The United Nations Day
Humanitarian of the Year Award
Gala Dinner





The United Nations Association of New York Humanitarian Awards Dinner has become a major and exclusive national venue where leading individuals and organizations are recognized for their prominent contributions to and support of the ideals and work of the United Nations.

It also commemorates United Nations Day every year and provides our major fundraising opportunity within the UN host city of New York. This well-attended event has consistently brought together policymakers, diplomats, United Nations 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.

The United Nations Association of New York is a non-profit organization supporting hundreds of programs over the years. The dinner is our main fundraising opportunity of the year, and therefore we appreciate immensely any referrals or possible direct sponsorships, enabled through the purchase of table reservations or individual tickets.

The mandate of UNA-NY is to present the issues and work of the UN to the American people. Our influence in New York is extended through regular programs and presentations and we rely on the support of donor organizations to be able to fulfill our mission.

In his humanitarian role as Secretary-General of the UN, Antonio Guterres summons all of us to play a vital role in promoting our most important values and objectives, and by bringing the work of the UN closer to all the people it serves worldwide. Thus our highly distinguished guests celebrate their commitment to that mission, as partners together, in meeting today's tests and realizing new opportunities in our era of dramatic change.

We proudly present below a select list of some of our past Humanitarian Award honorees, as well as many generous sponsors and supporters of the Gala Dinner.

Read about and see photos from The 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner



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Joseph R. Biden
47th Vice President of the United States

Youngsuk Chi
Chairman, Elsevier
Director of Corporate Affairs, RELX Group

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Jean Todt
President and CEO
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)
UN Special Envoy for Road Safety

Michelle Yeoh
Actor, Producer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

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Marco Bizzarri
President and CEO, Gucci

Anthony Lake
Executive Director, UNICEF

Madame Ban Soon-taek
UN Women for Peace Association
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Stefan Persson and the Persson Family
Chairman, H&M

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Executive Director, UN Women
UN Under Secretary-General

Lord Raj Loomba, CBE
Founder and Chairman, The Loomba Foundation
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dr. Norbert Reithofer
Chairman and CEO, BMW Group

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His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser
President of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Former Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN

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Johnson & Johnson
Sheri S. McCoy, Vice Chair

Christy Turlington Burns
Founder, Every Mother Counts

Winston Chung
2011 Inaugural Award for Social Entrepreneur & Philanthropist of the Year

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Royal DSM
Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer

Amir Dossal
Executive Director, United Nations Office for Partnerships

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Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo
Albert Carey, CEO and President

Lord Foster of Thames Bank OM
Founder and Chairman, Foster + Partners

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Toray Industries, Inc.
Sadayuki Sakakibara, President and CEO

His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations

His Excellency Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
The President of the Republic of Iceland

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Antony Burgmans, former Chairman

Guy Laliberté
Founder, Cirque du Soleil, One Drop Foundation

Rotary International
Wilfred J. Wilkinson, President

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General Electric Foundation
Robert L. Corcoran, President

Ann M. Veneman
Executive Director, UNICEF

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The Links Incorporated
Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn, national president

Liya Kebede
World Health Organization, Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

International Federation of Health Plans
Tom Sackville, Chief Executive

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Mary Robinson
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland

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Gillian Sorensen
Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation

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Shashi Tharoor
United Nations Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

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Harry Belafonte
Actor and Activist

Brian Urquhart
United Nations Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping

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Giandomenico Picco
United Nations Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs

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Sergio Vieira de Mello
United Nations Under Secretary-General for
Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

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Olara A. Otunnu
United Nations Under Secretary-General and
Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict

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H. E. Mr. Kofi and Mrs. Nane Annan
Secretary-General of the United Nations and Mrs. Nane Annan

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Carol Bellamy
Executive Director, UNICEF