The United Nations Association of New York
cordially invites you to attend in the honorable presence of
His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations
The 2011 UN Day
Humanitarian of the Year Awards
and Inaugural Award for Social Entrepreneur &
Philanthropist of the Year
Celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the United Nations
“Changing the World:
Partnerships for Maternal and Child Health”
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Union Club
101 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner Program at 7:30 p.m.
Black Tie or National Dress
K E Y N O T E S P E A K E R
Dr. Julio Frenk
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health
Former Minister of Health of Mexico
H O N O R E E S
Johnson & Johnson
Sheri S. McCoy
Vice Chair, Johnson & Johnson
Honored for their long-standing philanthropic commitment
and outstanding corporate social responsibility to
the health and well-being of women and children through their
new initiative "Every Mother, Every Child"
Christy Turlington Burns
Every Mother Counts
Honored for her extraordinary vision, commitment and
dedicated service to the Millennium Development Goals through
her advocacy campaign to increase education and support
for maternal and child health worldwide
Winston Global Energy
For championing clean and sustainable energy,
innovative social entrepreneurship and commitment to
Read about and see photos from
The 2011 Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Dr. Julio Frenk
Dr. Julio Frenk became Dean of the Faculty and T&G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development at the Harvard School of Public Health in January 2009.
Dr. Frenk is an eminent authority on global health who served as the Minister of Health of Mexico (2000-06). He pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation's health system, with an emphasis on redressing social inequality. He is perhaps best known for his work in introducing a program of comprehensive national health insurance, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for tens of millions of previously uninsured Mexicans.
Dr. Frenk was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of health education and research in the developing world. In 1998, Dr. Frenk joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy, WHO's first-ever unit explicitly charged with developing a scientific foundation for health policy to achieve better outcomes.
Most recently, he served as a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. He is chair of the board of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
Dr. Frenk holds a medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as well as three advanced degrees from the University of Michigan: master of public health, master of arts in sociology, and a Ph.D. in medical organization and sociology.
In addition to his scholarly works, which include articles in academic journals as well as many books and book chapters, he has written two best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body.
In September of 2008, Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing "the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health."
Sheri S. McCoy
Sheri S. McCoy is Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, and member of the Office of the Chairman, Johnson & Johnson, with responsibility for the Pharmaceutical and Consumer business segments. She assumed this role in January 2011.
Previously, she was worldwide chairman, Pharmaceuticals, a position she assumed in January 2009. Her appointment followed a diverse career in the Corporation's Consumer and Medical Devices businesses.
Sheri began her Johnson & Johnson career in 1982 as a scientist in the research and development organization supporting the Consumer women's health business. Advancing through positions of increasing responsibility, she served as head of the consumer R&D organization and later as global president of the Baby and Wound care consumer franchises. In 2005, she became Company Group Chairman for the Ethicon device franchise and a member of the Medical Device & Diagnostics Group Operating Committee, and assumed responsibility for the Group's businesses in Latin America. Three years later, she was named Chairman of the Surgical Care Group, and became a member of the Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee.
In her most recent position as worldwide chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Group, Sheri led the organization through a period of significant product launches, acquisitions and partnerships, and pipeline advances, while managing through significant loss of patent exclusivity. She is a passionate advocate for diversity of thought, leadership development, employee engagement and customer focus.
Sheri represents the Corporation on the board of PhRMA, the industry trade association, and is a member of the board of the National Quality Forum and of the Institutes of Medicine's Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Healthcare. She serves as a board member of FIRST, a non-profit organization created to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology; a member of the Rutgers University President's Business Leaders Cabinet, and as a board member of Stonehill College.
Sheri holds four U.S. patents. She has a B.S. degree in textile chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, a master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Christy Turlington Burns
With more than twenty-five years at the forefront of the fashion industry, having graced every magazine cover from Vogue to Time, Christy Turlington Burns has established a diverse career as a model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate and now filmmaker. Philanthropy and service have long been a part of Christy's personal and professional mission to make a lasting impact on the world. As the daughter of a Central American mother, she felt compelled to support efforts to rebuild post-war El Salvador in the early 1990's. After losing her father to lung cancer in 1997, Christy's activism shifted to preventative healthcare, more specifically smoking prevention and cessation. Christy collaborated on several public health service campaigns and in 2002 launched an award-winning website, smokingisugly.com.
Christy founded two successful lifestyle brands: sundări, an Ayurvedic skincare line and nuala, a yoga-inspired apparel and accessories line. During that time, Christy also merged her love of yoga and writing to author her first book, Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice (Hyperion 2002). Christy has contributed writings to Marie Claire Magazine, Yoga Journal and Teen Vogue along with contributions to the Huffington Post, Canada's Globe and Mail and the UK's Evening Standard. She has also contributed to NBC's Today Show as a guest correspondent, which included reporting on the status of girls' education in Afghanistan in early 2002 and an interview with H.H. The Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, India.
In 2005, she began working with the international humanitarian organization CARE and has since become their Advocate for Maternal Health. She has also been an Ambassador for (RED) since their launch in 2006. Her work on behalf of CARE and (RED) inspired her to pursue a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University's Mailman School where she is currently a student.
In 2008, Christy began working on a documentary film profiling the status of maternal health worldwide. In her gripping directorial debut, Christy shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States. NO WOMAN, NO CRY made its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and the US television broadcast premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) this past Mother's Day 2011. Concurrent with the debut of her documentary, Christy launched Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health. Every Mother Counts seeks to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide. The keystone of the campaign, Every Mother Counts is an interactive platform providing the tools to raise awareness, education and action.
Christy lives in New York City with her husband, filmmaker Edward Burns, and their two children.
Changing the world by championing environmental sustainability has been Winston Chung's personal mission as an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist for over 30 years. Born in Guangdong, China, Hing Ka "Winston" Chung dreamed of making the world a better place. His love of the environment coupled with his keen scientific mind led him to develop next-generation rare earth lithium-ion batteries.
Winston's commercial activities and philanthropic support for green energy and leading-edge battery technology have made him a global thought leader in the sustainable transportation sector. And his contributions to educational institutions, most recently his donation of $10 Million, (the largest single gift in its history), to the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, will result in generations of researchers sharing environmental knowledge around sustainable energy solutions. His gift endows two named professorships in energy and sustainability as well as establishing the Winston Chung Global Energy Center, which will initially focus on testing and researching of his patented batteries, bio-inspired technology and developing clean energy and energy storage.
Winston's contributions to clean and efficient energy storage and his decision to contribute his proprietary invention to academic research are testaments to his philanthropic commitment to education. His business enterprises focused on research and development and production of renewable energy technologies, span two continents for over a decade. In 1996 he built an experimental and research foundation to promote the life source lithium-ion battery electric car. In 1998 he started building an Industrial Park including battery manufacturing plants, production facilities, and assembly plants. In 2010, he began investing in American companies to further showcase lithium-ion batteries for wide-ranging sustainable transportation applications, from electric zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles and recreational vehicles to yachts and other marine vessels. He joined Chinese President, Hu Jintao, in the US in 2011 as part of a delegation exploring China-US partnerships. Also in 2011, the State Council and Shenzhen government approved the "New Energy Winston Base," as one of Shenzhen's essential projects.
A global citizen committed to curbing the effects of climate change, Winston built Russia's first lithium battery plant along with Rusnano, a Russian technology company. As founder of Winston Global Energy and Winston Manufacturing Battery, he is committed to supporting the work of the United Nations and helping achieve Millennium Development Goals, particularly the seventh concerning environmental sustainability.