Global Leadership Awards Dinner to Recognize Leaders Working Alongside the UN to Advance Human Rights & Global Health

United Nations Foundation and UNA-USA Honor Leadership on Most Pressing Global Issues

October 27, 2015, NEW YORK, NY The United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) will host the 2015 Global Leadership Dinner Tuesday, November 3, 2015, in New York to recognize the achievement of leaders from multiple sectors who have helped tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. The gathering represents a moment to honor and thank those from all walks of life who help the United Nations do its vital work in achieving short-term humanitarian goals and long-term development goals.

The 2015 Global Leadership Dinner honorees include:

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon for his enduring commitment to empowering women and girls; galvanizing global action on climate change; giving a voice to the world’s most vulnerable, including a pioneering stance on LGBTQ rights; and the completion of a framework for global collaboration to eradicate extreme poverty.

Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chobani LLC, for his humanitarian commitment to refugees around the world and devotion to advancing the UN’s work to respond to the urgent needs of families escaping violence, as well as long-term recovery and economic stabilization efforts.

Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust for its collective role in battling the Ebola crisis, helping to equip, train, and deploy African health workers to fight the Ebola epidemic, and saving countless lives across the continent.

The Free & Equal Campaign for its unprecedented global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, engaging millions to promote the fair treatment of LGBT people and generate support for measures to protect their rights.

Ahmed Shaheed for his outstanding leadership as Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, shining a light on soaring numbers of executions, the jailing of journalists and activists, and worsening discrimination against women and minorities.

“Our esteemed honorees have each contributed in significant and very different ways to the success of the United Nations’ goals for helping people around the world live healthier, more productive lives,” said Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the UN Foundation. “Their leadership goes even further by inspiring other individuals, companies, and organizations to get involved in helping to solve the world’s most pressing global issues.”

In addition to drawing attention to the work of the UN and supporters who are helping the UN build a better and more prosperous future, the Global Leadership Dinner raises funds to benefit UNA-USA and its work to inform, educate, and inspire Americans in support of the UN.

About the United Nations Association of the United States of America

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations. The United Nations Foundation is honored to work with the United Nations to foster a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. Learn more about its mission, its relationship with the UN, as well as the campaigns and initiatives it has developed and sponsored to connect with the UN’s work.
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