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Gro Harlem Brundtland

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Gro Harlem Brundtland

Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norwegian pronunciation: ; born Gro Harlem, 20 April 1939) is a Norwegian politician, who served three terms as Prime Minister of Norway (1981, 1986–89, and 1990–96) and as Director-General of the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2003. She is also known for having chaired the Brundtland Commission which presented the Brundtland Report on sustainable development. Educated as a physician, Brundtland joined the Labour Party and entered the government in 1974 as Minister of the Environment. She became the first female Prime Minister of Norway on 4 February 1981, but left office on 14 October 1981; she returned as Prime Minister on 9 May 1986 and served until 16 October 1989. She finally returned for her third term on 3 November 1990. From 1981 to 1992 she was leader of the Labour Party. After her surprise resignation as Prime Minister in 1996, she became an international leader in sustainable development and public health, and served as Director-General of the World Health Organizati

20th-century Norwegian women politicians

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Kofi Annan

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Kofi Annan

Kofi Atta Annan ([1] 8 April 1938 – 18 August 2018) was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.[2] He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.[3] Annan studied economics at Macalester College, international relations at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and management at MIT. Annan joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organization's Geneva office. He went on to work in several capacities at the UN Headquarters including serving as the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping between March 1992 and December 1996. He was appointed the Secretary-General on 13 December 1996 by the Security Council, and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself. He was re-elected for a se

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Recipients of the Silver Medal of Jan Masaryk

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Confucius Peace Prize recipients

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Kathy Calvin

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Kathy Calvin

Kathryn Bushkin Calvin (born July 16, 1949) served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation from 2013 to 2019. She joined the Foundation in 2003, following a diverse career in politics, journalism, public relations, and business.[1] Kathy is one of The B Team B Leaders.[2] Early life Calvin was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Later she moved to Dayton, Ohio. In high school, she worked as a temp, also at McDonald's and as a babysitter.[3] Professional background A native of Dayton, Ohio, Calvin graduated from Purdue University in 1971 with a degree in speech therapy.[3] She took a job with Kiplinger's Education Service in Washington, D.C., where she also became involved with a political group called the Democratic Forum, through which she met U.S. Senator Gary Hart.[4] Hart hired her as his press secretary in 1976;[5] she worked for him until 1984 and served as press secretary for his first presidential campaign that year. In 1985 Mort Zuckerman subsequently hired her as

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Ted Turner

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Ted Turner

Robert Edward Turner III (born November 19, 1938) is an American media proprietor, producer, and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the Cable News Network (CNN), the first 24-hour cable news channel. In addition, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television, which later became TBS. As a philanthropist, he is known for his $1 billion gift to support the United Nations, which created the United Nations Foundation, a public charity to broaden domestic support for the UN. Turner serves as Chairman of the United Nations Foundation board of directors.[2] Additionally, in 2001, Turner co-founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative with US Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA). NTI is a non-partisan organization dedicated to reducing global reliance on, and preventing the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Turner's media empire began with his father's billboard business, Turner Outdoor Advert

5.5 Metre class sailors

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United States Coast Guard reservists

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Queen Rania of Jordan

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Queen Rania of Jordan

Rania Al-Abdullah (Arabic: رانيا العبد الله‎, Rāniyā al-ʻAbd Allāh; born Rania Al-Yassin on 31 August 1970) is the queen consort of Jordan. Born in Kuwait to a Palestinian family, she later moved to Jordan for work, where she met the then prince Abdullah. Since marrying the now King of Jordan in 1993, she has become known for her advocacy work related to education, health, community empowerment, youth, cross-cultural dialogue and micro-finance. She is also an avid user of social media and she maintains pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. She has two daughters and two sons and has been awarded various decorations by governments. Personal life Early life Rania Al-Yassin was born in Kuwait, to Palestinian parents. She received a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Upon her graduation from the American University, she worked briefly in marketing for Citibank, followed by a job with Apple Inc. in Amman.[1] Marriage and family She met Jordanian Abdullah bin Al

Proponents of Islamic feminism

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors

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N. R. Narayana Murthy

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N. R. Narayana Murthy

Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy (born 20 August 1946) is an Indian billionaire businessman, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Infosys, and has been chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president, and chief mentor, before retiring and taking the title chairman emeritus.[7][8][9] Murthy was born and raised in Shidlaghatta, Karnataka. He graduated from National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Before starting Infosys, Murthy worked with Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad as chief systems programmer, and Patni Computer Systems in Pune (Maharashtra). He started Infosys in 1981 and was its CEO from 1981 to 2002, and chairman from 2002 to 2011. In 2011, he stepped down from the board and became chairman emeritus. In June 2013, Murthy was appointed as executive chairman for a period of five years.[10][11] Murthy has been listed among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of o

