Sakharov Prize 2013
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded each year by the European Parliament to honour courage in defending human rights and freedom of expression. Yesterday (20 November), David was honoured to meet this year's winner, the Pakistani campaigner for girls' education Malala Yousafzai who received the award at a ceremony during the Strasbourg Plenary session. Last month Aung San Suu Kyi finally received the prize she won in 1990 at the height of the Myanmar military crackdown after which she remained under house arrest for many years.
As Vice President of the European Parliamentary Intergroup for Animals David took part in the launch of the Group's pledge for the 2014 European Elections. The aim of the pledge is for EU political groups and individual candidates to 'sign up' to including animal welfare related issues in their political programmes.
To coincide with the debate a new website was launched that brings together all the information about the elections and the animal welfare issues at stake. It can be found at http://www.voteforanimals.eu/
United Nations General Assembly
As one of two members of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights, David participated in the United Nations General Assembly in New York, meeting Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. As well as EU-UN cooperation discussions also focused on the state of play in Egypt, Libya, Syria and the DRC.