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Caledonian University Honours for Annie Lennox And Kofi Annan

Glasgow Caledonian University has honoured two leading human rights activists for their work.

Scottish singing superstar Annie Lennox and former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan were recognised at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry awards dinner.

Academy Award winning singer-songwriter Lennox was given Nobel Scotland’s first International Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement while Laureate Annan was given an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Dr Annan has worked tirelessly to address poverty and human rights as well as promoting healthcare in developing countries. In 2001, he founded the Global AIDS and Health Fund.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies presented the the honourary doctorate to him and said: “Dr Annan is one of the world’s most accomplished thought leaders and practitioners on human rights, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and global poverty alleviation.

“He is a truly inspirational international figure and a role model for our staff and students.

“We are delighted that he has accepted this award from our university.”

This is the first honorary award that Dr Annan has accepted from a Scottish University.

Eurhythmics singer Annie Lennox was honoured for all of her international humanitarian efforts, and her work championing the rights of women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Ms Lennox said: “Thank you so much for honouring me as the first recipient of this humanitarian award. The work that I do is dedicated to women and children struggling to survive with HIV/AIDS.

“They don’t often have a voice and it is to them I’d like to dedicate this beautiful award.”


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