Washington D.C., June 20, 2023 – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is proud to announce that it has been honored with the esteemed 2023 Award for Peace and Fellowship by the Interreligious Forum of the Americas (FIDELA). This recognition highlights PADF’s exceptional efforts in advancing democracy, human rights, peace, security, and integral development.
The award ceremony took place at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C., coinciding with the 53rd regular session of the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly. FIDELA bestows this accolade upon renowned individuals and organizations with a distinguished track record, showcasing values that encompass a commitment to addressing local, national, and international challenges. Recipients are recognized for seeking viable long-term solutions to economic, social, and political problems while respecting diverse perspectives. Moreover, they actively strive to foster collaboration and achieve mutually acceptable resolutions to complex issues, making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and society while upholding human dignity.
Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, presented the award to PADF Executive Director Katie Taylor, expressing:
During her acceptance speech, Taylor acknowledged the vital role religious communities play in advancing these objectives, citing recent collaborations with Latter-day Saints (LDS) Charities in Haiti. She stated:
Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, emphasized the significance of unity in resolving crucial matters such as rights, religious freedom, and beliefs. He remarked:
It was my distinct honor to present to the Pan American Development Foundation @PADForg the prestigious 2023 Fidela Award for Peace and Fellowship in recognition of its invaluable and tireless work dedicated to uplifting the lives of the people of the Americas. pic.twitter.com/neOaX70mTy— Nestor Mendez (@NestorMendezOAS) June 20, 2023
Honored to have participated in #FIDELA's event at @USIP where we stressed the importance of tolerance of all faiths and freedom of belief as essential factors that aid in the promotion of healthy democracies and securing basic human rights for all in the Americas and beyond. pic.twitter.com/VTrOt8y7H7— Luis Almagro (@Almagro_OEA2015) June 21, 2023