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Saturday, September 15 2018 - 07:58
Peres Center Honors Ronald S. Lauder At Intimate Dinner
NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--


-- Prominent leaders gathered to reflect on Shimon Peres's legacy and honor 
Lauder's lifetime pursuit of making the world a better place with a warm, 
celebratory dinner

Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder was honored Thursday night at an intimate 
celebration hosted by the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, becoming the 
sixth recipient of its prestigious Peace and Innovation Award, designed by the 
late Shimon Peres himself. The event was co-hosted by the UN Women for Peace 
Association (UNWFPA), an international women's empowerment group.

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Chemi Peres, one of the world's most respected technology venture capitalists, 
the son of Israel's Ninth President Shimon Peres and chairman of the board of 
the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, presented the award. He noted that 
his father's stroke, which precipitated his passing, occurred exactly two years 
ago to the day. He reflected on Shimon's legacy, his close friendship with 
Ambassador Lauder, and the special meaning of the occasion.

"Ambassador Lauder is one of the few Jewish leaders who speaks out, who states 
their mind, who cares, who has actions everywhere, and I'm deeply honored to 
present him with this award today," Chemi Peres said.

Ambassador Lauder shared memories of his friendship with the late President 
Peres, including the time he took his two grandsons to meet Peres in Israel, 
and traveling with Peres to a nanotechnology conference at the University of 
Pennsylvania and being floored by his mastery of the issue. He also spoke about 
continuing Peres's work on the two-state solution.

"It's my basic belief that the future of Israel is through peace with our Arab 
neighbors," Lauder said. "And until that time comes, my fear, very much, is 
that we'll miss an opportunity."

Lauder, who has been President of the World Jewish Congress since 2007, is one 
of the world's most influential voices on Jewish issues and a strong advocate 
of the two-state solution.

The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation was founded in 1996 by the Ninth 
President of Israel and Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres.

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SOURCE: Mr. Ronald S. Lauder