2012 Global Leadership Dinner
Recognizing the United Nations’ vital role advancing peace, justice and prosperity, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) honored recipients of the 2012 Global Leadership Awards at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York City. The event marked the 15th anniversary of UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner’s $1 billion gift to support the UN, which led to the creation of the UN Foundation. The event also celebrated the 70th year of UNA-USA.

The honorees recognized during the dinner were:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, recipient of the Champion for Global Change Award for his strong leadership as an advocate for human rights and global health, as well as for his campaigning against poverty, racism and sexism.

John C. Whitehead, Former Chairman of UNA-USA, recognized for his dedicated service to UN and UNA-USA causes.

Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), recognized for his work on advancing sustainable energy for all, poverty reduction, the Millennium Development Goals and efforts to reduce the impact of climate change.

Variety, the entertainment industry’s preeminent news organization, recognized for its leadership in answering the UN Secretary-General’s call to activate the creative community in solving global problems.

Johnson & Johnson, a global leader in healthcare, recognized for its steadfast commitment to global health and the UN.

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chairman of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, received the Leo Nevas Human Rights Award for his more than 30 years of work in support of human rights, both at the UN and Inter-American systems.
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