Today, the UN Foundation announced the creation of its new Global Entrepreneurs Council. This group will be comprised of twenty of the worlds most innovative and talented young entrepreneurs dedicated to helping solve global problems and paving the way for the next generation of philanthropists. Between the ages of 25 and 40, the Council will work with the UN Foundation to increase the impact of its work on issues ranging from climate change, to adolescent girls and global health. Members will also work closely with the UN Foundation to strengthen international campaigns such as Nothing But Nets and Girl Up, in addition to helping to develop new campaigns moving into the future.
Over the next six months, the UN Foundation will engage with a number of young entrepreneurs to determine the final roster of the first class of the Global Entrepreneurs Council. Specific names of Council members will be made public in early 2011.
The UN Foundation made the announcement as part of its participation in the Summit Series DC10 event this May. Executive Director of Global Partnerships for the UN Foundation, Elizabeth Gore, unveiled the new initiative during her introduction of Ted Turner, Founder & Chairman of the UN Foundation. Turner participated in an open dialogue with Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes, about the role of business and young executives in global philanthropy. CEO of the UN Foundation, Kathy Calvin, also participated in a Summit Series DC10 Bisnow event as part of a keynote panel discussion on “Where Women Stand” with Lauren Bush of FEED Projects and Jessica Jackely of Kiva.org.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.