On 17 November 2014 the President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, Jayantha Dhanapala, was the recipient of the 2014 International Achievement Award for Nuclear Disarmament sponsored by Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency. Speaking at the awards ceremony, held at the UN Headquarters in New York City, Dhanapala said,
“I am deeply grateful for the award conferred on me today. I have long believed in the dictum of Jean Monnet – the European Union’s architect and visionary – that “Nothing is possible without men, but nothing lasts without institutions.” Thus this award honours the organizations with which I have been associated in a long struggle to rid the world of the most inhumane and destructive weapon ever invented. I take this opportunity to rededicate myself to this noble cause and its early fulfillment.”
The event was hosted by the U.N. Correspondents’ Association (UNCA) and attended by senior U.N. officials, ambassadors and representatives of the media and civil society.