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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. In 2008, UNA-USA's 50th Annual Global Leadership Awards Dinner commemorated the half-way mark toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN's Millennium Summit in 2000. The MDGs represent the highest aspirations of humankind for a more peaceful, just, and prosperous world. In 1998, Ted Turner received UNA-USA's inaugural Champion for Global Change Award in recognition of his longstanding commitment to UNA-USA and the UN. During his acceptance speech, he announced his historic $1 billion pledge, resulting in the founding of the United Nations Foundation.

UNA-USA helps the UN help the world by participating in and furthering the UN's efforts around the world and by highlighting the dedicated efforts of other global citizens through its events and programming. Please join us as we recognize outstanding global leaders of today and help to educate the next generation of global citizens and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

Past UNA-USA Honorees, 1998-2012, include:

2012
Johnson & Johnson
, a global leader in human health care
Paulo SĂ©rgio Pinheiro
, Chair, International Commission of Inquiry for Syria
Marlow Svatek
, Leo Nevas Human Rights Young Advocate
Variety
, the entertainment industry's preeminent news organization
John C. Whitehead
, former chairman, United Nations Association of the United States
Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella
, Director- General for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
, Nobel Peace Prize recipient

2011
His Excellency Jens Stoltenberg
, Prime Minister of Norway
Asma Jahangir, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil
Susana Malcorra, Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support, United Nations
Linkin Park, Grammy Award-Winning Rock Band

2010
The Honorable John F. Kerry, United States Senator
Simon Fuller, Creator and Producer, American Idol
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS

2009
Sheryl WuDunn
, Pulitzer Prize winning author
John C. Whitehead

2008
(RED) ™
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter

2007
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah
Susan Arnold
Procter & Gamble

2006
President William J. Clinton
Dean Kamen

2005
Leonore Annenberg
Angelina Jolie

2004
Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney
Oprah Winfrey

2003
Henry A. McKinnell, Jr., PhD,
Pfizer Inc.
Alex Godwin Coutinho, M.D., M.P.H.
Sergio Vierra De Mello Presented Posthumously

2002
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Muhammad Ali, UN Messenger of Peace
Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates

2001
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General, World Health Organization

2000
James D. Wolfensohn, President, The World Bank, and The World Bank

1999
Senator John. H Glenn

1998
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the UN
Robert E. Rubin, Secretary of Treasury
 
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