Mérida, Yucatán, September 23, 2019. – The Yucatan for Peace concert, which was held on September 21 at the Monument to the Homeland, celebrated International Peace Day seeking to change the world through a language we all speak: music, and no one better than Ricky Martin to spread this message and inspire the public to take concrete actions to build a better world.
Because of its long history in favor of peace and its tireless activity in defense of the rights of girls and boys in the world, the Special Committee composed of Nobel Peace Prizes made the decision to grant the Peace Summit Award to Ricky Martin, in the framework of the XVII World Summit Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.
Since 1999, at each annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners, a Committee composed of Nobel Peace Prize winners awards the Peace Summit Award. The award is given to personalities from the world of culture and entertainment that actively defend peace and make the general public aware of the problems of the contemporary world. The initiator of the Prize was Mikhail Gorbachev Laureate with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
The Ricky Martin Foundation is a non-profit organization that advocates for the well-being of children around the world in critical areas such as education, health and social justice. Its People for Children program condemns the exploitation of children as a result of trafficking in persons. They provide children with a safer world through the creation of awareness campaigns, community programs, research, participation in global forums, as well as through the operation of facilities that promote the mission of the foundation.
Award winners over the years have included singers, actors and even a soccer player. Among the musicians recognized for their defense of peace, Bono, the lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, is honored for his commitment to cancel the debt in third world countries. Singer Annie Lennox, known as the Eurythmics lead vocalist, was recognized for her work against the HIV pandemic in South Africa. Other musicians whose charitable activities have been honored include Cat Stevens and Bob Geldof, organizers of the “Live Aid” and “Live8” concerts.
Martin has also collaborated with the International Organization for Migration in the Llama y Vive campaign, which aims to facilitate the prevention of human trafficking and the protection of young people, victims of child trafficking and prosecution of traffickers . For his work against human trafficking, in 2005, the United States Department of State appointed Martin as one of his heroes to end modern slavery.
Ricky Martin’s music has reached every corner of the world and has inspired a diversity of people in all places. The power of his music and his voice proclaim the right we all have to freedom. As UNICEF ambassador, he promotes changes in favor of a better and safer world for children. He has been consistent in demonstrating his spirit of love that transforms reality into a reality of greater equity, justice and peace.
Award winners over the years have included singers, actors and even a soccer player. Among the musicians recognized for their defense of peace, Bono, the lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, is honored for his commitment to cancel the debt in third world countries. And singer Annie Lennox, known for her musical work with Eurythmics, was recognized for her work against the HIV pandemic in South Africa. Other musicians whose charitable activities have been honored include Cat Stevens and Bob Geldof, organizers of the “Live Aid” and “Live8” concerts.
Press release by yucatanforpeace.com
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