Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, served as the Under-Secretary General and High Representative of the United Nations for the most vulnerable countries; Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, President of the Security Council, President of UNICEF Executive Board and Vice-President of the UN Economic and Social Council. He pioneered the initiative of the UN General Assembly for adoption of the landmark Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, and proclamation of the International Decade for Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World. He is the recipient of the U Thant Peace Award, UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace, the Spirit of the UN Award and UMass Boston Chancellor's Medal for Global Leadership for Peace. He received honorary doctorates from the Soka University of Japan and St. Peter's University of USA. He taught courses on the culture of peace at Soka University of America, and City University of New York.