NEW YORK (TIP): National Advisory Council on South Asian Affairs’ (NACSAA’s) “Thomas Jefferson’s Eternal Vigilance” Awards were presented to Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon and Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri on March 8, 2013, at the Roosevelt Hotel here.
While Congresswoman Caroline Maloney presented the award to Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon , Secretary General Ban Ki Moon presented the award to Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri. Each was recognized for “for his exemplary service to humanity, unflinching dedication to freedom, the rule of law and helping ‘…form a more perfect world.'” In addition, Cong. Maloney presented Ambassador Haroon with a Congressional Record issued in his honor.
At the event held in honor of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Ambassador Haroon spoke of the need for nations to keep talking in earnest, for as long as they are talking war is avoided. SG Ban spoke of the need to find a unified vision, with respect and friendship amongst nations, so humanity may better enjoy peace and prosperity.
The select audience of over 130 guests was made up of members of the United Nations Security Council, Permanent Representatives, national, state and local elected officials, and dignitaries, including Congressman Gary L. Ackerman, Chef de Cabinet Susana Malcorra and Mrs. Ban. Congressman Meeks was unable to attend the event, as he was part of the official United States delegation to attend the funeral of President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Prior Thomas Jefferson Eternal Vigilance Award recipients include United States Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, and Congressmen Gary L. Ackerman, Eliot L. Engel and inter alia, Gregory W. Meeks. NACSAA is made up of Americans with ancestry from, inter alia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and/or Bangladesh.