Background

Dare to Overcome focuses on peace and the role of business in promoting peace. Peace is especially pertinent to the Paralympics because they highlight human triumphs over adversity, including athletes overcoming disabilities stemming from war and conflict.

The Awards began after H.E. Ban Ki-moon established the Business for Peace platform in 2013 within the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate member organization committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, which notably include SGD 16 (Peace) “Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

The 2018 Awards were held in Seoul and PyeongChang, South Korea, at the start of the Winter Paralympic Games with the collaboration of the United Nations, the Seoul City Government, the Korean Parliament, numerous businesses and civil society organizations. H.E. Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary General, gave the keynote at the 2018 event.

The Rio 2016 Awards were held in partnership with the City of Rio and with the support numerous United Nations agencies, business associations and civil society organizations. In 2016, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, helped us launch the Global Awards in Rio at the Paralympics.