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Iranian girl wins Peace and Cooperation School Award

The poster promoting the Peace and Cooperation School Awards 2017

A painting by an Iranian girl has earned the non-governmental Peace and Cooperation Foundation’s School Award of the year.

The Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna, Reza Najafi collected the award on behalf of the winner Sana Sadeqi at the award ceremony, which was held in the Austrian capital on Friday, Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported.

This year’s competition was titled, "Looking at the Stars: The Future of the World," and the award ceremony was hosted jointly by the foundation and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

Peace and Cooperation was founded in 1982 by Spanish peace activist and writer Joaquin Antuña and was nominated as a Peace Messenger organization by the UN in 1986.

It has achieved recognition for its endeavor towards defense of peace and non-violence, and its School Awards, whose contestants are aged six years and below.

The award seeks “to recognize the efforts of those who work towards the ideals of peace, multicultural relations, and diversity from all corners of the world,” UNOOSA says.

Several other Iranian youngsters won honorable mentions in other areas of the competition.

Around 1,000 children had partaken in the competition. Other winners were from China, Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Latvia, the Philippines, Mexico, and Morocco.

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