So what do Steven Spielberg, the President of Brazil, and Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, all have in common? Well, they have all been nominated for Mikhail Gorbachev’s new award, The Man Who Changed the World.
These awards will be presented tonight at Gorbachev’s 80th birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The celebration will be a hybrid of gala concert and awards ceremony. The awards will be presented in categories named after three of Gorbchev’s most famous reforms while President of the Soviet Union. The awards for glasnost (openness), perestroika (restructuring), and uskorenie (acceleration) are given to “those who have shown themselves to be people capable of changing the world for the better,” said Gorbachev in an interview with Reuters on 10 March.
The event also marks the unveiling of a new book written to celebrate Gorbachev’s 80th birthday and honor his lifelong commitment to sustainability. Green Cross International will publish “Mikhail Gorbachev: Prophet of Change”, which traces the evolution of his environmental vision. Due to be published by Clairview Books on 26 April, this special publication will include tributes from political contemporaries and partners in the environmental and peace movements, such as George H. W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Maurice Strong, Achim Steiner, Sir David King and Georgio Armani.
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