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UNA-USA and UN Foundation Global Leadership Dinner

19 October, 2016

This guest post was written by Vera Dimoplon. Vera is a graduate student at the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Her specializations are in International Organizations, Global Negotiations and Conflict Management. Vera’s interests are the operation of international institutions in multilateral community and negotiations among multinational actors.



Gotham Hall, New York City, NY

To recognize outstanding work in multiple sectors, UNA-USA in partnership with the UN Foundation held the annual Global Leadership Dinner.

2016 Global Leadership Award Recipients:

U.S. President Barack Obama received the Champion for Global Change Award for his strong global leadership, fight for peace and climate change. U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power accepted Mr. Obama’s Award on his behalf. In her speech, Ambassador Power highlighted Mr. Obama’s accomplishments in achieving global peace, sustainability and equality. She commented on the upcoming change in the U.S. Administration and the one of the United Nations. Ambassador Power spoke highly of the new Secretary-General elect, Antonio Guterrez, and his ability to lead the United Nations in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and attending to the global needs. Ambassador Power discussed gender inequality and called international society to continue making efforts in trying to close the gap of gender imbalance.



Ambassador Samantha Power accepting the Champion for Global Change Award on behalf of Mr. Obama

Maina Kiai received the Leo Nevas Human Right Award. Mr. Kiai is a United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association. This award was given to him for his leadership within the global community in empowering people to fight for human rights and speak up about abuse.



Maina Kiai receiving Leo Nevas Human Rights Award

Walgreens Boots Alliance received the Global Leadership Award for their contributions in the field of global health and providing vaccinations to more than 15 million children across the world. Their “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” campaign was made possible through partnership with the UN Foundation.



Ornella Barra accepting the Global Leadership Award on behalf of Walgreens

Rovio Entertainment and SONY Pictures’ Angry Birds Happy Planet” Campaign received the Global Leadership Award for promoting Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 among younger generation. “Angry Birds Happy Planet” initiative facilitated growing awareness of both green lifestyles and climate action.



U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations, Nicol Perez, and Angry Bird Red giving the Global Leadership Award

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), received the Global Leadership Award for promoting Zero Hunger Goal through her leadership at the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is the United Nations humanitarian agency that fights hunger across the globe. Ertharin Cousin brings innovative solutions to WFP in terms of preventing and fighting hunger, fighting malnutrition, as well as ensuring food security.



Linda Douglass, Global Head of Communications, Bloomberg Media interviewing Ertharin Cousin before she hands her the Global Leadership Award

A group of faculty and students from Seton Hall University,  School of Diplomacy and International Relations attended this event in support of the UNA-USA, the UN Foundation and Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.


Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations faculty and students

-Vera Dimoplon

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