Saturday, September 20, 2014
In New York, Enrique Peña Nieto to receive prestigious World Statesman award
President Enrique Peña Nieto departed Mexico City this afternoon to attend next week's 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
It will be his first attendance at the General Assembly since taking office on Dec. 1, 2012. Peña Nieto's predecessor delivered his farewell address to the U.N. on Sept. 26, 2012. "Drug users are killing thousands of young people in the developing nations," Felipe Calderón tells United Nations.
Peña Nieto has been named the Appeal of Conscience Foundation's 2014 World Statesman of the Year, and will be honored at a dinner tomorrow evening.
The U.S. based Appeal of Conscience was founded in 1965 by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, and describes itself as an "interfaith partnership of corporate and spiritual leaders from all faiths who join to promote peace, tolerance and ethnic conflict resolution."
The president is being recognized for his "commitment to liberty, human rights, peace, and religious and ethnic freedom, and for advancing democratic values internationally," according to Mexican press accounts today. Peña Nieto: respect for human rights is Mexico's focus.
Recent World Statesmen designees include Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2012.
Aug. 30 - Enrique Peña Nieto's "State of the Union" address
Dec. 10 - Foreign Policy names Enrique Peña Nieto a top Global Thinker
Dec. 5 - U.N. selects Mexico's Supreme Judicial Court for Defense of Human Rights Award
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