8 July 2007
On 7 July, 2007, during a live gala event in Lisbon, Portugal, the “New 7 Wonders of the World” were announced, as decided by over 100 million votes from around the world. The event was presided by New7Wonders Founder and President, Mr. Bernard Weber, and was attended by United Nations Office for Partnerships Executive Director, Mr. Amir Dossal, in recognition of the efforts of N7W to promote the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
The New7Wonders announced in Lisbon were chosen by popular vote from a finalist group of 21 candidates, all monuments and historic sites selected by a Panel of Experts chaired by Former Director General of UNESCO Prof. Federico Mayor. This first-ever global vote was organized by the NewOpenWorld Foundation, using the most widest available interactive media in the world: internet (via www.new7wonders.com) and by telephone.
The UN Office for Partnerships and the NewOpenWorld Foundation share common goals and vision aiming to engage civil society in finding creative solutions to the UN's Millennium Development Goals.
The UN Office for Partnerships serves as a gateway for partnership opportunities with the United Nations family. It promotes new collaborations and alliances with foundations, corporations and civil society in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals and provides support to new initiatives of the UN Secretary-General.
The New7Wonders campaigns aim to contribute to the process of uplifting the well being and mutual respect of citizens around the world, through encouraging interaction, expression of opinion and direct participation by voting and polling on popular themes and global issues which are understandable to everyone.