Strong wins first Blaney award

Jan 23, 2003, vol. 26, no. 2

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Canadian Maurice Strong, special adviser to the secretary-general of the United Nations, is the recipient of the first Jack P. Blaney award for dialogue.

In announcing the winner, Simon Fraser University President Michael Stevenson said Strong was one of the world's most distinguished public servants and a pre-eminent environmentalist.

“Maurice Strong has made extraordinary contributions in public affairs and business,” says Stevenson. “His work for the first United Nations conference on the human environment in 1972, of which he was secretary-general, provided the foundation for all subsequent international environmental negotiations. For three decades he has challenged all nations to work together to overcome global environmental threats. It is a tribute to Maurice Strong's insight and consummate skill, and to his persistence and faith in humanity that the dialogue continues today.”

The Blaney award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies, internationally, the spirit and programs of SFU's Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue. The presentation ceremony, planned for Jan. 16, was cancelled as Strong was in North Korea as a United Nations special envoy.

The award honours Jack Blaney, university president from 1997-2000, whose vision inspired the centre for dialogue, a facility dedicated to promote dialogue, helping people with diverse views find a path to positive action.

The Blaney award is supported by an endowment established by his friends and colleagues. Blaney, president emeritus of SFU, is senior fellow of the Wosk centre, chair of the Fraser basin council and a member of the International Joint Commission.

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