PTPI CEO presents Eisenhower Medallion to Ban Ki-moon of South Korea


People to People International CEO Merrill Eisenhower Atwater recently traveled to Seoul, South Korea to present the organization’s highest honor, the Eisenhower Medallion, to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


“The Eisenhower Medallion is a symbol of peace, a simple yet powerful statement of the contributions that an individual has made and the cooperation that exists between one nation and another,” said CEO Merrill Eisenhower Atwater. “Secretary-General Ban’s life of service reflects the Eisenhower legacy. This award embodies what People to People International stands for and serves as a reminder of how important the work of the recipient and the mission of People to People is to continue global peace.”


Secretary-General Ban was the Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 to 2016. As a career diplomat, Ban has dedicated his life to service and the pursuit of peace. Ban is the 46th recipient of the Eisenhower Medallion and the first Secretary-General. This award serves as People to People International’s recognition of his many contributions to global diplomacy.


The Eisenhower Medallion is People to People International’s highest honor and is presented to an internationally renowned individual or organization in recognition of their exceptional contribution to world peace and understanding. As a prestigious international award, influential humanitarians around the world have been recipients of the Eisenhower Medallion, including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Joyce C. Hall and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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