WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yesterday, 2022 International Peace Honorspresented by PeaceTech Laboratory, the award-winning non-profit organization founded by the American Institute of Peacebrought together a legendary group of personalities to recognize the work of world leaders in compassion, innovation and change, and reminds us all of the power that individuals have to effect positive change to achieve peace. The ceremony can be viewed at: bit.ly/internationalpeacehonors.
Given the historic events that have unfolded this week, Sheldon Himelfarbpresident and CEO of PeaceTech Lab, said he never considered rescinding international peace honors as “the incredible story of resistance and resilience in Ukraine is one that has often been grounded in art, music and writing that has called people to reject authoritarianism and embrace diversity, justice and inclusion.” He adds that “These are not lofty ideals, but concrete results for which dissidents, artists and citizen activists have paid with their lives – in Ukraine AND around the world. We come together to honor their legacy, and because these are the kinds of stories we need now, more than ever.”
This year’s international peace winners were actor, director and social activist Whitaker Forest; Chairman of MasterCard, Ajay Banga; Humanitarian singer-songwriter and Latin Grammy winner Juanesformer vice president of innovation and technology at IBM Nicholas Donofriocreator of “Humans of New York”, Brandon Stanton; Indigenous activist and environmentalist Tokata’s Iron Eyes; and President and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices, Dr. Lisa Su.
In addition, special recognition as voice of peace included leaders of the global community who have dedicated their lives to the ideals of peace and service. This year voice of peace winners included: Khalida Popal – Afghanistan; Israel Gonzalez, Bio Grip – Mexico; Media monitoring in Africa – South Africa; Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy – Nicaragua; and some United States, Company E; Ghida Dagher, New American Leaders; and Covington & Burling.
The ceremony was hosted by actress and activist Rosario Dawson and included international performances by the famous Croatian cellist HAUSER who beautifully interpreted the classic Schubert – Serenadethe Italian lyrical pop trio HE FLY gave audiences a powerful acoustic version of one of Mo Morricone’s most popular soundtracks SE (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) organized exclusively for the evening. Spanish Central Buika serenaded the winners with his passionate fusion of jazz, flamenco, rock, African and Afro-Caribbean sounds, and the GRAMMY®-winning Colombian singer-songwriter fonsecarealized “Eres mi Sueno,” (You’re my dream).
The awards were presented by the 42n/a President of the United States, Bill Clinton; Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman; the Co-Father of the Internet and 2021 International Peace Laureate, Vint Cerf; and by Foggy Copelandprincipal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.
“It was important to us to deliver a program that rightly celebrates the achievements of all the outstanding pioneers whose contributions to the world can never be quantified. But above all, given the sobering news of the week, we wanted to make sure that we did so with respect and honor to the millions affected by the broken peace in Ukraine.,” noted Maria Esmeralda Paguagaexecutive producer of the International Peace Honors.
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