NEW YORK, 20 September, 2016 – The first annual Global Goals Awards tonight honored a lawyer who fights against child marriage in Tanzania, a Syrian teen and Olympic swimmer who saved fellow refugees from drowning, and an organization that brings health care to vulnerable girls and women Pakistan.

The three honorees were recognized for their contributions to advancing the rights of girls and women. Leaders from business, government and entertainment attended the ceremony including award presenters Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN, entrepreneur and Curator of TED Chris Anderson and Grammy Award winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo.


The Global Goal Awards are part of ongoing efforts to rally support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of goals unanimously adopted by every country in the world to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.

The awards were curated by UNICEF with the 17 SDG Advocates forming the official judging panel.

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