The 2015 South-South Awards was held on September 26, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, in support of the UN Summit for the Adoption of the post-2015 Development Agenda and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
Co-organized and supported by the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Organization for South-South Cooperation (IOSSC), and the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD), the event featured over 800 guests, ranging from Heads of State and Government to Oscar-winning celebrities and world-class musicians.
The 2015 South-South Awards recognized the achievements of developing countries in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) while mobilizing toward the post-2015 development agenda. Azerbaijan, Ehtipiopia, Fiji and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) were among the countries honored with a 2015 South-South Award.
A Special Recognition also honored the U.N. General Assembly, the main governing body of the United Nations, for spearheading the implementation of the MDGs and highlighting the important role the U.N. has played over the last 70 years in maintaining international peace and security while promoting sustainable development. The Humanitarian Achievement Recognitions were given to philanthropist William “Bill” F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, and the 23rd Chinese Medical Team to Guinea, whose two-year mission was instrumental in combating ebola in West Africa.
As 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals and the beginning of the post-2015 Development Agenda, the Awards event recognized a pivotal moment in global development while also commemorating 70 years of progress made by the United Nations.