Global Leadership Dinner

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City


leadership-dinner-2013-500From left to right, Ted Turner, United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman, Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, Timothy E. Wirth, Vice Chairman, and Jane Fonda, actress and philanthropist, at the 2013 Global Leadership Awards Dinner at Gotham Hall in New York City. (Insider Images/Stuart Ramson for UN Foundation) View more photos. The Global Leadership Dinner is the preeminent gathering of world leaders to recognize the achievements of those who work with the United Nations to solve the world’s most pressing global issues.


Recognized as one of New York’s top events, the Global Leadership Dinner is distinguished by A-list attendance representing the highest levels of the diplomatic, business, government, philanthropic, media, entertainment and social sectors. In addition to honoring the 2014 global leaders, the dinner features special guests Ted Turner, Chairman and Founder of the United Nations Foundation, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Global Leadership Dinner is central to calling the world’s attention to the work of the UN and supporting a peaceful, prosperous and just future. Proceeds benefit UNA-USA and its work to inform, educate, and inspire Americans in support of the UN.


Last year, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA celebrated the important work of the UN, the U.S.'s key support of the UN and the inspirational leaders who are working to advance peace, prosperity, and justice here in the United States and throughout the world at our annual Global Leadership Dinner on November 6, 2013 at Gotham Hall in New York.

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This year's honoree's include:


  • paul-polmanPaul Polman, CEO of Unilever, with the UN Foundation's highest honor, The Champion for Global Change Award, for his life-long personal commitment to sustainable development and his professional leadership in galvanizing the global community around the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • merckMerck & Co., in recognition of their industry leadership and corporate commitment to global health and development

  • valarie-amosValerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations, for her diplomatic command of cross-sector global relief efforts in response to monumental humanitarian crises
  • kirbyJustice Michael Kirby, Chair of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on North Korea, with the Leo Nevas Human Rights Award

  • murphy-100ak-100Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for their commitment to a strong American relationship with the United Nations

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Check out highlights from the 2013 Global Leadership Dinner, including video and photos.

Check out highlights from the 2012 Global Leadership Dinner, including video and photos.

Check out highlights from the 2011 Global Leadership Dinner, including video and photos.

Global Leadership Awards History

For 55 years, UNA-USA's Global Leadership Dinner has brought together policymakers, diplomats, UN supporters, business leaders, and celebrities to call attention to the vital role the UN plays in helping the global community advance peace, prosperity and justice and to honor individuals and corporations for their global leadership in advancing UN causes. Read More >>

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