The 2015 South-South Awards to Honor Breakthroughs in Development

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9 September 2015, New York, USA | Afaf Konja - 2015 is widely hailed as the year of global action, and the 2015 South-South Awards — touted as the most prestigious annual global development awards event — is set to honor the United Nations General Assembly at its 70th Anniversary as the international body spearheading development progress toward a better and safer world for people and planet.

Webcast live for a global audience, the Awards will recognize breakthrough achievements in the areas of poverty reduction, humanitarian impact and educational advancement. Honors are bestowed on countries, individuals and organizations that embody transformative sustainable development worldwide. It is also a celebration of multilateral partnerships focused on uplifting the world's most vulnerable populations.

"Our aim is to highlight the role that the U.N. has had over the last 70 years, not only in the area of preserving peace and security but also in promoting global development," said Alexandru Cujba, the Executive Chairman of the 2015 South-South Awards. "We also want to emphasize the achievements of developing countries, big and small, in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and moving toward a new Post-2015 Development Agenda.

"We want these lessons to be shared as widely as possible and be transferred to other countries," Cujba added.

The 2015 South-South Awards will also galvanize support for the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the new and universal development agenda built to include the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, which will be formally instated at this September's United Nations Summit.

"South-South Cooperation is vital to realizing global aspirations for sustainable development. It is important to recognize the great progress we have seen to date while at the same time to energize the global community to achieve much more," Mogens Lykketoft, the incoming UN General Assembly President of the 70th Session, said, adding that he is "committed to focus the work of the General Assembly in its 70th year on a new commitment to action."

The participation of the President of the UN General Assembly during this landmark year is a significant addition to the Awards as it celebrates the impactful strides made in fulfilling the MDGs, while placing the spotlight on the need for rededicated commitment to implementing the SDGs and a new global climate change agreement.

The South-South Awards is co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union, the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development, and the International Organization for the South-South Cooperation.

Be sure to visit for more information on the event, and to see the live webcast the night of the ceremony.

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