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2015 South-South Awards Celebrate Sustainable Development
This exclusive, invitation-only event will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York

NEW YORK (USA) - The upcoming 2015 South-South Awards event will be held in support of the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

This exclusive, invitation-only event will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, and will feature a wide range of guests from both the public and private sectors. The 2015 South-South Awards, the world’s foremost global development event, will feature some of the most celebrated Hollywood actors, including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Forest Whitaker, who will be lending their voices to honor the achievements of the global South and celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and its adoption of the new universal development framework known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

This exclusive, invitation-only event will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, and will feature a wide range of guests from both the public and private sectors. Heads of State and Government, ministers, and ambassadors to the United Nations will meet with renowned celebrities, musicians, and executives from global corporations. Seeking to harness the energy and commitment of all relevant stakeholders, the 2015 South-South Awards will feature unprecedented coverage by a wide range of media platforms.

As 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals and the beginning of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this Awards event will recognize a pivotal moment in the global development community while also commemorating 70 years of progress made by the United Nations.The honorees of the South-South Awards are chosen exclusively by the Awards Committee based on a series of factors including relevance to the year's theme, availability of data, and the individual's or organization's standing in the global development community. The Committee is composed of representatives from the organizing entities, including Member States, the UN agencies supporting the year's theme, and other supporting organizations. UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon at the 2012 South-South Awards discussing the importance of highliting South-South Cooperation.

Awards evaluation is based on publicly-available data from reputable international sources, such as the United Nations, major civil society organizations, or official country reports. As in previous years, the celebration will begin with a walk down the red carpet, where guests will have the opportunity to interact with international media. The red carpet will be followed by a cocktail hour and reception, while being entertained by by world-class musical artists and performers. The 2015 South-South Awards will continue the annual tradition of honoring governments, organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing sustainable development worldwide. Let us celebrate as we define the post-2015 development landscape in the many years to come.

Previous South-South Awards ceremonies honored Heads of State and Government, and other senior government officials, as well as private sector CEOs, heads of major international organizations, and cultural icons. Most recently, in 2013 the Honorees included state leaders from Costa Rica, Bangladesh, Fiji, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Dominican Republic. Humanitarian Achievement Awards and Recognitions were given to former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his spouse, Graca Machel. In 2014, the South-South Awards recognized the significant contributions of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi; the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon; the President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe. A special recognition was given to the Chairman of the SS-SCSD Asia-Pacific Committee, Cai E’Sheng.

A Chinese medical team which helped fight Ebola epidemic in Guinea was honored with the the South-South Awards Saturday night for its distinguished humanitarian efforts. The 23rd Chinese medical team, with 19 members from Beijing Anzhen Hospital, had been dedicated to fighting together with African people the deadly epidemic since it broke out early 2014. The UN General Assembly was given the award for spearheading development frameworks towards a better and safer world for people and planet while the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) was recognized for its 70 years of achievements in agricultural and food security. Now in its fifth year, the South-South Awards honors distinguished countries, individuals and organizations that embody transformative sustainable development worldwide, particularly in the areas of poverty reduction, education advancement and humanitarian impact. It is a celebration of multilateral partnership concerned with uplifting the world's most vulnerable population. For his part, the president of the 70th session of the General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft said at the ceremony that "South-South Cooperation is vital to realizing global aspirations for sustainable development." (Xinhua News Agency)

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