What would the world be without pioneers?

With the challenges the world is facing today, we need pioneers who can pave the road and inspire others to walk the same path. The first generation of UN Global Compact Local SDG Pioneers – our gala dinner honorees – are all connected by a common thread: they are committed to accelerating the sustainable transition and they can deliver. This festive and elegant evening was framed by captivating speeches and theatrical performances, while we celebrated the Pioneers who are changing our world for the better.

Honouring the Local SDG Pioneers

A Highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the Local SDG Pioneers, where individuals were recognized for their work with turning SDGs to sustainable and responsible business opportunities. Learn more about the Local SDG Pioneers.

A Night of Pioneers

23 June | Cipriani 42nd Street


18:00 Reception

Musical Performance
Percussion Band

Master of Ceremonies
Ms. Caroline Mutoko
Chief Marketing Officer, Radio Africa Group

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown
Chair, Business and Sustainable Development Commission

Pioneers Unite!
Mr. Hugh Evans
CEO, Global Citizen

Musical Performance
Mr. Dana Leong
Grammy Award winning cellist

Honouring the Pioneers:

The Change-maker
Introduced by Ms. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder and Executive Director, Solerebels (TBC)

The Entrepreneur
Introduced by Dr. Chang-Gyu Hwang, Chief Executive Officer, KT Corporation

The Next 15 Years
Ms. Lise Kingo
Executive Director, UN Global Compact