2022 World Heritage City Celebration

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Global Philadelphia Association Hosts 2022 World Heritage City Celebration, Honoring Philadelphia’s 7th Anniversary as the First World Heritage City in the United States

Held on “Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities”, the celebration will honor the global impact of MSNBC anchor, Ali Velshi, and support World Heritage partners in Ukraine with 10% of net proceeds being donated to support the World Heritage City of Lviv.

WHO: Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) 

WHAT: Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) celebrates Philadelphia’s 7th anniversary as the first World Heritage City in the United States. The 2022 World Heritage City Celebration will join 330 other global cities in marking “Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities,” honoring global heritage and the impact they have had on their respective regions. 

GPA will bring together a collection of civic leaders, community leaders and young professionals to pay special tribute to Ali Velshi, a Kenyan-born, Canadian native, and globally educated MSNBC news anchor. Velshi will be speaking at the World Heritage City Celebration about his global and cultural perspectives through his accomplishments and experience covering global impact topics such as the War in Ukraine, the Syrian refugee crisis, the Iran Nuclear Deal, the COVID-19 pandemic and more. GPA will also award Velshi with a Globy Award for Distinguished Journalism. 

As Philadelphia is home to one of the largest populations of Ukrainians in the United States, Global Philadelphia Association will support World Heritage Partners in Ukraine, home to seven World Heritage sites, by donating 10% of net proceeds the World Heritage City Celebration to the World Heritage City of Lviv. 

For more information and to purchase tickets for GPA’s 2022 Philadelphia World Heritage City Celebration, visit https://globalphiladelphia.org/world-heritage-city-celebration

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 6 PM – 9PM (Program to start at 7:30 PM – Ali Velshi remarks at 8:15 PM)  

WHERE: The Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building (100 East Penn Square the Wanamaker Building 9th Floor, 100 E Penn Square #9B, Philadelphia, PA 19107) 

VISUALS:   The event will provide many opportunities for photography, including:

  • Remarks from MSNBC reporter, Ali Velshi discussing his global and cultural perspectives as an international news anchor 

  • Visuals of Ali Velshi being awarded a 2022 Globy Award for Distinguished Journalism 

  • Video remarks from the Mayor of Lviv in Ukraine 


“Our World Heritage City Celebration is about commemorating our connections with other global cities and celebrating the impact global citizens have on Philadelphia,” said Robert J. McNeill, Global Philadelphia Board Chair and Greater Philadelphia Managing Partner for Deloitte. “Ali Velshi has proven his global citizenship through his knowledge and storytelling in the news. By splitting his time in both New York City and Philadelphia, he is spreading his unique diversity and heritage with countless global citizens.”

“The World Heritage City Celebration has always been an event to promote global heritage throughout the city of Philadelphia, and we wanted to showcase our global reach at this year’s event,” said Zabeth Teelucksingh, President of Global Philadelphia. “In addition to honoring Ali Velshi, GPA is proud to support the World Heritage City of Lviv in Ukraine. As the War in Ukraine continues, Philadelphia and GPA stand in solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine as they strive for peace and justice in their nation.”

PR CONTACT:    Ally Wengel: (E) [email protected] (C) 908-914-5052

About the Global Philadelphia Association

The Global Philadelphia Association consists of more than 200 internationally involved organizations, businesses, and individuals in Greater Philadelphia. It was created to assist – and to encourage greater interaction among – the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the area, and to enhance Philadelphia’s global profile. For more information, visit website: globalphiladelphia.org  


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