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New York Academy of Sciences Gala Honors UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Professor Jeffrey Sachs; Celebrates Current and Future Scientific Innovators

The Academy's 12th annual Gala brings together its honorees, Honorary Gala Chair Chelsea Clinton, and leaders in government, industry, and academia to champion the application of science and technology to global causes, including STEM education.

Published November 09, 2015

NEW YORK, November 9, 2015 – This evening, the New York Academy of Sciences brings together more than 400 global leaders in academia, government, and industry, at its 12th Annual Gala. This year's Gala, which raised more than $1 million in support of the Academy's operations, takes place at The Conrad Hotel in Lower Manhattan and celebrates the critical role of science and technology in solving humanity's major global challenges.

The Gala, which falls only six weeks after the United Nations announced its landmark "Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals" honors:

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and
  • Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals,


for their visionary roles in leading the Sustainable Development Goals and the Millennium Development Goals, respectively.

Both honorees are being named Honorary Members of the Academy, a special category of Membership that has existed since the Academy's founding in 1817. In that year, Presidents Thomas Jefferson & James Monroe were named Honorary Members. In subsequent years, Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Lord Kelvin, Alexander von Humboldt, James Joule, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Margaret Mead, Gro Harlem Brundtland, and scores of Nobel laureates were also awarded honorary memberships

Later in the evening, the Academy introduces two new virtual programs of the Academy's website. For media inquiries, please contact Diana Friedman (; 212-298-8645).

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