On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the United Nations Foundation held a private ceremony to congratulate Amir Dossal on his “graduation” from the United Nations as executive director at the UN Office for Partnerships. Since joining the UN in 1985, Dossal has led a number of global initiatives aiding the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, which include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics such as AIDS and developing a global partnership for development.
Through a strategic partnership with the UN Foundation, more than 450 programs were launched and funded by media mogul Ted Turner’s donation of $1 billion. This partnership with the UN Foundation has attracted more than $560 million from other donors and partners such as the Red Cross, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola, etc.
Recently, Dossal formed the Global Partnerships Forum, a non-profit platform to build innovative public-private partnerships to address various global challenges.
Hosts Ted Turner, chairman of the United Nations Foundation, and Timothy Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation, welcomed a number of high dignitaries, ambassadors and senior officials from the diplomatic community and international organizations.
Guests of honor included Max and Stefania Girombelli of Cipriani Group, supermodel Petra Nemcova, Christiana Falcone, Sorrel director of Media and Entertainment Industries World Economic Forum, United Nations Association- Brazil Ambassador At Large Paolo Zampolli, Sen. Tim Wirth President of the UN Foundation, jewelry heiress Maria Buccellati, fashion model Brenda Schad, Peter Robinson, president for U.S. Council for International Business, Netherlands Ambassador Herman Schaper, Anne Marie Miller Climate Change Team Green Inc., Romania Ambassador Simona Miculescu and Sri Lanka Ambassador Palitha Kohona.