On 23 October 2015, the UN Secretary-General Awards took place at United Nations Headquarters, to honour individual staff members or teams who promote innovation, efficiency and excellence in the way the UN delivers its programmes and services. Awards were given to one project each in the following 4 categories: Outstanding Role Model, Teamwork, Creativity and Staff Volunteerism. The award for Teamwork was given to the UN Climate Summit Communications Team, which included Ms. Susan Alzner, Head of UN-NGLS New York. See the delivery of this award to the team members by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon here: https://youtu.be/63s2wBaB9uM. To be considered for a Teamwork award, projects must have "ensured successful delivery through joint collaboration efforts with multiple stakeholders." Susan Alzner's role in this team revolved around promoting an open nomination process that she facilitated to find civil society speakers for the 2014 UN Climate Summit, and then to profile the speakers that were selected. The teamwork around this initiative extended beyond UN staff. Susan extends appreciation and highest respect to all of the civil society speakers and participants, as well as the civil society colleagues that served on the Selection Committee for this event.
Among the speakers selected were Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner who delivered a historic performance during the Opening Ceremony of the Summit, which received a standing ovation in UN General Assembly Hall from Heads of State, Ministers, leaders from the UN, civil society and business, and became headline news around the world. Kathy's remarks included the moving poem "Dear Matafele Peinam" dedicated to her daughter and the struggle to save her home country - the Marshall Islands - from dangerous sea level rise resulting from climate change. See the video of her performance here. 3 additional civil society speakers and 46 participants were selected through this process - see the complete list here.
See the full award ceremony here, which profiles 14 inspiring UN projects that were short-listed for the various awards.