Global Citizens Award

The Global Citizen Award is given to an individual who is making a contribution through their professional and personal lives to building a better world. Join us for the 2019 Global Citizen Award Ceremony!

UNA-Canada's Global Citizen Award


With a mandate to ‘grow global citizens’, the United Nations Association in Canada recognizes role models who have shown generosity, creativity, leadership and solution-seeking, and applied their talents to the challenges they have identified in their local communities, in the country and in the world.

A Global Citizen need not be a world traveller or professional diplomat. Each of our Global Citizen laureates has, however, contributed to their community, country and world, understood, and shown through their lives that their actions and decisions can be taken for short-term benefit – or long-term elevation of all. As a  whole, UNA-Canada’s laureates have shown the courage and determination to lift others.

The 2020 Global Citizen Award

Honouring: Mark Carney


UNA-Canada is pleased to announce that Mark Carney as our 2020 Global Citizen. 

Mark Carney has achieved prominence as an economist and banker who served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2013 to early in 2020. Before that he served as Governor of the Bank of Canada (from 2008 to 2013). He holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship and was Chairman of the Financial Stability Board from 2011 to 2018. 

Mr. Carney has recently accepted appointments as UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and as UK Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP 26. 


As UN Special Envoy, he will focus on ambitious implementation of climate action, with particular attention to significantly shifting public and private finance markets and mobilizing private finance to the levels needed to achieve the 1.5°C goal of limited emission growth of the Paris Agreement.  This will include building the frameworks for financial reporting, risk management and returns in order to bring the impacts of climate change to the mainstream of private financial decision making and to support the transition to a net zero carbon economy.

Please, join us at our Global Citizens Dinner for a special evening celebrating Mark Carney, along with his partner Diana Fox, in company with other global citizens, business, political and community leaders, global civil society, friends, partners and colleagues.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

 Royal York Toronto

100 Front St W, Toronto

6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.  

The 2018 Global Citizen Award, Honoring: Louis Audet

Criteria for the Global Citizens Laureate

UNA-Canada is proud to honour and pay special tribute to unique and ambitious models of leadership. We recognize our Laureates for their positive vision for a better world, starting in Canadian communities, and for their outstanding and generous commitment to children and youth, education, health and wellness and social growth and stability not only for individuals, but for whole communities. The recipient is recognized for their outstanding global citizenship in their community, for Canada and for the world by exemplifying how social responsibility and sterling leadership can be enormously successful in fostering inclusive societies and prosperity.

Global Citizens Award Honourees

Louis Audet
2018 Global Citizen

Louis Vachon
2016 Global Citizen

Murad Al-Katib
2016 Global Citizen

Bill Graham

2017 Global Citizen

Terry Hui
2015 Global Citizen

The 2017 Global Citizen Award, Honoring: Bill Graham


The United Nations Association in Canada offers a range of diverse programming across Canada and internationally that furthers our mandate of growing global citizens. Your involvement and support are crucial to our work and always appreciated.

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