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23 OCTOBER 2008
AMBASSADOR DAVIDE RECEIVES "SPIRIT OF THE UN" AWARD
NEW YORK—Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, this week received the "Spirit of the UN" Award in recognition of his exemplary work on promoting spirituality and values in the world body.
The Philippine Mission to the United Nations said Ambassador Davide received the award in ceremonies held at the Dag Hammarksjold Auditorium at the UN Headquarters on 20 October 2008.
Ambassador Davide, who became Manila's pointman in the United Nations in 2007, is the second recipient of the award conferred by the UN-based NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (CSVGC). The first recipient in 2007 was Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury of Bangladesh for his life-long dedication to peace, human rights and justice.
The NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (CSVGC) presented the award to the former Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court after it had evaluated the many inspiring comments, recommendations and support, which Ambassador Davide received as a nominee.
Inscribed in the crystal award are the following words: "For his exemplary work on promoting spirituality and values at the UN." The CSVGC is a committee of the Conference of NGOs in consultative status with the United Nations. It honored Ambassador Davide this year as an outstanding person who best exemplifies the aspects of spirituality and values in his work and daily life.
CSVGC's vision is a commitment to a global culture of peace based on justice, solidarity, inclusiveness, shared responsibility, harmony, cooperation, compassion, love, goodwill, wisdom and reverence for the sacredness of life through active peaceful engagement.
In his acceptance remarks, Ambassador Davide said that he accepted the award not only for himself but also for the Philippines, the Philippine Mission to the UN, and many others who have focused attention to global concerns.
Ambassador Davide considered the award as specially significant as it also symbolized the sacredness of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the 60th anniversary of which will be celebrated later this year, "whose heart is spirituality and the universal values of human rights, freedom, justice, truth, love and peace."
"Spirituality is a communion and an abiding relationship with Almighty God Who, according to the Book of Wisdom, made all things by His word and established man to govern the world in holiness and justice and render judgment in integrity of heart," the ambassador said.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo faxed on the same day his congratulatory message and joined the Filipino nation in congratulating Ambassador Davide for this milestone achievement that has made the country and the people proud.
Secretary Romulo added that the award represented a concrete manifestation of his peers' esteem and confidence in his able leadership. He assured Ambassador Davide of his continued support for the latter's efforts in promoting deeper cooperation between the Philippines and the United Nations. ###
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