2012 South-South Awards Launched At The United Nations; Award To Recognize Heads State, Celebrities And Performers In New York City
NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2012 South-South Awards ceremony was officially launched at UN Headquarters yesterday on UN Day for South-South Cooperation. The awards ceremony taking place on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will be attended by A-list performers and celebrities. Acclaimed film and television star Laura Prepon will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by Don Felder , world-renowned musician and former lead guitarist for The Eagles; Angelique Kidjo, Grammy Award-Winning performer; musician Stephen Bishop ; and Grammy Award-Winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari. Renowned Latin singer and five-time Grammy Award-Winner Gilberto Santa Rosa will be honored with a Lifetime Culture Achievement Award for his use of music as an instrument to promote culture for development across the world. The performances will be led by Music Director, Robin DiMaggio .
At today's launching the President of the General Assembly (PGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser , was honored with a South-South Award for his commitment in highlighting the importance of South-South Cooperation.
In appreciation, PGA Al-Nasser said, "South-South Cooperation has enabled countries of the south to pool, adapt, adopt, replicate and scale-up relevant and appropriate developing solutions and technologies."
Ambassador Francis Lorenzo , the President of South-South News and Chair of the South-South Awards Committee, highlighted the importance of South-South Cooperation, the South-South Awards and this year's honorees.
This year the 2012 South-South Awards ceremony will celebrate with heads of State and Government, UN Ambassadors, top UN officials and other distinguished guests from the private sector and civil society E-Governance, and ICT infrastructure while looking ahead to the future of Sustainable Tourism, initiatives that are successfully helping to advance the Millennium Development Goals. Secretary General Ban Ki -moon, Chairman of the Group 77 and Helen Clark , Administrative of UNDP provided their statements in support of UN Day.
Other UN members present at today's launching were H. E. Amb . John Ashe , President of the High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, and Mr. Yiping Zhou , Director of UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation.
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