Launch of the Global Hope Coalition

Global Hope Coalition Leadership Summit 2017

UNESCOEvents under the patronage of UNESCO

New York Public Library

September 18, 2017


The Global Hope Coalition was launched a star-studded special ceremony bringing together 550 government and business leaders, cultural icons, philanthropists, and human rights activists with the avowed aim of “taking the fight against extremism and intolerance to the next level.”  At the event, ten men and women from around the world who are taking great risks to oppose extremists, wherever they spread lies, bigotry, and hatred, were honored as Everyday Heroes.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova chaired the event, which took place in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, President Rumen Radev of Bulgaria, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca of Malta, and His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco. Iraqi President Dr. Fuad Masum sent as his special envoy Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, the country’s Foreign Minister. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara was represented by cabinet minister Ally Coulibaly.

Former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, and the First Ladies of Bulgaria, Ghana and Mali were among the high-level dignitaries, as were the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, Bahrain, Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria; Priti Patel, United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development; United Nations Undersecretary-General Ana María Menéndez and Undersecretary-General Vladimir Voronkov; and David Drake, the Canadian Foreign Ministry’s Director General for International Security and Intelligence.

World Jewish Congress President Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder presented the A Hero for Humanity Award posthumously to Samuel Pisar and Judith Pisar accepted the award in the name of her late husband.

Global Hope Coalition Mission

The Global Hope Coalition, a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong, is establishing a global platform to empower courageous individuals who stand up to terror and violence, preserve our heritage and build bridges across cultures.

These extraordinary people are fighting hate and violence, denouncing bigotry and preserving dignity for all. They are risking their lives; they are Everyday Heroes.

Genesis of the Global Hope Coalition

More than 450 government and business leaders, cultural icons, philanthropists, and human rights activists gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on September 22, 2016 to honor eight exceptional individuals from around the world whose courage and sacrifice in the face of extremism and intolerance have positively affected humanity.