2011 Global Leadership Dinner

UN Foundation and UNA-USA Salute 21st Century UN Advocates

For 53 years, the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) annual awards dinner has brought together policymakers, diplomats, UN supporters, business leaders, and celebrities. The event calls attention to the vital role the UN plays in helping the global community advance peace, prosperity and justice, as well as recognizes individuals and corporations for their outstanding leadership in advancing UN causes—from global health and economic development, to education and environmental sustainability. In 1998, Ted Turner was honored and, during his acceptance speech, announced his historic $1 billion pledge to the UN, resulting in the United Nations Foundation; UNA-USA is a program of the UN Foundation. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation have teamed up to host the dinner for the past two years.

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  • Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg with the Champion of Global Change Award for his strong personal leadership in world affairs and international causes, as well as to pay tribute to Norway for its exemplary support of the United Nation
  • Susana Malcorra, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support, for her dedication to the United Nations and its work around the world.
  • Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil for their commitment to health and ending malaria deaths by 2015.
  • Linkin Park, a rock group, for using their voice to highlight the importance of the United Nations in responding to disasters and climate change around the world and for mobilizing their fans to help those in need.
  • Asma Jahangir, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, with the Leo Nevas Human Rights Award, for her work in promoting human rights.

Honored Guest

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General

Master of Ceremonies

Rick Reilly
ESPN Sports Personality
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