Tuesday, October 30, 2012
U.N. Chief Visits South Korea to Receive Peace Award
By Chae Myoung Lim
Special to Assist News Service
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (ANS) -- U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, arrived in Seoul on Sunday, October 28, 2012, for a four-day visit during which he received the Seoul Peace Prize 2012.
“This evening, I will have the great honor of receiving the Seoul Peace Prize,” Ban told the assembled audience. “I will accept it on behalf of the entire United Nations – especially those brave staff members serving under difficult and often dangerous conditions.”
The Seoul Peace Prize, awarded every two years, was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
“Sports can bring people together and teach them about our common humanity. At athletic games, ethnic, religious and economic divides disappear,” Ban went on to say.
Previous recipients of the prize have included Spaniard, Juan Antonio Samaranch, a Roman Catholic who, at the time was president of International Olympic Committee, and who has passed away in April, 2010, at the age of 89. Another recipient was Ghanaian, Kofi Annan, Ban’s predecessor, was educated at a Methodist boarding school in his home country.
South Korean-born Ban, 68, was reelected last year, for a second five-year term at the helm of the 193-member organization.
Ban has declined to expound his religious beliefs. During a press conference at the United Nations New York headquarters on October, 12, 2006, he said, “Now, as Secretary-General, it will not be appropriate at this time to talk about my own belief in any particular religion or God. So maybe we will have some other time to talk about personal matters.”
Pastor Chae Myoung Lim devotes himself for book ministry at Urim Books based in Seoul, South Korea. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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