At the reception before the dinner, I had the opportunity to speak with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby (for whom I used to work), U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Tim Ziemer (with whom I used to work), U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) Global Funds Department Head and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Board Chair Simon Bland, and Global Fund Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations Head Christoph Benn among others.
The speakers at the dinner included:
U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria and U.N. Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group Member Ray Chambers
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
Retired basketball star Shaquille O’Neal
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan
Lancet Editor Richard Horton
African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Executive Director Joy Phumaphi
U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening
Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Raj Shah
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo
Takalani Sesame Muppet Kami
Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin
March of Dimes President Jennifer Howse
U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
Jens Stoltenberg and Gunilla Carlsson announced $100+ million from Norway and $100+ million from Sweden for women’s and children’s health.
Jim Yong Kim announced a World Bank special funding mechanism for MDGs 4 and 5.
Joy Phumaphi called for a global investment framework for women’s and children’s health similar to the Strategic Investment Framework for HIV/AIDS.
The funniest moment of the dinner was when Shaquille O’Neal picked up Margaret Chan.
Girls Guides and Girl Scouts from various countries presented an honorary MDG 4 and 5 badge to Jan Eliasson for Ban Ki-moon.
After the above speakers, Global Poverty Project Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hugh Evans and fashion model Erin Heatherton discussed the Global Citizen Festival on September 29 on the Great Lawn in Central Park, which the Global Poverty Project describes as the “biggest live stream in history,” and introduced K’Naan, who will perform at the festival.
K’Naan performed a handful of songs including the official World Cup theme song “Wavin’ Flag.”