Ban Ki-moon wins Irish peace prize
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Tipperary International Peace Award.
The 70-year-old said yesterday that he was "deeply honoured" to be unveiled as this year's recipient, beating a host of international figures who had been short-listed for the prestigious prize, including Irish homeless campaigners Fr Peter McVerry, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and Brother Kevin Crowley. A date has yet to be set the ceremony, but a spokesperson for the organisation said that Ban Ki-moon will visit Tipperary later this year to collect the prize.
The Tipperary Peace Convention said they were honouring the "bridge-builder" for his "leadership in mobilising the international community to address climate change, forge a new development agenda and respond to a series of grave conflicts". The Secretary-General said this award was a "tribute to the brave and dedicated women and men of the UN working every day to advance peace, development and human rights". Previous recipients include former US President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Bob Geldof and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.