Washington D.C., January 5th, 2020 – Throughout his career, Ricky Martin has advocated for various social causes, using his voice and digital platforms as a bridge to unite global efforts and seek solutions. His humanitarian work is as impressive as his career on the world's most prominent stages, as an artist in music, musical theater and television. For this reason, he will be recognized on January 17 during the inaugural International Peace Honors, presented by PeaceTech Lab, alongside some of the most outstanding global leaders and change-agents of our time, whose common goal is to build a more equitable and peaceful world.
“In addition to his artistic contributions, Ricky Martin has made notable strides in the social im-pact space. He leverages his social networks to advocate for minority rights and promote civic engagement; through his foundation, he works to end human trafficking, especially of children; and in 2020, he galvanized support for frontline workers across the world. His contributions are invaluable, and it is a privilege for us to be able to recognize him during our International Peace Honors,” said Sheldon Himelfarb, President and CEO of PeaceTech Lab.
Ricky Martin is an EMMY® Award-nominated, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and four-time Latin GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, and actor. He was named the best-selling author by the New York Times. At the same time, he is a leader, philanthro-pist and activist, founder and president of the Ricky Martin Foundation, which fights against human trafficking, protects children and vulnerable communities, and defends human rights.
In 2020, the foundation led an effort to provide personal protective equipment to thousands of frontline health professionals in the battle against COVID-19 in more than 50 hospitals in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. It also continues to support communities at risk with humanitarian aid and mental health services, a need that has increased during the pandemic.
Ricky Martin has received ample recognition and accolades for his work throughout the years. He received the "Humanitarian Award" from the Hispanic Federation, the "Peace Summit Award," the recognition of the Nobel Peace Prize from the XVII World Summit, the "National Visibility Award" from the Human Rights Campaign, and was named a UNICEF Ambassador. Martin joins a list of renowned global leaders and personalities who will be recognized during the International Peace Honors, including the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Opal Tometi, and the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, both on TIME'S 2020 list of the 100 most influential people of the year. Also honored will be Amazonian Chief Raoni Metuktire, leader of the Kayapó people, located in a protected reserve in the Amazon region of Brazil, who will receive his award from singer and environmentalist Sting. Similarly, the 'Co-Father of the Internet', Vint Cerf, and the prominent Venezuelan singer and composer Ricardo Montaner, will be recognized. The evening will also feature musical performances by Italian sing-er-songwriter Laura Pausini, Venezuelan singer and actress Evaluna Montaner, Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo, Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz, among other international performances.
The International Peace Honors will broadcast digitally on Sunday, January 17 at 8:00 pm EST., To register to watch the event for free, visit: internationalpeacehonors.org
The International Peace Honors are made possible with the generosity of its sponsors and donors: BNY Mellon, The MITRE Corporation, Microsoft, Channels TV, Suh Family Foundation, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Mercator XXI, and Alliance for Peacebuilding.
About PeaceTech Lab:
Established by the United States Institute of Peace, PeaceTech Lab is committed to using technology, media, and data to prevent violence and build prosperous and peaceful communities around the world. For more information: www.peacetechlab.org