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New York, 4th March, 2016.  H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, has received the prestigious Humanitarian Award during a ceremony that took place at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day celebration. This Award is given annually to personalities in the world of culture, entrepreneurship and politics, who have particularly distinguished themselves in charitable and social work.  This year the Award went to H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, for “her intense social and charitable activities in support of disadvantaged children”. During the ceremony, was awarded H.E. Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, , H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek (Mrs. Ban Ki-Moon), Patron of the UN Women for Peace Association.

The Award was organized by the UN Women for Peace Association, founded in 2008, which helps to advance projects and goals of United Nations agencies that provide opportunities to women to partake in the global peace building process through social, cultural and educational programmes.

Her Royal Highness’ speech:

” Mr. Secretary General, Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am humbled and honored to be here today, in this prestigious Institution,  surrounded by so many people who have devoted their lives to fight violence against women and children and am simply overwhelmed by the Award I am granted by the UN Women for Peace Association, to which I am deeply grateful. Congratulations, Mr. Secretary General, for your Award, that acknowledges  the major role you have been playing in this Institution for the last NINE years with such commitment and success. And congratulations also to you, Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, who have had the courage and vision to start this valuable Association. Many thanks also to you, Muna Rihani, who are the driving force behind this organization. This Award will give me even more energy to continue fighting for women all over  the world, for their rights, their safety and the ones of their children. I would like to thank my mother and my husband, who are here today and have always given me  their support and  encouragement in all my undertakings. I look very much forward to marching with all of you tomorrow and will bring my  two little girls, because I want them to learn at an early age the meaning of peace, tolerance and justice for all. Thank you.”

For further information:

Invite and participants: UNWFPA Luncheon e-vite


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