2012 Americas Award Laureates
The Americas Award is an initiative of UNITAR’s training center for the Western Hemisphere- CIFAL Atlanta, to support and recognize government authorities from the Americas in their efforts to promote economic development and to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The 2012 Americas Award was presented in a special ceremony on October 25th in Cali, Colombia in the framework of the Americas Competitiveness Forum VI, with leaders from the 34 nations in the Americas, including Heads of State, cabinet members, business executives, trade delegates, academics, and representatives from the region’s public and private competitiveness councils, non-governmental and international organizations in attendance.
The Americas Award is given in each of the eight areas of action of the MDGs. A Lifetime Achievement Award is also presented to pay tribute to a distinguished individual whose outstanding work has promoted socio-economic development in the region.
Americas award for excellence in public service and lifetime achievement
Mr. Walter Bastian,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere, United States Department of Commerce
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Honorable Mr. Guillermo Ferrufino, Minister of Social Development, Panama
Achieve universal primary education
Honorable Mr. Leonardo Garnier Rimolo, Minister of Public Education, Costa Rica
Honorable Mr. Harald Beyer Burgos, Minister of Education, Chile
Promote gender equality and empower women
Honorable Mrs. Ana Jara Velasquez, Minister of Women and Vulnerable Populations, Peru
Reduce Childhood Mortality
Honorable Mr. Luciano Ducci, Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil
Improve maternal health
Honorable Mr. Juan Luis Manzur, Minister of Health, Argentina
Ensure environmental sustainability
Honorable Mr. Victor Alvarado Martinez, Secretary of the Environment, State of Veracruz, Mexico
Promote economic development and partnerships
Honorable Mr. Claudio Orrego, Mayor, Peñalolén, Chile