On this day in 1997, United States media magnate Ted Turner donated US$1 billion to the United Nations.

On this day in 1997, United States media magnate Ted Turner donated US$1 billion to the United Nations.

The funds were donated through the United Nations Foundation, an organization Turner created.

The donations were created to assist the UN in its project.

Turner, the founder of the CNN television network, had personally made the donations while his foundation raised millions from other corporations, governments and charities.

The Projects were focused on the environment, women, children, health, peace, human rights and promoting the United Nations in the United States.

Former US Sen. Timothy Wirth, who was President of the UN Foundation at the time, said the group had received donations from such companies and charities as the American Red Cross, Coca-Cola, Expedia, Nike, Rotary International and Vodafone.

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