Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury has been a career diplomat, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of UNICEF Executive Board, UN Under-Secretary-General, Senior Special Advisor to UN General Assembly President, and recipient of the U Thant Peace Award, UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace, Spirit of the UN Award, University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor’s Medal for Global Leadership for Peace and the 2018 Global Women’s Peace Award. He is widely recognized for his leadership in steering the nine-month-long negotiations resulting in adoption of the UN Declaration and Programme of Action on Culture of Peace in 1999.
Ambassador Chowdhury is also globally known for his pioneering initiative in March 2000 as the President of the Security Council leading to the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which recognized for the first time the role and contribution of women in peace and security and the equality of participation at all decision-making levels. He received Honorary Doctorates from Soka University of Japan in Tokyo in 2003 and from Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey, USA, in 2012.He is the Founder of the New York based civil society coalition, the Global Movement for The Culture of Peace (GMCoP).
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