U.N. Official Picked for Path to Peace Award

Al Khalifa Chosen by Holy See Mission

NEW YORK, JUNE 5, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, president of the 61st session of the U.N. General Assembly, will be awarded the 2007 Path to Peace Award.

Al Kahlifa will receive the award on June 12 from the Path to Peace Foundation, an agency established to carry out projects to support the work of the Holy See permanent observer mission at the United Nations.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See’s permanent observer at the United Nations and president of the Path to Peace Foundation, announced that Al Khalifa was unanimously selected to receive the award by the foundation’s board.

When elected president of the assembly, Al Khalifa was serving as legal adviser to the Royal Court in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

One of the first women to practice law in her country, she has held many senior positions with leading legal organizations, including the International Bar Association, where she was vice chairwoman of the arbitration and dispute resolution committee. She was the first woman from the Middle East to serve in this capacity.

Additionally, she was an ambassador to France, from 2000 to 2004, and non-resident ambassador to Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, while also serving as Bahrain’s permanent representative to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.