Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers 2023

September 2023. New York City, Jazz at Lincoln Center

​Co-founded in 2017 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Project Everyone, the Goalkeepers event takes place during the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City and brings together Heads of State and international Sustainable Development Goals “Goalkeepers” (those spearheading various missions in their local communities) alike. Among other themes, this year’s Goalkeepers focused on the challenge of fighting global inequality.

Kicking off the two-day event, the 2023 Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards were presented at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 19, 2023. The Awards program commenced with a performance by the renowned Tamil dancer and choreographer, Usha Jey. Swedish singer Zara Larsson, and Tiwa Savage, accompanied by the Harlem Gospel Choir, performed throughout the ceremony.

Award winners included Human Rights Activist Eden Tadesse, maternal and newborn child health advocate Ashu Martha Agbornyenty, and Farmlink Project, recognized for their impactful efforts in combating food insufficiency and hunger.

Host Elaine Welteroth guided the program as global changemakers were honored for their work. Award presenters included Melinda French Gates, Zimbabwean-American actress Danai Gurira, model and activist, Sabrina Elba, and Olympic swimmer and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Yusra Mardini.

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