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The Global Tolerance Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, December 11th, 2001· Human Rights Day

This event not only commemorated the International Day ForTolerance and Human Rights Day, it marked the passing of three months since the terrorist attacks in New York City, adding greater relevance to the importance of promoting tolerance.

On December 11, 2001,
at the
United Nations in New York City,
Friends of the United Nations

presented their 4th Annual
Global Tolerance Awards
Ceremony & Banquet
The event was produced in cooperation
Unity Foundation
and made possible through the generous sponsorship of the
One Song, Many Voices Foundation

and the T. F. Chen Cultural Center

The Global Tolerance Awards honor Individuals
and Organizations working to advance
universal Tolerance and Human Rights in keeping
with the theme for 2001:
"Promoting Tolerance through the Arts"

The program included a series of Tributes:


George Harrison was honored as one of the world's master musicians, whose life was a model of peace, love, unity and tolerance. Musician Richie Havens led an inspiring Tribute to George Harrison with a performance of "Here Comes The Sun."

A Tribute to United Nations
Secretary-General Kofi Annan
and the Staff of the United Nations
in recognition of their receiving
the Centennial Nobel Peace Prize.

A SALUTE to the PEOPLE of NEW YORK CITY was presented by John Finnegan, CEO of the General Motors Acceptance Corporation. The People of the City of New York were honored for their demonstration of tolerance, unity and compassion, in the face of the unparalled tragedy of September 11th.

Joseph Kanon, author of the best-selling book, "The Good German" was the Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Kanon also wrote the best-selling books "The Prodigal Spy" and "Los Alamos."


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