UNF/UNA Global Leadership Dinner

UNF_02 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner, and Kofi Annan at the 2014 Global Leadership Awards Dinner.

In recognition of the role individuals, organizations and corporations play in supporting the work of the United Nations to advance global peace and prosperity, UNA-USA and the United Nations Foundation honor recipients of the Global Leadership Awards at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York City.


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.

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.


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2016 Global Leadership Dinner

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Gotham Hall – 1356 Broadway, New York, NY
Cocktail Reception 6:30 pm
Dinner and Awards Presentation 7:00 pm


This year, we are especially privileged to honor President Barack Obama with the Champion for Global Change Award. We will also recognize:

  • Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme
  • Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Sony Pictures for the Angry Birds Happy Planet Campaign

Learn more at unfoundation.org


Barack Obama receives the 2016 Champion For Global Change award:



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2015 honoree's include:


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 
Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani 

The Ebola Solidarity Trust Board at Africa Against Ebola 
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran 

United Nations Free & Equal Campaign 


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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. Read More >>

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