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Aaron Sherinian

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Aaron Sherinian

Aaron Sherinian is the Global Communications Director for the Aga Khan Development Network. He was previously Chief Communications and Marketing Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Sherinian led the UN Foundation's public relations efforts, media relationships, strategic outreach, and online presence since 2009. He was involved with the design of the Social Good Summit, #GivingTuesday, Rio+Social, International Day of Happiness,[1] and the Momentum1000 global social media rally. The UN Foundation Public Affairs team won three consecutive honors by PRNews as "Public Affairs Team of the Year" in 2012,[2] 2013,[3] and 2014.[4] Aaron was also named "In-House Professional of the Year" by PRWeek in 2016.[5] Career Before joining the United Nations Foundation, Sherinian was the Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government development assistance agency. He oversaw the agency's strategic communications portfolio, media relationships, public relations agenda an

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Latter Day Saints from California

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United Nations Foundation

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United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation was launched in 1998 with a $1 billion gift from Ted Turner to support the United Nations' causes. The creation of the Foundation was intended to encourage other donors to also support the UN in its activities.[2] The main issue areas that the Foundation addresses are child health, climate change and energy, sustainable development, technology, women, girls, and population, and supporting the United Nations.[3] Some of the biggest global campaigns that the UN Foundation has been involved in include Nothing But Nets, the Measles & Rubella Initiative, the Clean Cooking Alliance, Girl Up, Shot@Life, the Digital Impact Alliance, and the Better World Campaign, among others. United Nations Foundation's original purpose was to build support for United Nations causes and to make sure that the United States honors its commitments to the United Nations. Since its beginning, the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign have provided grants in order to support the UN goa

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History of the United Nations

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Andrew Young

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Andrew Young

Andrew Jackson Young Jr. (born March 12, 1932) is an American politician, diplomat, and activist. Beginning his career as a pastor, Young was an early leader in the civil rights movement, serving as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and a close confidant to Martin Luther King Jr. Young later became active in politics, serving as a U.S. Congressman from Georgia, United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Carter Administration, and 55th Mayor of Atlanta. Since leaving office, Young has founded or served in many organizations working on issues of public policy and political lobbying. Early life Andrew Young was born on March 12, 1932, in New Orleans, to Daisy Young, a schoolteacher, and Andrew Jackson Young Sr., a dentist. Young's father hired a professional boxer to teach Andrew and his brother to defend themselves. In a 1964 interview with author Robert Penn Warren for his book, Who Speaks for the Negro?, Young recalls the tensions of segregation in New Orle

Recipients of the Silver Buffalo Award

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Tim Wirth

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Tim Wirth

Timothy Endicott Wirth (born September 22, 1939) is a former United States Senator from Colorado. Wirth, a Democrat, was a member of the House from 1975–87 and was elected to the Senate in 1986, serving one term there before stepping down. Additionally, he served both as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education for part of the Nixon Administration and later for the Clinton Administration as the first Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs for the U.S. State Department.[1] In the State Department, he worked with Vice President Al Gore on global environmental and population issues, supporting the administration's views on global warming. A supporter of the proposed Kyoto Protocol, Wirth announced the U.S.'s commitment to legally binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions. From 1998 to 2013, he served as the president of the United Nations Foundation, and currently sits on the Foundation's board. Education Wirth is a graduate of Graland Country Day School (1954) in Denver, CO, and Phillips Exeter Academy.

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Clinton Administration personnel

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Muhammad Yunus

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Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus (Bengali: মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস; born 28 June 1940) is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and civil society leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. In 2006, Yunus and the Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development from below". The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that "lasting peace cannot be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty" and that "across cultures and civilizations, Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development".[1] Yunus has received several other national and international honours. He received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010.[2

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Recipients of the Four Freedoms Award

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Chittagong College alumni

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Kalee Kreider

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Kalee Kreider

Kalee Kreider (born 1971) is the Head of Communications at National Geographic Society. She was the former environmental adviser and spokesperson for Al Gore. In this role, she helped developed the materials for An Inconvenient Truth. She is a Senior Adviser for the United Nations Foundation. Education and early career Kreider was born in Columbus, Ohio.[1] She studied history at Rollins College, which she graduated in 1992.[2] She joined Rollins College because of Pedro Pequeño, an anthropologist.[2] She began her career as a Truman Fellow in the Clinton Administration.[3][4] She was selected as the White House Scholar-in-Residence, where she worked on the Clinton Crime Bill.[2] She left the White House to set up a non-governmental organization called Ozone Action.[2] She worked for Greenpeace and the National Environment Trust (now one of The Pew Charitable Trusts).[2][5] During her time at Greenpeace, Kreider negotiated the Kyoto Protocol.[2][6] Career After the 2000 United States presidential election

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