement of a historic $1 billion gift to UN causes, which he made at the Global Leadership Dinner in 1997. In recognition of this gift, Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation said, “Ted could have put that $1 billion anywhere; instead he decided to put it to work through the United Nations to serve the world.”
The honorees recognized at the event included:
Mars, Incorporated for the company’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, through their Sustainable in a Generation Plan, which aims to protect the planet.
Ellie Goulding, Singer, Songwriter, and Record Producer for her commitment to climate action by championing efforts such as Earth Hour through the #MakeClimateMatter campaign and engaging children on climate change through Sesame Street.
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in recognition of its inspiring and life-saving work over the past 20 years to mitigate the threats from mines and explosive remnants of war.
Senator Bob Corker the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his leadership on an issue of critical importance to the United States and the UN: ending modern day slavery.
His Highness the Aga Khan for his leadership in global health, education, and the refugee crisis through the Aga Khan Development Network, as well his extensive work with the UN.
The Global Leadership Dinner is a unique event that brings together representatives from the diplomatic, business, government, philanthropic, media, entertainment, and social sectors. In addition to recognizing the work of the honorees in support of the UN, the event raises funds for the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a UN Foundation campaign that works to inform, educate, and inspire Americans to support the UN.
“I am delighted to receive the New Voices award tonight,” said Ellie Goulding. “Thank you to the UN Foundation for this huge honour. I’m also excited that I will soon join the UN family as a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment. These opportunities will allow me to use my platform and reach to amplify the efforts of those working so hard and decisively to shape a positive future on our beautiful planet.”
Daniel Craig was also in attendance.