Established in 2007, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards™ embody President Bill Clinton’s call to action by honoring outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership.
These citizens have proven that diverse sectors of society can work together successfully to devise solutions that effect positive, lasting social change. Nominated by CGI members and other global leaders, honorees were chosen based on their innovative approaches, and on the demonstrated results and sustainability of their work.
The awards are given to individuals who have shown ground-breaking leadership in four sectors: civil society, the corporate sector, philanthropy, and public service. Having proven their uncommon abilities to strengthen civil society, these visionaries inspire us all to take action and to become true global citizens.
The ceremony took place on Monday, September 23, 2012. Remarks were given by President Bill Clinton and actress Bebe Neuwirth was the Master of Ceremonies. Angélique Kidjo and Seal provided the evening’s musical entertainment. Joshua Bennett, Rosario Dawson, Donna Karan, Eva Longoria, and June Sarpong all made appearances.