Program organized and co-sponsored by IISD, NY
In 2005 at United Nations Headquarters the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns – New York joined together with the Values Caucus, UN Department of Public Information, the UN Staff Recreation Council and numerous supporting organizations, including Institute of International Social Development, to present a special event call the Spirit of the United Nations: Markings for the Future – for the United Nations 60th Anniversary and the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the 2nd Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold. At this event the United Nations was honored by remembering its founders as well as celebrating the United Nations family by highlighting the true spirit of the United Nations, and in doing so, acknowledging the invaluable contributions of all those that make up the United Nations community. This event inspired the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (NY) (CSVGC-NY) to create “The Spirit of the United Nations” Award. Each year an individual whose work demonstrates the vision and spirit of the United Nations and the Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, is selected to be the recipient of this award. IISD has been co-sponsoring this event every year (2012-2015 also) including the “Week of Spirituality” that is organized every year to present the award and celebrate and discuss the role of spirituality in peace building.