|UN top diplomat Sigrid Kaag awarded Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize|
The Hague, 16 November 2016 • Today, Ms Sigrid Kaag, Dutch top diplomat working for the United Nations, received the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize 2016 during an official ceremony at the Peace Palace. The Carnegie Foundation, which owns and manages the Peace Palace, has awarded this peace prize to Ms Kaag for her successful efforts in accomplishing sensitive and dangerous missions in the Middle East. The Board of the Carnegie Foundation lauded her dedication and personal approach. She is held in particularly high esteem for her ability to bring unity. The Chairman of the Foundation, Mr Bernard Bot, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, commented her remarkable talent in bringing parties together and to consensus, adding that »Ms. Kaag does not think in problems, but encourages parties to act«.
Mrs. Sigrid Kaag is a top diplomat and has a distinguished long-term record of service at the United Nations. Since December 2014 she serves as the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL). The award ceremony took place in the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace in The Hague in the presence of many diplomats from all over the world. The Carnegie Wateler Peace is awarded by the Board of the Carnegie Foundation every two years to a person or an institution furthering the cause of international peace.
»We are humbled and honoured to have such a great and special person doing such important work in an unique but examplary, altruistic, action-focused and energetic way. Ms Kaag sets the example for most of us, yet she does what no man can do. I could not think of a better diplomat for the UN«, emphasizes Michael van der Valk from the Hague, the Netherlands.