Variety will be feted for its work in responding to U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s call for the creative community to raise awareness and help solve global problems.
Other 2012 honorees are Archbishop Desmond Tutu, for his leadership on human rights and global
health issues; Kandeh K. Yumkella, director-general for the U.N. Industrial Development Organization, for his work in promoting sustainable energy; and Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, special rapporteur on Syria and a leading U.N. independent human rights expert.
Kudos will be presented by U.N. Foundation founder and chairman Ted Turner, U.N. Foundation prexy Timothy E. Wirth and United Nations Assn.-USA exec director Patrick Madden at the Global Leadership Awards dinner, set for Oct. 16 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event benefits United Nations Assn.-USA’s youth and education programs.
“This year’s honorees demonstrate that individuals and organizations from all corners of the globe can elevate the U.N.’s work and help the world,” Madden said.
“Variety’s commitment to global issues shows just how much we can accomplish when we work together with the United Nations to solve big problems,” said United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin.
“They are not only a leader in their industry but are leading by example by inviting everyone to embrace their role in helping to save lives.”
The recognition from the U.N. orgs comes after Variety heightened its philanthropic activities with its Power Of series of fundraising events, which have generated more than $4 million in charitable contributions since 2007. Additional charitable endeavors have been supported through the Variety Foundation, established in December 2010.
“The entire Variety organization is so proud that our commitment to the United Nations and the United Nations Foundation is being recognized in this way,” said Variety publisher Brian Gott. “Our business’s support of global issues starts with our people. It’s the individuals here at Variety who collectively have given their time and energy to these causes that truly have earned this recognition.”