New York, September 17, 2014
The 2014 South-South Awards Reception took place during the high-level week of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in the Delegates Dining Lounge of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
A special recognition was also presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his efforts to galvanize political support for action on climate change. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, who gave a video address during the ceremony commending the organizers for their part in supporting South-South Cooperation as a means for achieving sustainable development, stated that he was deeply honored to have an award conferred to him by the organizers and that together, as partners, they have made great progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the global development agenda.
The reception honored H.E. Mr. Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, for his leadership during the 2014 Conference of Small Island Developing States, and H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, for the country’s initiatives involving water treatment and sustainability. Kokhir Rasulzoda, the Prime Minister of Tajikistan, accepted the award on behalf of President Rahmon.
The event featured opening remarks by the MC, CNBC News Anchor Ms. Amanda Drury, who was followed by key figures such as H.E. John W. Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and H.E. Mr. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.
Additionally, Mayor of New York City Mr. Bill de Blasio addressed the reception through a letter expressing his support for the South-South Awards, stating that he looks forward to all the ways they will work together as a global community to create a stronger, more resilient future for future generations.
The participants at the Reception also recognized Mr. Cai E’Sheng, Chairman of the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development Asia-Pacific Committee, for his commitment in supporting the efforts of developing states and highlighting the importance of South-South cooperation in addressing climate change. Mr. Cai promised his full support for Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s climate change related initiatives, stating that the SS-SCSD will be working towards implementing projects at many different levels.
The event was organized and supported by the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD), the International Organization for South-South Cooperation (IOSSC), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and Member States of the United Nations. The event was held in support of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s leadership in addressing the challenges of climate change and was attended by over 300 guests, including heads of state and government, senior ministers, UN ambassadors, high-level UN officials, leaders from the private sector and civil society, celebrities and international media, and was featured live on the United Nations Webcast.
The 2014 South-South Awards reception continued the annual tradition of honoring governments, organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to advance sustainable development. The annual South-South Awards is a high-level event celebrating leadership from heads of state and government, top United Nations Officials and world famous icons as the promote sustainable development across the global South.