October 25, 2023 -The United Nations Association of Broward County Chapter (UNA Broward) has honored Jamaican-American Lauderhill Commissioner Denise Grant, with the prestigious Sustainable Development Goals Leaders Award, recognizing her as a “distinguished leader” in her community.
The award celebrates 17 individuals who the UNA Broward says are working to advance each of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs are a set of 17 global objectives established by the United Nations in 2015, designed to address a wide range of social, economic, and environmental challenges worldwide. The goals — which include ending poverty and global hunger, and providing education and quality health care for all — serve as a blueprint for a more sustainable and equitable future by 2030.
UNA Broward said that Commissioner Grant’s impactful initiatives have significantly contributed to the realization of these goals within Broward County.
“UNA Broward commends Commissioner Denise D. Grant for her exceptional leadership, unwavering dedication, and transformative contributions to sustainable development,” the association said in a statement.
“Through her innovative endeavors, Commissioner Grant has not only demonstrated her commitment to the local community but also exemplified the principles and values set forth by the United Nations,” they added.
Progress towards SDG #8
Commissioner Grant was specifically recognized for her contributions toward the advancement of SDG #8: Decent Work & Economic Growth. This goal focuses on the development of resilient infrastructure, the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and the fostering of innovation.
UNA Broward said Commissioner Grant’s “visionary leadership, strategic initiatives, and unwavering commitment have played a pivotal role in enhancing economic opportunities, fostering entrepreneurship, and driving sustainable growth within Broward County.”
The Jamaican-born Commissioner serves on the National League of Cities’ Human Development Board and is noted for the advancement of unity and bridge-building initiative, Unity in the Community.
Commenting on the award, Grant said the award is a humbling honor.
“I am grateful for the recognition of my efforts to advance Goal #8, Decent Work & Economic Growth, as part of the United Nations’ global agenda,” she said.
“It is our collective responsibility to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation for the betterment of our community. I am committed to continuing this important work and creating a brighter, more equitable future for all.”