OAS Secretary General Receives King Legacy Award for International Service
Jan 16, 2011 - 2:53:33 PM
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose
Miguel Insulza, today received the King Legacy Award for
International Service at the 20thAnnual International Salute to
Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, DC, and in his acceptance
speech remembered the tragedy of the people in Haiti who fight to
triumph over the consequences of the earthquake of January 2010.
Insulza praised the integrity and willpower of the Haitian
people in overcoming the socio-economic impact of the earthquake.
When talking about the complexity of the world’s reality, Insulza
said that “if there is one message that this award has, it is that
the independent world in which we now live requires a doubling of
efforts to solve our problems peacefully.” This is why the OAS
exists, he added, to fight for “justice, freedom and equality, and
the elimination of every form of discrimination in the
The Director for International Programs at the
University of the District of Columbia, Ambassador Dr. Denis
Antoine, introduced the Secretary General as man who is a
“bridge-builder and leader by consensus," and he underscored the
commitment of the OAS in its objective of “strenghtening democratic
regions in the world.”
Other honorees at the event included:
United States Representative Diane Watson; World Buddhist Leader and
International Arts Master Dorje Chang Buddha III; Honorary Chair Dr.
Klaus Scharioth; and the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Resources, Howard Koh, MD,
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