Julian Lennon, the singer, musician, photographer, philanthropist and son of former Beatle John Lennon, has received the UNESCO Peace Award.
Lennon, who was named UNESCO Center for Peace 2020 Cross-Cultural and Peace Crafter Award Laureate, received the accolade on the International Day of Peace. The award was handed to Lennon in a bid to reward his “efforts towards the promotion of culture and peace everywhere”.
According to an official statement, the ward was a recognition of his “humanitarian efforts through The White Feather Foundation and his support for many causes, UNESCO presented Julian Lennon with the UNESCO Center for Peace 2020 Cross-Cultural & Peace Crafter Award.”
Receiving the accolade, Lennon said: “To be recognised for charity efforts on the International Day of Peace means the world to me.
“The causes I support are very dear to my heart, and my only hope is that this award gives even more exposure to those in need and inspires more people to help with preserving Indigenous cultures, taking action to help the environment, providing clean water, and supporting better health and education in underdeveloped communities.”
He added: “I accept this award with the deepest gratitude.”
See the full statement, below.