5 December 2016, 6:30PM
450 Park Avenue

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UNDP joined with celebrity advocates and global partners

for a special evening with musical performances by BOB WEIR

and a benefit auction to celebrate 50 years of

fighting inequality and poverty.

Famous artists, singers, actors and distinguished honorees changing the world, converged to declare that together, we can reach the 17 Global Goals and end poverty within this generation. UNDP was pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural People & Planet Awards. This year's distinguished group of honorees included companies and individuals who helped create a world where people prosper, societies are more inclusive, and the planet is protected form the worst effects of climate change. 


People & Planet Resilience Award - Deutsche Post DHL Group

People & Planet Sustainability Award - Baidu

People & Planet Technology Impact Award - Tribal Planet, Inc


Together, with your support, we declared that we can reach the Global Goals and end poverty within our generation.


For more photos, please check UNDP album.


Special thanks to UNDP generous gala sponsors:

host committee

UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Connie Britton (left), Michelle Yeoh (middle) and H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway serve on UNDP’s Inaugural 50th Anniversary Host Committee. Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court.

UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Connie Britton (left), Michelle Yeoh (middle) and H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway serve on UNDP’s Inaugural 50th Anniversary Host Committee. Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court.

Take a stand, show your support for a sustainable future, join UNDP’s Inaugural 50th Anniversary Host Committee, a group of individuals, celebrities, and company leaders who are taking the lead to support and publicize UNDP’s Gala. Celebrities help by generating publicity and lending their name to the event and invitation, while other individual and company “hosts” commit to buying a table or ticket early, and help to publicize and recruit others - individuals and companies in their networks -  to support the Gala. Host Committee members will receive special recognition and exclusive access to UN events, briefings, and a personalized tour of the UN with UNDP leadership this fall.  

To date – the following people have enthusiastically committed to serving on UNDP’s Benefit Host Committee:

To join the host committee, email Ayesha Marra at ayesha.marra@undp.org

Global Goals


Click on each goal to learn more.

In September of that year the world reached a consensus on a new agenda to combat poverty and inequality including seventeen goals: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This set of goals lays out the roadmap to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle the effects of climate change by 2030 - it will be challenging, but we believe it is possible. 

This year presents an opportunity to bring the countries and citizens of the world together, harnessing our shared commitment to the SDGs, and embark on a new path to improve the lives of people everywhere.

As voices around the world demand leadership and action on poverty, inequality and climate, UNDP’s mission has never been more central and vital. 

UNDP is the lead UN agency responsible for partnering with governments, businesses, and individuals around the globe to fight poverty and implement the SDGs. With our expertise, the strong networks we have with government, civil society and NGOs, and our ability to connect partners, UNDP plays a vital role in the the implementation and roll-out of the Sustainable Development Goals worldwide.

We are bringing our extensive programming experience to bear in supporting countries to develop their national SDG efforts, and creating an international effort to foster new partnerships and fund opportunities to support the SDGs implementation.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, works in nearly 170 countries to eliminate poverty and has helped improve the lives of billions of people.  We partner with governments, communities, businesses, and individuals to create a world where all people prosper and the planet is protected from harm. UNDP has teamed up with nations across the globe to help them achieve the 17 new Global Goals to end poverty, reduce inequality, and tackle the effects of climate change by 2030.

In 2015 alone, we:

  • helped 1.4 million people acquire new skills and financing options, so they can get better jobs and generate income including those affected by disaster;

  • supported an election every two weeks - somewhere in the world;

  • helped 18.6 million people adapt to environmental change and use natural resources responsibly;

  • gave 2.1 million people access to legal aid service, to protect their rights and live with dignity.


For inquiries and more information please contact Ayesha Marra.