South-South Awards Launched at United Nations

South-South News has launched the South-South Awards at the United Nations. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly (PGA), Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, president of South-South News, violinist Mira Ben-Ari and Musical Director Robin DiMaggio were present at the event held Friday.

Ambassador Lorenzo highlighted the PGA’s interest in the importance of media and the role that it can play in the sharing of best practices in development, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and presented him with an award in recognition of his commitment and support in utilizing media as a tool for development.

“The theme for this year’s awards will be focused on Digital Health for Digital Development,” said Ambassador Francis Lorenzo.

“The awards, to be presented to Heads of State and Government, First Ladies, and outstanding leaders in the field of global health from the private sector and civil society, will complement the United Nations High Level Meeting (HLM) on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), to be held at United Nations Headquarters from 19-20 September, 2011.”

The Awards Ceremony will feature prominent entertainers from around the world, including Grammy Award Winners Kenny G and Roberta Flack, Model and Actress Patricia Velasquez, Mini Ben-Ari, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and other performers backed up by a band led by Musical Director Robin DiMaggio.

The event will be held on the evening of September 19, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. It is organized by South-South News, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the International Telecommunications Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and has garnered the support of many UN Member-States.

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Rakesh Raman