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May 19, 2017
Presentation of the Pearson Peace Medal to
The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy
OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and honorary patron of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), will present the 30th Pearson Peace Medal to the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at
The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy has devoted his life’s work, in academia, politics and civil society, to highlighting and building the United Nations as a vehicle for peace and to promoting Canadian leadership and engagement in the UN. As a political leader and as minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada, he had a pivotal role in the development and strategic advancement of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (often referred to as the Ottawa Treaty). At the time, his engagement of world leaders and civil society was innovative and ultimately successful in the adoption of this important treaty.
As an academic, both early in his career and later as the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, he instructed, led and wrote on the imperative of education on peace and of critical thinking, informed by ideals and ambitious aspirations for a better world. As a university leader he focused attention and action on reconciliation with First Nations, launching important programs to reach and engage Indigenous students and communities, and to advance social justice.
About the Pearson Peace Medal
The Pearson Peace Medal is awarded to a Canadian who has personally contributed, through his or her working life and voluntary commitments, to those causes to which Lester B. Pearson devoted his distinguished career: aid to the developing world; mediation between those confronting one another with arms; succour to refugees and others in need; equal rights and justice for all humanity; and peaceful change through world law and world organization.
A jury of eminent Canadians selects the recipient of this honour. The medal is awarded by UNA-Canada, a registered charity founded in 1946, with a mandate to educate and engage Canadians in support of the United Nations and its critical issues, which have a global impact. For more information, visit
Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 2:45 p.m. on the day of the event.
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