Sean Penn to Receive Peace Summit Award

Actor Sean Penn will be honored at the 12th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which welcomes 20 Nobel Peace Laureates from 17 countries around the globe.


The World Summit annually recognizes a high-profile personality making an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace. Penn, actor and Founder and CEO of J/P Haitian Relief Organization, will be presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award for his work in rebuilding and aiding victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as his ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights protection worldwide.

"It's difficult to properly respond to this while avoiding cliché," Penn said. "But quite deliberately, I'm thrilled to receive this tribute and to represent it to the youth of Haiti, the strong women of Haiti, and of the world. Tomorrow is a new day where cynicism is for cowards, and men of virtue and agency will be true heroes to their sons. Many in my generation know cowardice well, but not the youth, and not the women. And NEVER the Haitians. This is an extraordinary honor in an extraordinary moment on Earth. I'm very grateful."

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