The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to receive the 2014 Tipperary International Peace Award.
The announcement was made this week by Tipperary Peace Convention through its Hon. Secretary, Mr. Martin Quinn.
Mr. Ban is being honoured for his leadership in mobilizing the international community to address climate change, forge a new development agenda and respond to a series of grave conflicts and major natural disasters.
At a moment of division, he has sought to be a bridge-builder; in a period of economic upheaval, he has strived to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people; and in a world of deepening interconnectedness, he has pursued wide-ranging efforts to adapt the United Nations to face a new generation of challenges and threats.
Responding to the news of his selection, the Secretary-General said -
“I am deeply honoured by this recognition from Tipperary Peace Convention.
“I see this award, above all, as a tribute to the brave and dedicated women and men of the United Nations working every day to advance peace, development and human rights around the globe.”
The Award will be presented to Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony in Tipperary later this year.
Previous recipients include former South African President, the late Nelson Mandela, Live Aid Organiser Bob Geldof, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, the late Rafic Hariri, and Pakistani schoolgirl and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.