On December 6th 2019, the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) held the 24th UNCA Awards and Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists ceremony in New York. The awards were established for journalists who demonstrate extraordinary integrity and audacity in conducting print, broadcast and online media coverage for the United Nations (UN), UN agencies and its field operations.
Global CSR Foundation (GCSRF) was invited to attend the Award Ceremony as a VIP nonprofit organization representative. Global CSR Foundation CEO Jing Zhao Cesarone congratulated the UNCA Global Citizen of the Year Award recipient, Ashley Judd, and UNCA President Valeria Robecco during the Gala.
Secretary-General António Guterres presented the 2019 UNCA Global Citizen of the Year award to Ashley Judd, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador and renowned actress. During the after-party, GCSRF CEO Jing Zhao Cesarone congratulated Ashley Judd for her great achievements in promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls. Cesarone also invited Ashley Judd to be interviewed for the book 100 Peaceful Solutions for Women’s Advancement across Cultures.
The 2019 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for written media Gold Medal went to David Wainer of Bloomberg News. David was recognized for bringing attention to the failures of the Trump administration to fund the United Nations and its peacekeeping missions – creating a widening void that is quickly being filled by China.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of climate change Gold Medal went to A.Z.M Anas of the Financial Express. Abu wrote a series of eye-opening articles on the grave environmental challenges facing Bangladesh, which sits on a massive river delta and is particularly vulnerable to climate change.
Mohamed Abo-Elgheit of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism was awarded the Gold Medal Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast media. Mohamed’s film, “Yemen and The Global Arms Trade” has made a huge impact since it releases, having now been translated from Arabic into English, German and Spanish. His film documents the source of the millions of weapons used by warring parties in Yemen since the conflict began in 2015.
Secretary-General António Guterres and President of the 74th General Assembly, TIijjani Muhammad-Bande, delivered powerful speeches displaying their respect for the correspondents, reporters, and writers who provide vital coverage to global issues and UN initiatives.
Global CSR Foundation CEO, Jing Zhao Cesarone said, “Global CSR Foundation is honored to be invited by UNCA to attend the 24th UNCA Awards. I began my career as a correspondent, and through my years working at China Daily and Xinhua News Agency, I know the importance of journalists and understand how their work makes a real impact on global issues and sustainable development. ”