Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very pleased to be here today in Vienna, at this Award Ceremony. Creativity, commitment, resilience, courage and passion are all qualities that define the people that will be honored tonight.
We often focus our attention in conflicts and suffering. This is necessary. However, we need space for hope and enthusiasm. Today, we celebrate those who believe that a more cohesive and inclusive world is not only possible but indispensable.
Political dialogue and discussion across sectors are all necessary tools to advance the goals of the Alliance. During the Forum that starts tomorrow, we will participate in exciting debates. But we need to ensure that this dialogue leads to action that is real and concrete, and make this world better for everyone.
The Intercultural Innovation Award is the best example of this commitment to action. Let me thank the BMW Group, and in particular Mr. Bill Mc Andrews, for its continued support and strong partnership. Both the Alliance and the BMW Group are committed to helping these winners increase their impact and expand their range of action.
Let us all celebrate outstanding achievement and creativity. Let us all get inspired by these champions.