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North Texas’ sustainable development awards spotlight progress in action

The true essence of our humanity has been tested by a silent attack that requires us all to speak boldly and to show compassion for one another. ~ Lisa Winkley

The Dallas Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, a membership organization devoted to strengthening the US-UN relationship through public education and advocacy, announced its winners for the 5th Annual UN Day Global Leadership Awards. Founded on the promise to advance peace and prosperity for people and the planet, UN Day Awards honor and celebrate champions from multiple sectors who are advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting peace and well-being around the world through bold and visionary actions.

2020 UN Day Global Leadership Award Honorees

SDG 1: No Poverty
Chad Houser, Founder/CEO/Executive Chef, Café Momentum

SDG 2: Zero Hunger
Dr. Cheryl “Action” Jackson, Founder, Minnie’s Pantry

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
Dr. Matthew Leveno, Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Parkland Health and Hospital System
Pamela Farrington, Nursing Manager of Surgical ICU, Parkland Health and Hospital System

SDG 4: Quality Education
Dr. Candice Bledsoe, Executive Director, Action Research Center

SDG 5: Gender Equality
Michael D. Hsu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Mandy Price, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Kanarys

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Niklas Heuveldop, Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area North America, Erricson North America

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
Ann Massey Badmus, Founder and Managing Attorney, Badmus & Associates

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Tricia Loe, President, Sustainable Concepts, LLC

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Maria Lott, Co-Founder & CEO, Recycle Revolution

SDG 15: Life on Land
Shelly White, Center Director, Trinity River Audubon Center

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Gauthami Vemula, Founder and CEO, Color me SAFE, LLC

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
John Stankey, President and Chief Operating Officer, AT&T Inc.

Eleanor Roosevelt Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Holston, Executive Director, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc.

UN Day award nominations were submitted by individuals across North Texas, honoring projects that respond to imminent global challenges such as climate change, migration, rising inequity, and the pandemic. The event will be live-streamed via Zoom on Saturday, October 24, at 10 am (CST). Register at

“The true essence of our humanity has been tested by a silent attack that requires us all to speak boldly and show compassion for one another.,” said Lisa Winkley, President of UNA-USA Dallas. “Like COVID-19, climate change, and financial collapses do not observe national or even physical borders. These challenges can only be solved through international cooperation and by the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.” In addition to drawing attention to the work of the United Nations and supporters who are helping to build a more prosperous future, the event raises much-needed funds for UNA-USA Dallas initiatives.

About the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA): UNA-USA is a grassroots movement of Americans who support the vital work of the United Nations in US communities, colleges, and Congress. For more than 75 years, UNA-USA and its national network of 20,000+ members and 200 chapters have promoted strong US leadership at the UN through advocacy campaigns, youth engagement, outreach programs, and public events. Learn more about the Dallas Chapter of the United Nations Association at

About the United Nations Foundation: The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a US public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at

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